Danish Cookie Rings (Vanille Kranse)

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“If you are of Danish background you'll long for this traditional Christmas cookie. It is not Christmas in our house without Vanille Kranse served...”
5 dozen

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Grease cookie sheets; set aside.
  2. Process almonds in food processor until ground, but not pasty.
  3. Place almonds, flour, sugar and baking powder in a large bowl.
  4. Cut butter into flour mixture with pastry blender or 2 knives until mixture is crumbly.
  5. Beat egg, milk and vanilla in a small bowl with a fork until well blended.
  6. Add egg mixture to flour mixture; stir until soft dough forms.
  7. Spoon dough into a pastry bag fitted with medium star tip.
  8. Pipe 3-inch rings 2-inches apart on prepared cookie sheet.
  9. Refrigerate rings 15 minutes or until firm.
  10. Preheat oven to 375°F.
  11. Cut each cherry in half. Cut each red cherry half into quarters; cut each green cherry half into 4 slivers.
  12. Press red cherry quarter onto each ring where ends meet.
  13. Arrange 2 green cherry slivers on either side of red cherry to form leaves.
  14. Bake 8-10 minutes or until golden.
  15. Remove cookies to wire racks; cool completely.
  16. Store tightly covered at room temperature or freeze up to 3 months.

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