Swedish Butter Cookies – Svenska Pinners

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Swedish Butter Cookies - Svenska Pinners RecipeChristmas cookie baking is in full swing in my kitchen.  Two batches of butter cookies are in the freezer and a double batch of gingerbread dough is chilling, awaiting to be cut into cute little ginger boys and girls, or maybe snowflakes depending on my mood. 

I keep a special folder dedicated just for holiday cookies.  With the occasional exception, I tend to bake the same Christmas cookies year after year.  Not so this year!  I am mixing it up.  So to begin, I’m stepping out with an international choice I found in an American Text Kitchen Christmas Cookie magazine from a few years back.  (The number of cookie magazines I have gathered over the years is ridiculous, but that is a different story.)
Swedish Butter Cookies - Svenska Pinners RecipeI was so happy to have happened back upon this magazine.  It is chock full of great cookie recipes, but it was this recipe for Svenska Pinners that most intrigued me.  I have been making a treasured family butter cookie recipe for decades.  These Swedish delights had the exact same ingredients as my ‘American’ butter cookie, but the execution was completely different.  I was especially attracted to the ease by which the Swedish version came together.  The dough is pressed into a rectangle and after a short chilling period, it is cut into little rectangles, sprinkles with nuts, and into the oven.  No rolling, or shaping, or pressing – just cut and bake.  It doesn’t get any easier.  And what a tender and buttery cookie it is.  

This recipe is a keeper.  It has found a permanent home in my Holiday Cookie folder.
Swedish Butter Cookies - Svenska Pinners RecipeSwedish Butter Cookies - Svenska Pinners Note:  If you are not a fan of walnuts, substitute them for your favorite nut.  Although not traditional, these cookies could also be decorated with colored sugars or sprinkles.  Whatever makes you smile!
Swedish Butter Cookies - Svenska Pinners


Adapted from America’s Test Kitchen Cookie Magazine 2012

11 thoughts on “Swedish Butter Cookies – Svenska Pinners

  1. These look amazing and exactly like tbe type of cookie I love. I can’t wait to try them! Ahem, Hanukkah night hint…. Also, tbe gingerbread!

  2. These cookies look so delicious and buttery! Going to put on my to make list immediately! As always, your photos are beautiful! So talented!

  3. This one will definitely be my holiday go to cookie. This light buttery shortbread like cookie melts in your mouth. The walnuts add a delightful and flavorful crunch to each bite. It is too easy to make, quick and fool proof.
    Thank you so much for sharing this delicious recipe.

    • Absolutely! You can make the dough to the point of chilling and instead, freeze the 8×10 inch slab of dough, wrapped tightly in plastic wrap. You can then defrost the dough overnight in the refrigerator and proceed with the recipe as written.

      • Thanks, I did exactly that. So far the slab looks gorgeous! Can’t wait to defrost & bake! (I tasted the dough, delicious)

        • Update: I made some of the cookies today. The are wonderful!!! They came out perfect & look gorgeous! Thank you for sharing this recipe, will be on my Christmas baking list every year!

          • I’m so glad you like them Sandy. They are now one of my favorite cookies. I took them to a party the other day and everyone went crazy for them. Definitely a keeper!