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How to make Old Fashioned Butter Cookies

Make good old fashioned butter cookies and frost them with homemade buttercream - definite holiday favorite!

Make good old fashioned butter cookies and frost them with homemade buttercream – definite holiday favorite!

Here is why I like Butter Cookies (aside of the obvious fact that they are delicious!) : You can make different varieties of final shapes and finishes and it looks like you have baked a great selection. And it can be all done from one basic dough.

Here is the recipe:

Old Fashioned Butter Cookies:

Ingredients:

  • 3 cups of flour
  • 1 cup of confectioner’s sugar
  • 1 cup of col unsalted butter, cut into cubes
  • ½ teaspoon of salt
  • 4 large egg yolks
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • Optional:
  • Egg wash: 1 large egg white beaten with 2 teaspoons of water
  • Decorating sugar and sprinkles

Directions:

  1. Place flour, sugar, butter and salt in a bowl of a food processor and process until mixture is the texture of course oatmeal. If you don’t have a food processor, you can do this with a fork
  2. In a small bowl, lightly beat egg yolks and vanilla and with motor running, add to food processor. If you are not using food processor, using electric mixer on a low speed will do the job as well.
  3. Process until dough forms
  4. Making cut out Sugar Cookies
  5. Divide dough in a half and form into two ½ inch thick discs
  6. Wrap in plastic wrap and chill until firm – about 1 hour
  7. Preheat oven to 350F
  8. On a piece of floured waxed paper, roll out one disc to a 3/16 inch thickness and chill again
  9. Repeat with the remaining dough
  10. Flouring cutters ads you are working along, cut dough into desired shapes and carefully transfer to baking sheets
  11. Re-chill rolled out dough it if gets difficult to work with
  12. If you plan to decorate your cookies, brush them with the egg wash and sprinkle with sugar or decorative sprinkles
  13. Bake cookies until edges are firm – not brown – 15-20 minutes
  14. Cool for couple of minutes on the baking sheets and cool completely on a rack

Here are a few idea for making a variety of butter cookies, using the same recipe:

Drizzle thin lines of melted chocolate over your cookies for that extra added sweet taste

Drizzle thin lines of melted chocolate over your cookies for that extra added sweet taste

Make fingers using cookies press - or roll out the dough and press with a fork to create the pattern. Let cookies cool down and dip one end in melted chocolate.

Make fingers using cookies press – or roll out the dough and press with a fork to create the pattern. Let cookies cool down and dip one end in melted chocolate.

Make a thumbprint in each cookie before baking and drop in a little piece of your favorite jam.

Make a thumbprint in each cookie before baking and drop in a little piece of your favorite jam.

Dropping chocolate  or other different pieces on the cookies will create as many different looking cookies as you want!

Dropping chocolate or other different pieces on the cookies will create as many different looking cookies as you want!

Make plain cookies and dip them into melted chocolate after you cool them down - delicious!

Make plain cookies and dip them into melted chocolate after you cool them down – delicious!


Hope you will enjoy making your Christmas cookies with this recipe – please send in your comments, suggestions and experiences, your input is always welcomed and very much appreciated!

About the author

Hanna Trafford

Hanna is the mother of two grown sons Dan and Dusan Nedelko, and is also the Grandmother to Jax, Cohen and Mila. She is the lead editor of Mama Knows and is hoping to create an exchange of communications with other grandmothers, mothers and daughters - giving everyone the opportunity to learn and share about everything that is "Mama"

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Baking Recipe How to make Old Fashioned Butter Cookies - WikiCooki - November 29, 2012

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