Danish Aristocrats

"Excellent Christmas recipe. I have made these every year since 1992 when I found the recipe in BC Woman to Woman Magazine it was credited to Mrs M.H. Wilkinson. I have not changed anything in the recipe it is excellent the way it is. For variety add a 1/2 tsp Almond extract orfresh ground nutmeg or finely grated orange peel. Try the original first tho you won't be disappointed"
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Ready In:
8 dozen cookies




  • Heat oven 375°F degrees.
  • Cream together butter and sugar; add beaten egg.
  • Mix together flour & salt.
  • Using a wooden spoon stir flour into the creamed butter mixture.
  • Work in the nuts until evenly distributed.
  • Divide dough into 4 parts and roll each part into a sausage about 2-inches in diameter. Wrap in wax paper and refrigerate until firm.
  • Slice the dough into 1/4" slices and place 1" apart on an ungreased cookie sheet.
  • Bake for 10-12 minutes (bake in center of the oven) Do not let the cookies brown too much they should be the color of shortbread--pale golden.
  • Store in tins in the fridge or freezer.

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  1. I wasn't really sure I liked these when they first came out of the oven. I'm not really fond of almonds but I have to say when I tried them the following day they mellowed quite and bit and are really quite good. I think I got pretty close to the 8 dozen. These were the easiest cookies that used refrigerated dough that I ever made. I will try these again but I may try walnuts next time. Thanks
  2. Excellent! Added 1 teaspoon almond flavoring. Huge hit. Dough frooze very well. This cookie is definitely on my favorites list.
  3. Bergy, those cookies are great. They are so easy to make, especially at times when you need a lot of cookies, such as Christmas. I followed the recipe and did what one reviewer suggested and used my hands to work in the flour. I think that made it easier and quicker. I also drizzled half of them with a little bit of melted milk chocolate when they cooled. Thanks for sharing!
  4. Easy to make cookie. Made the holiday cookie exchange a quick project instead of an all-day cooking event. It didn't make 8 dozen cookies however. I did the recipe for 12 dozen and ended up with just over 9 dozen. Everyone loved the result. More than a few said it was their favorite of the 18 cookies there.
  5. I made these for a class assignment and they turned out great! Everyone asked me where I found the recipe, trade secret... Although, you shouldn't have "Heat oven 375F degrees." if we have to refrigerate them. :D


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