danish brown butter cookies – perfect for gifting

Danish Brown Butter Cookies are indeed a delightful treat, especially when you’re considering gifting them. Here’s a simple recipe for these delicious cookies:


  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped nuts (e.g., almonds or pecans) – optional
  • Powdered sugar for dusting (optional)


  1. Brown the Butter:
    • In a saucepan, melt the butter over medium heat. Continue to cook the butter, stirring frequently until it turns a golden brown color and has a nutty aroma. Be careful not to burn it. Once browned, remove it from heat and let it cool slightly.
  2. Prepare Cookie Dough:
    • In a large mixing bowl, combine the all-purpose flour, granulated sugar, brown sugar, vanilla extract, and salt.
    • Pour the browned butter into the mixture and stir until well combined. If using nuts, fold them into the dough.
  3. Chill the Dough:
    • Shape the cookie dough into a disk, wrap it in plastic wrap, and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes. Chilling helps the cookies hold their shape during baking.
  4. Preheat Oven:
    • Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C) and line baking sheets with parchment paper.
  5. Shape the Cookies:
    • Once the dough is chilled, take it out of the refrigerator. Roll the dough into small balls or shape them using cookie cutters if desired.
  6. Bake:
    • Place the shaped cookies on the prepared baking sheets, leaving some space between them.
    • Bake in the preheated oven for 10-12 minutes or until the edges are golden brown.
  7. Cool:
    • Allow the cookies to cool on the baking sheets for a few minutes before transferring them to a wire rack to cool completely.
  8. Optional: Dust with Powdered Sugar:
    • Once the cookies have cooled, you can dust them with powdered sugar for a decorative touch.
  9. Packaging for Gifting:
    • Once the cookies are completely cooled, you can pack them in festive boxes, tins, or jars. Add a ribbon or a personalized tag for a special touch.

These Danish Brown Butter Cookies have a rich, nutty flavor, making them a perfect homemade gift. They’re not only delicious but also have a beautiful, golden-brown appearance that adds to their charm. Enjoy gifting these delightful treats!

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