Danish Wedding Cookies

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Getting nostalgic today with super simple Danish Wedding Cookies! Lightly sweetened, buttery, and nutty shortbread-style cookies, coated with lots with powdered sugar to give them their iconic look. Made with only seven pantry staple ingredients, these cookies are sure to be your new go-to bake for any and every occasion! Every bite just melts in your mouth and will always leave you wanting more. Truly SO delicious. There’s nothing not to love about these homemade danish wedding cookies. Bonus? They’re SUPER easy to make, a great bake for the holiday’s, and a real crowd pleaser!

three stacked danish wedding cookies on upside down white plate with white flowers behind and measuring cup of pecans

About The Recipe

For me, there is nothing more nostalgic than these danish wedding cookies. They are something my mom and I have been making together for as long as I can remember! Come holiday’s, there was always a batch of these cookies in the oven.

So, I couldn’t be more excited to finally share this recipe with all of you!

My mom always said that her family used to buy the pink boxes from the grocery store and it was always her favorite! It wasn’t until a little bit later on in life that she realized that her family had a recipe for them.

Of course, If you’ve read the blog before, you’ll know my mom never can leave a recipe as-is. She tweaked the recipe until it was absolutely perfect. That recipe is the same one we’ve been making my entire life! Over the years, the only thing we’ve changes in the shapes.

We like to keep it traditional, but every once in a while, especially when I was a kid, we would make them in cocoon shapes. We have even used this recipe to make skeleton bones for halloween!

They’re truly such a versatile and fun cookie that everyone needs a recipe for.

close up of danish wedding cookie broken in half

The best part? These cookies, dare I say it, taste SO much better than anything you can buy in the store. They’re buttery, nutty, perfectly sweetened, and every bite just melts in your mouth.

What Are Danish Wedding Cookies?

If you’ve made it this far, I bet you’re wondering what the HECK I’m talking about. A danish wedding cookie, also known as cocoons, mexican wedding cookies, and/or simply wedding cookies, are a simple shortbread-style cookie. Made with lots of butter, nuts, cream, vanilla, and just enough powdered sugar to make these cookies perfectly sweet.

Of course, each recipe has it’s own variations, but they’re all a pretty similar cookie!

Reasons You Will Love These Danish Wedding Cookies

  • Very simple to make!
  • Buttery, nutty, and perfectly sweet.
  • Ready to eat in under an hour!
  • Perfect for the holiday’s.
  • A crowd pleaser!
danish wedding cookies on parchment lined plate with brown string and pecan crumbs, more cookies and pecans around on marble surface

Equipment Needed

Ingredients

(Full ingredient amounts and instructions can be found in the recipe card at the bottom of the post)

  • Salted Butter
  • Powdered Sugar
  • All-Purpose Flour
  • Vanilla Extract
  • Chopped Pecans
  • Heavy Cream
  • Salt
salt, flour, butter, vanilla, chopped pecans, powdered sugar, and cream on marble surface

How To Make Danish Wedding Cookies

Step 1: Cream butter and sugar

In the bowl of a stand mixer, cream the butter and 5 Tablespoons of powdered sugar.

Step 2: Add flour and salt

Add the flour and salt. Stir until mixture resembles sand, about 1 minute. Be sure to scrape down the sides!

Step 3: Mix

Mix in the vanilla and heavy cream.

Stir in the pecans.

Step 4: Portion and bake

Use a small cookie scoop, scoop the cookies to portion the dough. Roll between your palms until it the dough becomes a smooth ball. Place 1-inch apart on prepared pan. Flatten slightly.

Bake for 25-30 minutes, until bottoms are just starting to show a tiny bit of color.

baked cookies on lined sheet pan

Step 5: Coat with powdered sugar

While the cookies are still hot, roll each cookie in powdered sugar. Set aside to cool.

How To Get A Perfectly Round Cookie

The best way to achieve this is by using a cookie scoop and then rolling the dough between your palms to form a smooth ball! Then, gently press down slightly. Since the cookies do not spread when baking, whatever shape they are when you put them in the oven, that’s the shape they will be after baking!

Mix-In Ideas

The wonderful thing about these cookies is that you can add almost anything to them! They’re super simple in flavor and compliment so many things! Here’s a quick list of a few of our favorite things to add to these danish wedding cookies.

  • Mini chocolate chips
  • Ground spices (such-as a dash of cinnamon!)
  • A different nut instead of pecans like walnuts or almonds.
piled danish wedding cookies on upside down white plate with top cookie broken in half

How To Store

Once these cookies have cooled, you can keep them in an airtight container or in a zip top bag at room temperature for 3-5 days. Though, in our opinion, the best way to store them is in the freezer. You can place them in a freezer safe container or zip top bag and freeze for 2-3 months.

