Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Basic Butter Cookies

When I had my Valentine Tea Party with my Monday night knitting group a couple of weeks ago, 
I made the most delightful cookies that were so very easy to mix up and bake but... 
well...
anything but "basic" when it comes to taste.
They were absolutely, melt in your mouth,
"I think I just died and went to Cookie Heaven"
  Good.
The recipe is in one of my favorite books
and I've had it for quite some time
but I'd never made these lovely little cookies before.
{I will certainly make them the next time I need some cutouts however.}
After refrigerating the dough for an hour it rolls out like a dream come true... perfect every time.
So here's the recipe for those of you who might like to try it and don't have a copy of this book:

Basic Butter Cookies

2 1/4 Sticks Butter, softened
1 1/4 Cups Confectioners' Sugar, sifted
1 Teaspoon Pure Vanilla Extract
1 Large Free Range Egg Yolk
2 2/3 Cups All - Purpose Flour

1. Beat the butter and sugar together in a large bowl until very pale and fluffy. Add the vanilla and egg yolk and mix well. Sift in the flour and mix until it forms a firm dough. You may need to get your hands in here and work it into a smooth ball. Wrap the dough in plastic wrap and put it in the refrigerator for an hour. You can freeze it at this stage if you wish.

2. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F and line two baking sheets with a silicone liner.
 {I use my beloved Parchment Paper instead!}

3. Roll out the dough on a lightly floured surface until it is about 1/8" thick, then cut out the shapes you require and place on the lined baking sheets. Bake for 10-12 minutes or until the cookies are pale golden. Transfer the cookies to a wire rack where they will harden as they cool.

As I was rolling out the final bit of dough, enjoying the smoothness of the motion and losing myself in a daydream I suddenly looked down and saw this happening on its own...
Honestly
I did not roll that into a heart intentionally.
I could not believe it myself.
So, of course, I had to take a picture...
Or two
I mean, How fun is that?! 



And with some Pink Frosting and sparkly sugar they turned out rather pretty too.



<3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3


Xo
   Xo,

Danette

6 comments:

  1. They do look delightful. I love the scalloped edge on them too. They're almost too pretty to eat. :)
    xx Beca

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    1. This is my favorite cookie cutter. It's that scalloped edge that does it for me too! I bought it a few years ago at a Cake Shoppe.

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  2. Takie romantyczne ciasteczka na pewno będą bardzo smaczne!!! Urocze są Twoje historyjki!!! Pozdrawiam serdecznie

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    1. You are too sweet, I'm sure Halinka :-)))

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  3. They sound delightful I will surely try them soon. Thank you for your dear visits. Have a most wonderful day. With love Janice

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    1. I thought of you with this recipe Janice because I know how you love to bake and create such beautiful things in the kitchen.
      You have a most wonderful day to Dear One.

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Your comments make me so Happy!
Have a lovely day.
Danette