Finsk Brød (Finnish Shortbread)

Jul, Christmas, Danish, Traditional, biscuits, cookies, gift, Quick, easyAs a child not a Christmas went by without my Danish mum baking a whole array of traditional biscuits and cookies. Finsk Brød is a recipe that she learned to make at school and no doubt here own mother would have made. This particular version comes straight out of a page pulled from a Danish magazine from the 60’s. Mum said she made these slightly differently by rolling out strips of dough and then dipping them in the egg wash, nuts and sugar but I decided to follow the instructions from the magazine and they worked well too. I did halve the recipe as it said it made 140 cookies. I ended up with 60 cookies which sounds a lot but they are small and dainty. I managed to fill a tin with mine.

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I wish I’d made these years ago as they are really simple to make and taste utterly divine, just as I remember! They are far superior to those tins of Danish Butter Cookies that you can get in the supermarket but then aren’t all homemade cookies. If you’re wanting to make someone an edible gift this Christmas then these would make lovely gifts wrapped in cellophane or placed in small festive tins.

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I am entering this post into Javelin Warriors Made with Love Mondays challenge as it is made from scratch. Then as this is a Christmas recipe I am also entering it into Simply Food’s Lets Cook Christmas Party Food event.  Cakeyboi is hosting the challenge Treat Petite (co hosted by The Baking Explorer) here the theme is Happy Holidays so I’m also entering this event too. Finaly the Tea Time Treats theme is Festive Foodie Gifts and is being hosted by What Kate Baked for the last time (Lavender & Lovage is co founder)

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Finsk Brød (Finnish Shortbread)
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A traditional Jul tide Scandinavian shortbread like cookie covered in a tasty glazed coating of chopped almonds and sugar.
Recipe type: Snack
Cuisine: Danish
Serves: 60 pieces
  • 250 g / 9 oz Plain flour
  • 175g / 6 oz Butter
  • 75g / 2 ½ oz Granulated sugar
  • 50g / 2 oz Whole almonds, chopped
  • 1 tblsp Granulated sugar
  • 1 Egg, whisked for egg wash
  1. Preheat the oven to 200°C.
  2. Sift the flour into a large bowl, add the sugar and cut in the butter.
  3. Using you hand knead together to form a dough.
  4. Roll dough out into a large rectangle about ½ cm deep.
  5. Egg wash the surface and scatter on the chopped almonds and then the sugar.
  6. Press down gently with your hand (to stop the nuts falling off).
  7. Cut into rectangles 2 cm x 5 cm.
  8. Place on baking paper on 2 large baking sheets.
  9. Bake for about 10 minutes.
  10. Allow to cool on baking trays for a couple of minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool.

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  1. Johnny

    Good stuff, but be aware that that bread has nothing to do with Finland. There’s a similar thing in Sweden called “Finska pinnar ” (=Finnish sticks). It’s a mystery why these are named this way.

    1. Camilla

      I know Johnny it is indeed a mystery and one that has puzzled me over the years!

  2. Martina Evans

    Lovely recipe, would love to try it someday – I just adore shortbread!

  3. Lorraine Duff

    mmm, looks very tasty 😀

  4. Lisa Williams

    I am saving these back so I can make them soon 🙂 Thank you for the recipe !

    1. Camilla


  5. D.

    Can you share your mother’s method too? Her method sounds more like what I grew up with from my Danish grandmother’s baking.

    1. Camilla

      Hi, well I have shared my mother’s method in the intro. She doesn’t have her recipe any more if that’s what you mean.

  6. Maya Russell

    I made ordinary shortbread yesterday. I love this take on it- the nuttiness.

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Maya, yes the nuts give it a lovely flavour!

  7. Jacqueline Roberts

    sounds great, would have loved a family recipe like this.

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Jacqueline:-)

  8. Paul Wilson

    I love seeing other cultures interpretations of recipes.

  9. Amanda Beamish

    I think I’ll give these a go this year instead of traditional shortbread. Thanks!

    1. Camilla


  10. Maddy

    We’re not almond fans in our house, so could we substitute pecan or walnut?

    1. Camilla

      I’ve never made biscuits with those particular nuts but I think hazlenuts would be good:-)

  11. Ursula Hunt

    love any type of shortbread with a cup of tea

  12. Laura Cooper

    Something a bit different to try!

  13. Paul Wilson

    Looks ideal for a summer’s afternoon tea.

  14. Felicity Kelly

    Lovely twist n shortbread!

  15. Carolyn Clapham

    Those sound delicious!

  16. glenn hutton

    Shortbread is my favourite biscuit…

  17. Rachel O'neill

    wow well i love shortbread but not heard of this, will have to give it a go

    1. Camilla


  18. Deepa

    Looking delicious, I do ur mom’s version with egg wash n roll it over granulated sugar and nuts mixture. it turned out very well.

    1. Camilla

      So glad you enjoyed them:-)

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  20. Jayne Sullivan

    Thank you for the recipe. I must try to make these. Such a novel twist on the traditional shortbread recipe.

  21. Ursula Hunt

    These look lovely a good twist on traditional shortbread

  22. Hafsah

    I’d love to try this. We’re fans of shortbread.

    1. Camilla


  23. KMayers

    They look gorgeous. The almonds would make them a little more special. They’re certainly something I’ll be keeping in mind for when we have our usual ‘cake’ cooking sessions when the family descend each weekend 🙂

    1. Camilla

      Thanks, let me know how you get on:-)

  24. Helen Allan

    These look lovely. My husband is fantastic at making shortbread so I will show him this recipe and get him to make some for us. Can’t wait.

  25. Paul Wilson

    Nice variant of shortbread.

    1. Camilla

      Thank you, hope you give it a go sometime:-)

  26. Maya Russell

    We all love shortbread in our household. Will have to try this different recipe.

    1. Camilla

      We love the toasted nut topping:)

  27. Laura

    I really love the coating on these – one to try for sure =)

    1. Camilla

      Thanks – they are really tasty:-)

  28. What Kate Baked

    Thank you very much for entering TTT and Happy Christmas!

    1. Camilla

      A pleasure and Happy Christmas to you too:-)

  29. Anneli Faiers

    Mmmm, so simple and so delicious! What a lovely recipe 🙂

    1. Camilla

      Thank you Anneli:-)


    I adore shortbread – I like the twist with the nuts! A definite ‘must do!’

    1. Camilla


  31. Laura@howtocookgoodfood

    Love the sound of this recipe, always have had a soft spot for anything shortbread based but think the added almond and sugar topping makes them more interesting. I remember those tins of Danish butter cookies, used to love them!

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Laura. We used to have the Danish Butter Cookies in the house too but after tasting mums there was never any comparison they all just tasted the same.

  32. Javelin Warrior

    Shortbread cookies (even the kind that come in tins) are one of my favorite holiday cookies. I don’t know why, precisely. Maybe all the butter. But I think it’s also the texture… These sound wonderful, Camilla, and certainly better than the tinned variety!

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Mark:-) I suppose if you’ve never had a home baked Danish cookie then the tinned ones seem OK but I just can’t eat them as they seem one dimentional to me and all taste exactly the same.

  33. Angela

    This makes a nice change from the traditional Scottish shortbread we have every year. Lovely festive photos.

    1. Camilla

      Thank you Angela, yes the almonds add a whole new dimension:-)

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