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Vaniljekranse – Danish Christmas butter biscuits

Vaniljekranse – Danish Christmas butter biscuits

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You know it’s getting close to Christmas when big blue tins of biscuits begin to appear on the supermarket shelves. These little, mouthwateringly delicious little biscuits are more commonly known as Vaniljekranse in Denmark, which directly translates as vanilla wreaths. Making them at home is so quick and easy and easily outweighs anything you can buy in a store. If you don’t have a piping bag with a star nozzle you can roll the dough out to any shape you want but I think they look pretty like this. You can also tie some together with a ribbon to give to your loved ones as an edible Christmas gift. These Danish Christmas biscuits are delicious when fresh but will keep happily in an airtight container for a few days, although the chances are they won’t last that long!

Ingredients

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  • 200g of butter
  • 150g of sugar, plus extra for dusting
  • 1 vanilla pod, seeds scraped
  • 1 free-range egg
  • 75g of ground almonds
  • 240g of plain flour
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Method

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1
Preheat the oven to 180°C/gas mark 4
2
Cream together the butter, vanilla seeds and sugar then stir in the egg
3
Mix together the ground almonds and flour and mix into the butter and sugar mixture. When thoroughly combined, transfer the mixture to a piping bag with a star nozzle
4
Pipe circles of the dough onto a tray lined with baking paper. Bake for 8–10 minutes until the biscuits are just starting to turn golden brown
5
Leave to cool, sprinkle with caster sugar and serve
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