Deliciously Perfect for Christmas Cookie Cutting
Traditional Butter Cookie Recipe
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
With an electric mixer, beat the butter, sugar, vanilla and eggs until they are light and creamy and the sugar granules are completely dissolved.
Mix all the dry ingredients together and then slowly beat into the egg mixture.
Chill dough for a minimum of an hour. (we used this time to prepare the decorations)
Roll out the dough to about 1/4 inch thickness on a floured counter.
Cut with cookie cutters.
Place on lightly greased cookie sheet (I use cooking spray)
Bake for about 10 minutes, a bit more if you want crispier cookies
Remove from oven and let cool on a cookie rack
Makes about 4 to 5 dozen medium sized cookies
Flavoring your Butter Cookies
My favorite sugar cookie flavor is cinnamon spice, they are so tasty I find it hard to not make them every time. The other flavors are delicious too, who could resist chocolate butter cookies? Another delicious one is lemon butter cookies, my mom used to make them with lemon glaze. (I included that recipe too!)
Cinnamon Spice Butter Cookies - Add 3/4 teaspoon cinnamon, 1/2 teaspoon of nutmeg and 1/8 teaspoon of cloves to the dry ingredients.
Chocolate Butter Cookies - Add 1/2 cup of cocoa to the mixing bowl while you are beating the butter, sugar and eggs, and then add 3 tablespoons of hot water and beat thoroughly before adding the other dry ingredients.
Orange Pecan Butter Cookies - Add 2 tablespoons of frozen orange juice concentrate and 1 tablespoon of orange zest to the mixing bowl while you are beating the butter sugar and eggs. Add 1/2 to 3/4 cup of finely chopped pecans to the dry ingredients and mix before adding to the wet ingredients in the mixer.
Lemon Butter Cookies - Add 2 tablespoons of lemon juice and one teaspoon of finely grated lemon zest while beating the butter, eggs and sugar.
Lemon Glaze - Whisk all ingredients together until smooth and drizzle on cooled
I hope you enjoy these recipes, they have been favorites of my friends and family for decades. Maybe they will be with yours too!
Enjoy the Holiday Season,