Christmas cookies

These cookies is a classic Danish Christmas cookie. You can buy them in every store come mid November, but nothing beats the homemade kind.

Makes approximately 100

Bakers, please note: these cookies will be soft out of the oven and until completely cold. Do not bake until hard or you will have burned lethal throwing discs 😋


125 grams of butter

100 grams of sugar

100 grams of dark syrup

1 teaspoon of potash

2 teaspoons of water

1/2 a teaspoon of cardamom powder

1/2 a teaspoon of ginger powder

1/2 a teaspoon of cloves powder

1 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon powder

25 grams of finely chopped Pomerans zest (also called bitter orange)

25 grams of chopped blanched almonds

250 grams of flour


Heat butter, sugar, and syrup until just boiling then remove from heat. Stir it so it doesn’t burn.

Mix potash with cold water, then add to the warm mix.

Let it all cool until temperate.

Add all the other ingredients and knead the dough well.

Roll into 5 cm thick sausages and leave in the fridge 1-2 days. Roll them if they loose shape while resting in the fridge. It’s important they are completely cold all the way through.

Slice thinly (2-3 mm) and place on a baking tray (not to close)

Bake for 200C at the top of the oven for 6-7 min.


The dough keeps in the fridge for 2 weeks so make a big batch and pull it out for when guests are coming over. Just slice and bake and you can serve freshly home baked cookies.

Enjoy, and Merry Christmas

Love, Tea

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    1. Hehe nope. I’m Danish. It’s also called pearlash, potassium carbonate, salts of tartar, and carbonate of potash. Here in Denmark you can find it in most stores in the spice section but no idea about the rest of the world 😋

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          1. I do have baking soda! Thanks for the suggestion. 😀 Unsurprisingly, cream of tartar is not a common ingredient where I live (yet common in the baking aisle) and I don’t really know how it works either.

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  1. Are these the ones with the icing sugar dusting? The ones that taste like almonds? I love those cookies. I once tried homemade ones and they were so much better than store bought! Is it bad I have no idea what potash is, and that it’s even used in baking?

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    1. No, no sugar dusting. At least not in the danish version.
      Potash is also called pearlash, potassium carbonate, salts of tartar, and carbonate of potash. You can use baking soda, but it will change the flavor of the cookies a bit (use half the amount you would potash)

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          1. I just looked it up, and I haven’t tried this cookie before. These cookies look really yummy! 😋

            Also, these cookies are very different than the cookie I was thinking about. I was thinking about those moon crescent almond cookies LOL

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