Chocolate Dipped Danish Butter Cookies

These tender Danish Butter Cookies are dipped in chocolate and decorated with your favorite sprinkles. They’re melt-in-your-mouth delicious and super easy to make!

Butter Cookies Piled Into a Tin and Arranged Neatly on a Serving Plate

Melt in Your Mouth Butter Cookies

These cookies are wonderfully buttery and tender – especially after sitting for a day. They are actually perfect for making ahead for that reason. They’re even better the day AFTER making them!

The cookie dough comes together quickly, too. There’s no need to refrigerate it and no need to make cookie dough balls. Just pipe the cookies onto the pan and bake. Super quick and easy!

I’m a lover of any cookie dipped in chocolate, and these are no exception. The chocolate adds flavor and texture to the cookies and helps seal in their moisture so they stay fresh for longer. I added red, green and silver sprinkles to these cookies to give them a festive Christmas flair!

A Tin Filled with Butter Cookies and Lined with Parchment Paper

What Are Butter Cookies?

I would describe butter cookies as a cross between a cutout sugar cookie and shortbread. Sugar cookies are generally a little softer and use a leavening agent, which these don’t. But shortbread is often more dry and crumbly, and it doesn’t use egg.

With the addition of the egg to these cookies, they are more tender and don’t fall apart when you bite into them. Instead, they melt in your mouth. So, they’re kind of a mix between the two cookies.

These butter cookies are perfect if you have a family where some like cookies that are more crunchy and some like cookies that are more soft. These fall right in the middle as long as you don’t over bake them.

White Chocolate Butter Cookies on a Pale Pink Plate Beside a Bowl of Pastel Sprinkles

Cookie Ingredients

You only need 8 ingredients to make these buttery, chocolatey cookies. I’m willing to bet that you already have them all on hand!

  • Unsalted Butter: Bring your butter to room temperature.
  • Granulated Sugar
  • Egg
  • Vanilla Extract
  • All-Purpose Flour: I recommend using a food scale to weigh your flour in order to avoid over-measuring it.
  • Salt
  • Milk
  • Melting Chocolate
  • Sprinkles: If desired, add your favorite sprinkles onto the chocolate part of your cookies.

Butter Cookies Lined Up on a Plate Beside a Bowl of Sprinkles

How to Make Butter Cookies

These cookies are not only easy to make, but it’s also really easy to make them look good. They’re piped onto the baking pan rather than scooped, and you can use a fancy piping tip to give them a cool pattern!

  1. Prepare for Baking: Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line baking sheets with silicone baking mats or parchment paper.
  2. Cream Butter & Sugar: Cream the butter and sugar together in a large mixer bowl on medium speed until light in color and fluffy, about 3-4 minutes. You should be able to see the mixture lighten in color and get a creamy texture and know it’s ready.
  3. Add Egg & Vanilla: Add the egg and mix until well combined. Then, add the vanilla extract and mix until well combined.
  4. Add Flour & Salt: Add the flour and salt and mix until the dough is just combined, then remove the bowl from the mixer and finish combining with a rubber spatula, if needed. Do not over mix.
  5. If Needed, Add Milk: Add milk a teaspoon at a time, as needed, to get the dough to a pipeable consistency. The best way to test this is to put a little bit in a piping bag and see if it pipes. You don’t want to add milk if you don’t need it, because then the cookies will spread more.
  6. Pipe Cookies: Pipe the cookies onto the prepared baking sheet. I used Ateco tip 825 and found that to be the best size. I recommend an open star tip, as opposed to a closed star. You don’t want it to be too big or your cookies will spread more.
  7. Bake: Bake the cookies for about 8-10 minutes, or just before they turn golden on the edges. Timing can vary by oven as well as the size of your piping tip and the size of cookie it makes.
  8. Let Cool: Remove your cookies from the oven and allow them to cool on the baking sheet for 2-3 minutes, then transfer them to a cooling rack to finish cooling.
  9. Melt Chocolate: To dip the cookies in chocolate, melt the chocolate according to the package directions.
  10. Dip Cookies: Dip about half of each cookie into the chocolate and then shake off the excess. Place the cookies on parchment paper to dry and add the sprinkles of your choice, if desired.

