Swedish Butter Cookies

Total Time

Prep: 10 min. Bake: 25 min./batch


about 6 dozen

Updated: Nov. 30, 2023
It's impossible to eat just one of these Swedish cookies. Naturally, they're a favorite with my Swedish husband and children—but anyone with a sweet tooth will appreciate this treat. My recipe is "well-traveled" among our friends and neighbors. —Sue Soderland, Elgin, Illinois


  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons maple syrup
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • Confectioners' sugar


  1. Preheat oven to 300°. In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy, 5-7 minutes. Add syrup. Combine flour and baking soda; gradually add to creamed mixture and mix well.
  2. Divide dough into eight portions. Roll each portion into a 9-in. log. Place 3 in. apart on ungreased baking sheets. Bake 25 minutes or until lightly browned. Cut into 1-in. slices. Remove to wire racks. Dust with confectioners' sugar.
Swedish Cookies Tips

How do you store Swedish butter cookies?

You can store Swedish butter cookies in an airtight container at room temperature. Like most other cookie recipes, they'll keep well for 3 to 5 days. If you want to store them for even longer, you can freeze them in an airtight container for up to 3 months—just thaw them overnight in the refrigerator before eating. (Follow our cookie-freezing guide for more tips!)

Can you make Swedish cookies ahead of time?

Yes, you can make these cookies ahead of time. To do so, prepare the dough and refrigerate it for 2 to 4 days before dividing it into eight portions and rolling it into logs.

What can you serve with Swedish cookies?

We recommend serving these Swedish butter cookies with a warm beverage—whether that's a simple cup of tea or one of these copycat coffee shop drinks. (Love this treat? Check out our other cookie recipes from around the world!)

Christina Herbst, Taste of Home Social Media Editor, and Peggy Woodward, Taste of Home Senior Food Editor

Nutrition Facts

1 cookie: 47 calories, 3g fat (2g saturated fat), 7mg cholesterol, 38mg sodium, 6g carbohydrate (3g sugars, 0 fiber), 0 protein.