I love gifting baked goods for the holidays - it's thoughtful and delicious too! One of my basic staples for the holidays (and not just Christmas!) is butter cookies made with a Cookie Press. Some poo-poo cookie press cookies as an easy way out, but I totally disagree! These wind up taking me just as long to decorate as it would to bake a more complex cookie. Besides, they're so delicious, you can't have just one!
Here is a butter cookie recipe that has been passed along from my mom. It calls for minimal ingredients, all of which are kitchen standards anyway. This is also a great holiday activity to do with kids!
Basic Butter Cookies
1 Stick of Unsalted Butter, left at room temperature for 15-20 minutes
1/4 cup Brown Sugar (packed!)
1 Egg Yolk
1/2 tsp Vanilla Extract
1 cup Flour
For decorating: Sprinkles!!!
Cream butter and sugar. (Begin by cutting the butter into the sugar using two knives, until the butter is is tiny chunks. Then finish off with a pastry blender).
*Baking tip: Don't throw away that butter wrapper just yet! Use it to grease your cookie sheet.*
|Cut the butter into the sugar. Then finish off with a pastry blender.|
Stir in 1 cup flour.
Chill 1/2 hour.
Lightly grease your cookie sheet.
Use your cookie press!
|My cookie press, courtesy of a Secret Santa xchange with Piggy KK years ago!|
|Voila! Cookies in a variety of shapes. They look a bit naked though... must dress them up!|
|Pretty assortment of sprinkles|
Makes approximately 3 dozen cookies.
(I got 39 out of my batch this time! Ok, scratch that... 38... one "broke" so I ate it before it left the cookie sheet. Oops?)
The trick to these cookies is not letting them over-bake in the oven. Also this recipe allows for sweetness to be added from the sprinkles, so if you plan on making these plain without decorating it, I would add some more sugar.
Be warned, you'll have trouble stopping at just one! So much so that I usually wind up making a second batch closer to the holidays as these don't last very long in my house.