Looking for more recipes like this? Here are a few you may like: Pecan Shortbread Cookies, Homemade Fig Newtons, Funfetti Cookies, M&M Sugar Cookies

nine danish wedding cookies on white plate with one broken in half, more cookies around on marble surface with tan string

Expert Tips

  • It’s best to use light colored sheet pans for these cookies! If all you have are dark colored pans, you will need to lower the oven temper to 275°F. Baking time may vary.
  • This recipe needs the salted butter and salt.
  • To make chopping the nuts easier, use a food processor! There do not need to be any big chunks of pecans in the cookies, as the cookies are very small.
  • Be careful to not over-mix the dough!
  • To ensure each cookie is the same size, use a cookie scoop.
  • For smooth and round cookies, roll the cookies into a ball before pressing down!
  • These cookies will not brown in the oven. It typically takes about 25-30 minutes to bake. If you’re unsure that they’re baked, carefully lift one cookie from the sheet pan. If the bottom is lightly browned, it’s done!
  • Roll these cookies while they’re still hot to ensure the powdered sugar sticks.
  • These cookies taste best after cooling completely.

When you make these Danish Wedding Cookies, leave a comment down below! We love hearing from you and answering any questions you might have! Also, be sure to tag us on social media and hashtag it #BakersTable.

three stacked danish wedding cookies on upside down white plate with white flowers behind and measuring cup of pecans

Danish Wedding Cookies

Traci
Buttery, nutty, perfectly sweet, and delicious! Every bite of one of these Danish Wedding Cookies just melts in your mouth. They're the perfect cookie to bake all year long, but especially during the holiday's! So. GOOD.
4.59 from 39 votes
Prep Time 25 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 55 mins
Course Desserts
Cuisine American
Servings 48 cookies
Calories 97 kcal

Ingredients
 

  • 5 Tablespoons powdered sugar + extra to roll cookies in
  • 1 cup salted butter
  • 3 cups all purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 2 cup pecans chopped
  • 2 Tablespoons heavy cream
  • ½ teaspoon salt

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 300°F.
  • Line pans with parchment paper. Set aside.
  • Cream butter and 5 Tablespoons powdered sugar.
  • Stir in flour and salt.
  • Add vanilla and heavy cream.
  • Stir in pecans.
  • Use a small cookie scoop to portion dough.
  • Roll into smooth ball.
  • Place on prepared baking sheet about 1 inch apart.
  • Flatten slightly.
  • Bake for 25-30 minutes, until bottoms are just starting to show a tiny bit of color.
  • Remove from oven and roll in powdered sugar.

Notes

  • It’s best to use light colored sheet pans for these cookies! If all you have are dark colored pans, you will need to lower the oven temper to 275°F. Baking time may vary.
  • This recipe needs the salted butter and salt.
  • To make chopping the nuts easier, use a food processor! There do not need to be any big chunks of pecans in the cookies, as the cookies are very small.
  • Be careful to not over-mix the dough!
  • To ensure each cookie is the same size, use a cookie scoop.
  • For smooth and round cookies, roll the cookies into a ball before pressing down!
  • These cookies will not brown in the oven. It typically takes about 25-30 minutes to bake. If you’re unsure that they’re baked, carefully lift one cookie from the sheet pan. If the bottom is lightly browned, it’s done!
  • Roll these cookies while they’re still hot to ensure the powdered sugar sticks.
  • These cookies taste best after cooling completely.

Nutrition

Serving: 1cookieCalories: 97kcalCarbohydrates: 7gProtein: 1gFat: 7gSaturated Fat: 3gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0.2gCholesterol: 11mgSodium: 55mgPotassium: 27mgFiber: 1gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 130IUVitamin C: 0.05mgCalcium: 6mgIron: 0.5mg

Nutritional information is only an estimate. The accuracy of the nutritional information for any recipe on this site is not guaranteed.

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9 Comments

  1. I love these cookies & some times before baking them I make a little dent in the middle of each cookie.After they are cooled I put a dollop of powdered sugar frosting on each cookie.I sometimes tint the frosting to make them more decorative. Almost everyone’s favorite cookie.

    1. Hi Tina! I’ve occasionally had that problem. Try holding the pieces of dough in your hand for a minute. The heat from you hand will warm up the dough and help it come together.

      1. I may try to get two friends to bake some. My non-Mississippi friend is a better baker.

        If I like them, does that mean I will be marrying a Danish woman?

        I rarely get homesick, but your post did remind me of Mom’s baking skills. I haven’t lived in Mississippi since moving to Kansas in July 1998. Have been back for three one-week Katrina deconstruction/reconstruction trips back in 2005, 2006, and 2007. Hoping to make it back one day.