Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Baking: Butter Cookie Recipe for Cookie Press

Yesterday I got on the step stool and pulled out my collection of sprinkles, holiday cookie boxes, and all my baking tools from the top shelf of my cupboards.  You know what that means! It's time for holiday cookies!!

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.
Work in 1 egg yolk and 1/2 tsp Vanilla extract.

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!
Sprinkle away!
Pretty assortment of sprinkles
Bake at 350 degrees for 8-10 minutes.  Remove promptly from the cookie sheets and cool on a cooling rack.

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.


Piggy KL


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