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Baking the Perfect Christmas Butter Cookies

This recipe will show you how to make delicious, melt-in-your-mouth Christmas butter cookies that are perfect for holiday gatherings.

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The holiday season is time when the sweet aroma of Christmas cookies fills the air, heralding a period of joy, togetherness, and, of course, delightful indulgences.

Today, I’m thrilled to share with you a recipe that’s not just a treat for your taste buds but also a feast for the eyes: my very own chocolate-dipped Christmas butter cookies, sprinkled with festive cheer!

Remember those cozy winter evenings from childhood, when the kitchen transformed into a magical workshop, and the simple act of baking brought everyone together?

This unique recipe is inspired by those cherished moments, a nod to tradition with a deliciously modern twist. Imagine the classic buttery goodness of Danish Christmas cookies, but with a contemporary chocolatey flair.

The result is a batch of cookies that are not just scrumptious but also a visual delight. They’re perfect for cookie exchanges, holiday parties, and edible gifting. Because who doesn’t want cookies?

These butter Xmas cookies aren’t just a recipe; they’re an experience – a chance to sprinkle a little creativity and joy into your holiday baking.

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Now, I know you’re thinking: “But aren’t Christmas cookies a dime a dozen during the holiday season?” True, but this recipe stands out in the sea of holiday treats.

It’s not just about the melt-in-your-mouth texture or the perfect balance of flavors; it’s about the memories you create while baking and the smiles you spread when sharing these delightful treats.

So let’s embark on this buttery, chocolaty adventure together. By the end of this post, you’ll have a batch of Christmas butter cookies that are not just Instagram-worthy but also heartwarmingly delicious.

Tips for Making Delicious Cookies

Before you check out the recipe, I’ve got some tips for you on making the best (and tastiest) cookies. If you’re interested, check them out. Otherwise scroll to the bottom.

Use Quality Ingredients

Use high-quality, fresh ingredients for the best cookie flavor and texture. You’ll for sure want to get fresh eggs, good quality butter, and pure vanilla extract (instead of imitation).

Measure Precisely

Flour is often the main dry ingredient in these cookies. Measure using the scoop-and-level method, as adding too much flour can result in dry baked goods.

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Bring Cold Ingredients to Room Temp

Bring ingredients like butter, eggs, and milk to room temperature before mixing. They will incorporate better, resulting in smoother batter and soft cookies. They don’t need to be warm; slightly cool to room temp is fine.

Avoid Overmixing

Mix the batter just until ingredients are combined, or the dry disappears into the wet. Overmixing can result in tough cookies.

Chill the Dough

Chilling the cookie dough in the fridge for the specified time (or even overnight) before baking allows the flavors to meld and the fats to solidify.

This results in cookies with better flavor and texture. It also prevents them from spreading too much during baking.

Cool Before Transferring

Allow the cookies to cool on the baking sheet for a few minutes before transferring them to a wire rack to cool completely. This helps them set and avoids them becoming too fragile and crumbling apart.

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Remember, practicing and experimenting will help you perfect your cookie baking skills over time. Have fun and enjoy the process of creating delicious baked goods!

Here’s what you’re going to need for these Christmas butter cookies.


  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup confectioners’ sugar
  • 2 large egg yolks, room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 cups flour + 3 Tbsp
  • 1 dash salt
  • 2 – 2 1/2 Tablespoons milk

Chocolate Coating

  • 8 oz chocolate
  • Sprinkles
  • 1/2 teaspoon coconut oil

Tips and Thoughts for This Recipe

The dough should not be soft, it should be pipe able, so add the milk in slowly so it doesn’t get too soft.

I used the 1M Wilton tip. If you use a big open tip, the cookies will spread more.

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These cookies can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for up to a week.

You can also freeze them for up to three months. If you freeze them, use an airtight container with parchment paper between layers of cookies.

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Get the printable recipe card for these Danish butter cookies below:

Yield: 28 cookies

Christmas Butter Cookies

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These Danish Christmas cookies with butter are perfect for a holiday celebration, cookie exchange, or gifting!

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 17 minutes
Chill Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 17 minutes


Butter Cookies

  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 2 large egg yolks, room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 cups flour + 3 Tbsp
  • 1 dash salt
  • 2 - 2 1/2 Tablespoons milk

Chocolate Coating

  • 8 oz chocolate
  • Sprinkles
  • 1/2 teaspoon coconut oil


  1. Line baking sheets with parchment paper and set aside.Lining-a-baking-pan-with-parchment-paper
  2. Cream the butter and sugar together in a medium bowl and with a hand mixer, on medium speed, mix until light in color and fluffy, about 3-4 minutes. You will notice it turning a pale yellow.Creaming together butter and sugar with a red mixer in a glass bowl
  3. Add the egg yolks and vanilla, and mix until combined.Adding vanilla and eggs to the batter
  4. Add the flour and salt to the dough. Add the milk little by little. Mix until the dough is just combined, then finish mixing with a rubber spatula. Do not over mix.pouring flour and milk into the cookie mixture
  5. Fill a piping bag and pipe the cookies onto the prepared baking sheet. Place the cookies about 2 in. apart on the baking sheets. Once you are done piping, place them in the refrigerator to chill for about 45 minutes.Piping the cookies out onto the baking sheet
  6. Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 350°F.Preheating the oven
  7. Bake the chilled cookies for 15 –17 minutes or until lightly browned on the sides. They should not spread much, especially if you chilled them they should not lose their shape. Once finished baking, let them cool for about 15 minutes and transfer to a cooling rack.Cookies refrigerated and ready to go into the oven
  8. Melt your chocolate in the microwave in 20-second intervals, until it is completely melted and smooth. Add in the coconut oil and mix until melted.melting the chocolate in a bowl with coconut oil
  9. Dip the cookies in chocolate and top with your favorite Christmas sprinkles. Place on some cooling racks or baking trays lined with parchment paper and put in the refrigerator until the chocolate sets.dipping the cookies into the chocolate then sprinkling them with sprinkles

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:

1 cookie

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 122Total Fat: 10gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 39mgSodium: 70mgCarbohydrates: 8gFiber: 0gSugar: 6gProtein: 1g

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If you enjoyed these Danish Christmas cookies with butter, let me know in the comments! I’d also love for you to check out these other cookie recipes:

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