Danish "Mandel Kager" Almond Cookies

"A Christmas favorite. Easy to make"
photo by moosehead photo by moosehead
photo by moosehead
Ready In:
40 cookies




  • Cream the shortening, butter, sugar& egg.
  • Mix flour, baking powder, cinnamon& cardamon.
  • Add nuts.
  • Chill.
  • Roll into 1" balls and place on ungreased cookie sheet.
  • Flatten slightly and decorated with an almond.
  • Brush with egg glaze.
  • Egg Glaze---------.
  • mix egg yolks and water.
  • Bake at 375f for 10-12 minutes.

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  1. Wonderful and very spicy! The cardamom makes the cookie extra special. I added 1 tsp cinnamon beyond the 1 Tbs in ingredient list, otherwise followed the recipe. I did find that for my oven, they only took 7 min or so to brown lightly on bottom. Will definitely make again - a nice addition to Christmas munchies!
  2. I liked these cookies a lot but I made some changes to suit my taste. Instead of the almonds I added 3 1/2 tsp almond extract since I didn't have any almonds. They tasted wonderful! Like a spice cookie but with an almond twist. I also didn't use the egg glaze per the past reviewer's suggestion. Thanks for the recipe!
  3. These cookies were pretty easy to make, and have a nice, spicy taste to them. However, I found that they looked better without the egg glaze.


  1. Very close to the 1971 Sister Malacky recipe, but she has the following tweaks. 1. Cardamon can be 1-1 1/2 tsp. 2. regrigerate the dough for 2 hours, then roll onto 1" balls, etc.


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