Tips for Making Ahead

These cookies are great to make in advance because they taste even better a day or two after they’re made! Once the chocolate has hardened onto the cookies, store them in an airtight container at room temperature. You can make them up to a week ahead of time, but I recommend making them one or two days in advance for the best results.

Chocolate Dipped Butter Cookies in a Metal Serving Dish

Cookie Decorating Tips

  • Use an Open Star Piping Tip: An open star tip produces a better ridge than a closed star, which makes a deeper ridge that tends to kind of fall over when baking and not hold it’s shape. If you can find the Ateco 825 tip or have time to order it, I definitely recommend it. If you can’t get the Ateco 825 tip, I recommend going a touch smaller.
  • Test Before Piping: Before adding any milk to your dough, check to see if it’s the right consistency for piping by adding a small amount of dough into the piping bag and testing it. If it’s too thick, add a teaspoon of milk at a time and keep testing the dough.
  • Add Course Sugar: If sprinkles aren’t your thing, you can sprinkle some coarse sugar over your cookies instead.
  • Make Them Colorful: If you’re using white chocolate for your cookies, you can add a drop or two of gel icing color to make them really pop or get colored candy melts!

A Plate Full of Butter Cookies on a White Marble Counter

How to Store Butter Cookies

Once the chocolate has set on your cookies, store them in an airtight container on the counter. They’re best if eaten within 5-7 days. I recommend saving at least a few cookies for the day after you bake them, because they taste even better after sitting overnight!

Can You Freeze Butter Cookies?

These cookies are freezer-friendly if you want to store them long-term. You can store the cookies with the chocolate and sprinkles already on or add them later so that they look more fresh. Frozen butter cookies will last for up to 3 months! Just thaw them out in the fridge before enjoying.

More Great Cookie Recipes

Buttery Classic Spritz Cookies
Soft and Chewy Sugar Cookies
Cutout Sugar Cookies
Italian Ricotta Cookies
Peanut Butter Blossoms
White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookies


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A Tin Filled with Butter Cookies and Lined with Parchment Paper
Recipe

Homemade Butter Cookies

  • Author: Lindsay
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 30 1x
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Oven
  • Cuisine: Danish

Description

These tender Homemade Butter Cookies are dipped in chocolate and decorated with your favorite sprinkles. They’re melt-in-your-mouth delicious and super easy to make!


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Ingredients

  • 1 cup (224g) unsalted butter, room temperature 
  • 2/3 cup (138) granulated sugar 
  • 1 large egg 
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract 
  • 2 1/4 cups (293g) all purpose flour 
  • 1/2 tsp salt 
  • 13 tsp milk 
  • 68 oz melting chocolate 
  • Sprinkles, optional

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F (180°C). Line baking sheets with silicone baking mats or parchment paper.
  2. Cream the butter and sugar together in a large mixer bowl on medium speed until light in color and fluffy, about 3-4 minutes. You should be able to see the mixture lighten in color and get a creamy texture and know it’s ready.
  3. Add the egg and mix until well combined.
  4. Add the vanilla extract and mix until well combined.
  5. Add the flour and salt and mix until the dough is just combined, then remove the bowl from the mixer and finish combining with a rubber spatula, if needed. Do not over mix.
  6. Add milk a teaspoon at a time as needed to get a pipeable consistency. The best way to test this is to put a little bit in a piping bag and see if it pipes. You don’t want to add milk if you don’t need it, because then the cookies will spread more.
  7. Pipe the cookies onto the prepared baking sheet. I used Ateco tip 825 and found that to be the best size. I recommend an open star tip, as opposed to a closed star. You don’t want it to be too big or your cookies will spread more. 
  8. Bake cookies for about 8-10 minutes, or just before they turn golden on the edges. Timing can vary by oven as well as the size of your piping tip and the size of cookie it makes.
  9. Remove cookies from the oven and allow to cool on the baking sheet for 2-3 minutes, then transfer to a cooling rack to finish cooling.
  10. To dip the cookies in chocolate, melt the chocolate according to the package directions.
  11. Dip about half of each cookie into the chocolate and then shake off the excess. Place on parchment paper to dry and add the sprinkles of your choice, if desired.

