Danish "Brun Kager" Brown Cookies

Total Time
336hrs 8mins
Prep 336 hrs
Cook 8 mins

Traditional Danish Christmas cookie. They have a wonderful spicy flavor that stays with you long after you eat it - It's the taste of Christmas to me. Sometimes it is tricky to slice the cookies, especially if you did not wrap & seal them well, then they tend to crumble. Seal them well and leave them 2 weeks in the fridge and you shouldn't have any trouble

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Melt the butter, sugar& corn syrup together.
  2. Sift dry ingredients and add to melted mixture.
  3. Form into 2 or 3 rolls, about 2" high, wrap in plastic so the rolls are completely sealed and chill in the refrigerator for at least a week, 2 weeks is better Slice thinly and place on a buttered cookie sheet (Just over a 1/4").
  4. Bake in moderate oven 375f for 5-7 minutes.
Most Helpful

To be fair, I have not tried this recipe. It may taste terrific. I am from Danish stock - my father is Danish - and I have baked my grandmother's brown cookie recipe for years. You simply can't use corn syrup in a recipe like this and call it traditional. It's not. Traditional calls for a combination of molasses and brown sugar.

Yggrasill December 17, 2011

These have a great flavour and nice chewy texture. They baked up lighter in colour than the ones I remembered from Denmark. Next time I will try dark corn syrup instead of the white.

Lille December 14, 2007

Bergy, we loved these! Using baker's ammonia leaves these cookies with pure flavor rather than baking powder after-taste like most cookies. I left out the cardamom since it turns out I was all out, and even without it these cookies are keepers! They traveled well too as we took them on vacation with us. Thanks for posting!

puppitypup November 27, 2007