These are Iceland’s most traditional Christmas cookies. They come from a really old recipe. 

Makes about 80


You will need:


2 cups all purpose flour

1½ cups butter, soft

1¾ cups powdered sugar

1 tablespoon vanilla extract

  1. Place all the ingredients in a bowl and mix together to a smooth dough.
  2. Divide into 2 rolls, each about 2” thick.
  3. Cover in plastic and cool for 2 hours.
  4. Heat the oven to 375°F.
  5. Cut the rolls into thin slices and place on a baking tray covered with parchment paper.
  6. Bake until light brown. This will take about 6–7 minutes.
  7. Cool on a wire rack.


These are crisp and buttery! Serve them with some jam on top.

Photography by Ellen Silverman + Susanna Blavarg

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