Butter cookie

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Butter cookie
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Alternative namesButter biscuits, brysselkex, sablés, Danish biscuits
Place of originDenmark
Main ingredientsButter, flour, sugar

Butter cookies (or butter biscuits), known as Brysselkex, Sablés, and Danish biscuits, are unleavened cookies consisting of butter, flour, and sugar.[1] They are often categorized as a "crisp cookie" due to their texture, caused in part because of the quantity of butter and sugar. It is generally necessary to chill the dough to enable proper manipulation and handling. Butter cookies at their most basic have no flavoring, but they are often flavored with vanilla, chocolate, and coconut, and/or topped with sugar crystals. They also come in a variety of shapes such as circles, squares, ovals, rings, and pretzel-like forms, and with a variety of appearances, including marbled, checkered or plain.[2] Using piping bags, twisted shapes can be made. In some parts of the world, such as Europe and North America, butter cookies are often served around Christmas time. Butter cookies are also a very popular gift in China, especially during Chinese New Year.[3][4]

Danish butter cookies[edit]

Denmark has been a notable exporter of butter cookies for many years, in particular to the US and Asia. They are made in many varieties, and exported industrial produced butter cookies are typically packed and sold in tins,[5][6][7][8] with Royal Dansk being a notable example.[5]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Clark, Melissa (October 9, 2013). "Cultured Butter Cookies Recipe". NYT Cooking. Retrieved June 24, 2018.
  2. ^ "These buttery cookies are the perfect canvas for holiday decorations". Today. December 12, 2017. Retrieved June 24, 2018.
  3. ^ "Chinese New Year in Hong Kong". Hong Kong FastFacts. Retrieved January 14, 2020.
  4. ^ Wright, Rachel (May 15, 2008). Living and Working in Hong Kong: The Complete Practical Guide to Expatriate Life in China's Gateway. How to Books Ltd. p. 96. ISBN 1845281950.
  5. ^ a b "The Enduring Appeal of Royal Dansk Butter Cookies". Vice. 14 December 2017. Retrieved 22 January 2020.
  6. ^ Butter Cookies in Tins from Denmark. U.S. International Trade Commission. Volume 3092 of USITC publication. pp. I1-I12. 1998.
  7. ^ Bisquit People: Danish Butter Cookies
  8. ^ Bisquit People: Danish Butter Cookies: Process and recipes

Further reading[edit]

  • Friberg, Bo. The Professional Pastry Chef. 4th. New York: John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 2002.