vanillin socker cookies

Vanillin soccer cookies on a tray with a wrapped package of cookies alongside.

I just rediscovered these absolutely delicious vanillin socker cookies in time for holiday baking. The unusual key ingredients are vanilla sugar and Lyle’s Golden Syrup. My research found that vanilla sugar is a common ingredient in Nordic baking. So, I look for Dr. Oetker’s brand in the baking isle at my grocery store. I’ve found that Lyle’s Golden Syrup is often stocked with the maple syrup, molasses and corn syrup. These vanillin socker cookies are so simple to make, they are perfect for a last minute treat or hostess gift. 

vanillin socker cookies

Serves: Makes about 50 cookies
Cooking Time: 13 minutes


  • 1 cup unsalted butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons vanilla sugar
  • 2 tablespoons Lyles Golden Syrup
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda



Heat oven ot 325°F. Line two rimmed baking sheets with parchment paper.


Cream the butter, sugar, vanilla sugar and Lyles Golden Syrup until fluffy.


Stir together flour and soda. Mix into the creamed butter mixture and blend until the dough forms into a ball.


Divide the dough into 4 balls.


Roll each ball into a long log about 13” long and the diameter of a fat quarter (2 logs per cookie sheet).


Bake for 13 minutes or until golden brown.


Slice on the bias about ¾ inches wide while they are warm, and separate after they cool.


I found this recipe in my high school senior class cookbook and it was shared by Jane Zema.


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  • Reply
    Jane Summerfelt
    December 23, 2019 at 2:11 pm

    Haha! I was thinking – “this is my mother’s recipe!” and just noticed your note about where you found it! My mom made these often – they are not pretty but they are delicious! My kid’s fave. Thanks for sharing.

  • Reply
    Kathy Mayeda
    December 18, 2020 at 7:24 pm

    I am so happy that you posted this! I was thinking about these cookies! They used to be in my Christmas cookie assortment 30 years ago! The recipe has been lost for at least a decade!

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