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Fødselsdagsboller (Danish Birthday Buns)

A recipe for Fødselsdagsboller (Danish Birthday Buns)! These soft and pillowy rolls are perfect with butter and a glass of chocolate milk.
Course Bread
Cuisine Danish
Keyword bread, buns, cardamom, Danish, Denmark, fødselsdagsboller
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Resting Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Total Time 2 hours
Servings 12 Buns


  • 1 cup warm water 105-115˚F
  • 2 1/4 teaspoons active dry yeast
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter melted and slightly cooled
  • 1 egg
  • 3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1/2-1 teaspoon ground cardamom
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

For topping:

  • 1 egg
  • Salted butter for serving


  • In a small bowl, sprinkle the yeast over the warm water. Stir and allow to sit until the yeast is frothy, about 10 minutes.
  • In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the dough attachment or a large bowl, combine the water with activated yeast, butter, and egg.
  • Mix in the flour, sugar, cardamom, and salt until a dough forms. On a lightly floured surface, knead the dough until soft and smooth. If it is too sticky to handle, add a little more flour (just enough to remove the stickiness- don't add too much or it will create tougher rolls).
  • Place the dough back in the bowl, cover with plastic wrap or a towel, and allow to rise until doubled, about 1 hour.
  • Line two baking trays with parchment or lightly grease.
  • Divide the risen dough into 12 equal pieces. Roll each piece into a ball and place at least 3 inches apart on the prepared baking sheets. Cover with dish towels and allow to rise for another 30 minutes.
  • Preheat oven to 425˚F.
  • In a small bowl, beat the egg. Brush over the risen buns and bake in the preheated oven until golden, 10-12 minutes.
  • Allow the buns to cool for about 10 minutes before slicing in half and spreading with a thick layer of butter. Serve immediately.