Notes

Be careful not to over measure your flour. Too much flour can lead to a thick cookie dough that’s hard to pipe and dry cookies. A food scale is always the best way to ensure it’s accurate.

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23 Comments
  1. Jeni

    I just made these for the first time and WOW. They are really delicious! I only had the wilton 1M on hand and I probably added a tad bit too much milk (two teaspoons) when probably none was needed. I will recheck next time. THEY ARE SO GOOD EVERYONE MAKE THEM RIGHT NOW. Gonna add some espresso to my chocolate! Woohoo! Thank you so much.

  2. Sheila

    I only have the Wilton tips, so I’m going to try that. When making the spiral, do you start in the middle and spiral out, or do you start on the outside and end in the center?

  3. Samantha

    Hi Lindsay!
    These look delicious! My two daughters have some serious cookie cravings right now so I’m planning on making these either today or tomorrow.
    I’ve tried many recipes but I have one question that still remains unanswered: do I really need a stand mixer? So I don’t have a stand mixer or hand mixer, just a whisk and spatula. I typically use them to mix/whisk. I would like to ask you if a stand mixer or hand mixer is necessary. I am asking if it is necessary, not helpful. I am asking if you NEED it to bake things. I’ve heard it can be helpful, but is it NECESSARY? Can I just use a whisk/spatula and get the same perfect outcome in recipes?
    Thank you so much!
    Samantha

    1. Lindsay

      I’ve honestly never tried to fully and properly cream butter and sugar together without a mixer of some kind. It seems to me that it would be pretty difficult to do that properly without one. But again, having not tried it and tested and compared, it would be hard for me to say for sure. Everything else should probably be fine in this recipe.

  4. vickie george

    I’m always looking FOR easy delicious recipes!! BUT definitely continue to use ALL the recipes I’ve saved up!! Lol I’m going to make these this week with MY 4 grandbabies THEY are going to love it!! Thank you VERY much for sharing!! I will definitely let YOU know how WE do!!😂😂😂😂😂

  5. Cynthia Danna

    I’ve used this recipe four times and the cookies are delicious but I would like to have the higher ridges like you have. I did purchase the tip you suggested and the third time I made it I even use more flour so it would be even stiffer but they still weren’t quite as high as I would like. Should I freeze or refrigerate them and then bake them? I do use a kitchen scale for measuring the flour and the sugar.

    1. Lindsay

      I’m glad you’ve enjoyed them! You could definitely try refrigerating or freezing them before baking them. It might help.

  6. Suzy-q

    Yum! Melt in your mouth cookies are the best, especially with a cup of coffee or tea.
    I will definitely make these for my cookie tray. Thanks, Lindsay!

  7. Sweet Dixie Kitchen

    How simple and easy to make! This is exactly what I’m looking for my kids, thanks a lot for sharing, Lindsay!

  8. Bev Lochridge

    I would like to know what Wilton tip is similar to the Ateco #825? I have some Wilton tips that look like the Ateco #825. Thank you. These cookies look like they would be a big hit! Looking forward to trying them.

    1. Lindsay

      It would be another closed star tip but unfortunately I don’t really think Wilton has ones that are super similar. Their biggest tips seem to be the 1M and 2D and they are definitely smaller. I tested the 1M and personally didn’t like it as much. The ridges are much deeper and didn’t look as nice after being baked. It works in a pinch though.

      1. Bev Lochridge

        Hi Lindsay,

        Thank you so much for answering my question about the Ateco tip #825. I have ordered one online. I can’t seem to find them in the stores here. They only have Wilton. Your recipes are always so awesome. I look forward to seeing them. Thank you again.

  9. Christine Quigley

    I have a question- will these cookies ship well? They’re my sons absolute favorite (other than my cranberry orange biscotti) I live in NC and all my kids are in CO. Please let me know..I adore your website!

    1. Lindsay

      I would think they’d do well. Especially with the chocolate, which I’d think would help them hold together and stay fresher.

      1. Christine Quigley

        I’m not crazy about ‘melting chocolate’, it usually has too much palm oil and artificial ingredients- would any other form of chocolate work as well?
          
        Thank you, Christine

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