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Finnish Christmas Cookies

"My friend bakes these cookies at Christmas," says Judith Outlaw of Portland, Oregon. "They're popular at cookie exchanges, but my friend's husband urges her not to trade any of them!"
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. + chilling Bake: 10 min./batch
  • Makes
    about 6 dozen


  • 2 cups butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • 2/3 cup finely chopped almonds
  • Colored sugar, optional


  • In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Gradually beat in flour and mix well. Cover and refrigerate for 1 hour.
  • Roll out onto a well-floured surface to 1/4-in. thickness. Brush lightly with egg. Sprinkle with almonds and sugar if desired. Using a fluted pastry cutter or knife, cut into 2-in. x 1-in. strips. Place 1 in. apart on ungreased baking sheets.
  • Bake at 350° for 10-12 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool on wire racks.
Nutrition Facts
1 cookie: 89 calories, 6g fat (3g saturated fat), 16mg cholesterol, 42mg sodium, 8g carbohydrate (3g sugars, 0 fiber), 1g protein.
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  • galleyslave
    Dec 12, 2012

    If you look at the recipe it says 36 servings which would mean 2 cookies each.

  • TessaC
    Dec 4, 2010

    @tonyalao Both are right. It makes 6 dozen cookies or 36 servings of 2 cookies each. If you look at the nutrition facts a serving is 2 cookies. hth

  • tonyalao
    Dec 2, 2010

    These sound good but I'm confused about how many cookies it makes - it says 36 servings over the ingredients list, but at the end of the recipe it says 6 dozen (?). I'll guess I'll have to make them to find out!

  • PeggysPotions
    Dec 18, 2008

    I love these cookies as did my hubby and son. I will have to make more for Christmas.

  • elisabet51
    Dec 25, 2007

    Hauskaa Joulua ja Onnellista Uuta Vuotta from Minnesota! These cookies are ihana!Merja

  • Carol Passey
    Dec 23, 2007

    Hauskaa Joulua from Idaho

  • Karen_MI
    Dec 16, 2007

    These sound very good...Hauskaa Joulua ja onnellista Uatta Vuotta~2008