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Swedish Nut Cookies

by Kristen

These Buttery Nutty Swedish Cookies are similar to shortbread, but they’re lighter and more crumbly, melting in your mouth with every bite.   They’re brushed with an egg wash before cooking, which gives them a unique texture.  These Scandinavian Cookies are perfect for any celebration but are especially popular around Christmastime. 

These Swedish Nut Cookies are a Scandinavian tradition found in Northern Wisconsin, Minnesota, and Iowa.   They call for only a few ingredients and are generally made during the holidays.   These rustic cookies taste delicious alongside coffee or tea and make a delicious Christmas cookie for the kids to leave for Santa.

Adding an egg wash to the top of these cookies makes them unique and gives them a crumbly crispy coating.  You can add any nut you like to these cookies, but I added slivered almonds.  These cookies are made with butter, which gives them a rich taste that your entire family will love!

During the holidays, my family spends a lot of time catching up while we drink coffee.  These cookies are the absolute best for dunking into any hot drink!

For the best results, I suggest refrigerating your cookie dough for at least an hour before cutting the dough into strips. You will get a better texture this way.  I also suggest keeping the temperature at 350 and cooking slowly until light brown on the bottom.

How do you store Swedish Nut Cookies?

cookies can be stored in a dry, airtight container for a week or in the refrigerator for 10 days. -They can also be stored in the freezer for up to 3 months and allowed to come back to room temperature before serving.

Make sure you refrigerate the cookie dough for at least one hour

I know that it may seem tempting to skip this step. Don’t!  I have learned over the years that a chewier cookie texture is achieved by refrigerating cookie dough!  Please don’t skip this step!

The Eggwash you brush onto each cookie helps the cookie achieve that delicate, crumbly texture.

You will want to whisk 2 egg whites together until the texture of the egg whites is like foam.  Then, using a pastry brush, brush each cookie before you place the cookie in the oven.


  • 1 cup butter softened
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 6 egg yolks
  • 2 1/4 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract or vaniila extract
  • 1/2 cup slivered almonds or another nut

egg wash

  • 2 egg whites


  1. Cream together butter and sugar.

  2. Blend in yolks and flavoring.

  3. Add flour and mix well.

  4. Fold in nuts

  5. Refrigerate dough for at least an hour.

  6. Shape dough into 2-inch strips.

  7. Brush egg white on each cookie.

  8. Cook at 350 degres for 12-15 minutes or until golden brown

  9. Cool and serve


These cookies are the perfect cookie straight from the midwest!


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