Monday, December 8, 2014

Butter Cookies

Butter Cookies dipped in chocolate with a few sprinkles on top
Here is another family favourite that I have been making for years.  My sister requests these all the time, (she likes them dipped in chocolate and has them with her Greek coffee).  I will make three or four batches at a time as they do not last very long around here.  They freeze really well if you have any left to freeze. :D  This recipe is so versatile, you can change up the extract, add in some cocoa (remember to take out an equal amount of flour, i.e. if you add 3 tbsps of cocoa, take out 3 tbsps of flour), and/or change the chocolate chips.  Another variation is to make 'Jam in' Butter Cookies. Have fun!

1 cup salted butter
1 cup sugar
2 eggs
1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract

3 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt

*Optional:  chocolate chips, vegetable oil, and sprinkles

In your mixing bowl, cream the butter and sugar well.  Beat in eggs, one at a time.  Add the vanilla.  In a separate bowl, stir together the flour, baking powder, and salt.  Add this to the butter mixture and mix well.  Using a small sized ice cream scoop, place the dough onto a parchment lined baking sheet.  Slice the scooped dough in half and shape into balls.  Press down slightly.  Bake in a 350 degree convection oven for approximately 12 minutes.  (If you are baking three trays at a time, the trays on the lower rack may need to be rotated to the top and baked a little longer.)    

Butter Cookies
These are nice plain but we like to dip them into chocolate. :)

They will not last long
Chocolate Butter Cookies

*I don't have exact measurements for this.  I will melt some chocolate chips (semi-sweet, milk, dark, or mint chocolate--whatever you like), in a double boiler.  Add in about 1 tbsp of vegetable oil and stir constantly until the chips have melted.  Once the chips have melted, dip your cookies in half way and then place them on waxed paper to dry. Add your sprinkles.  If you are going to freeze the cookies I suggest you freeze them without the chocolate and dip them later.

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