MMMMMM, Butter Cookies!
People have asked me for this butter cookie recipe so many times that I thought I better add it to the blog. You can use any kind of cookie cutter you want. For bite sized cookies I've used the floral shaped cutteres used by sushi chefs for garnish making. People especially like the bite sized cookies, which are perfect for parties.
Two quick tips: Make sure your butter is softened and dip your cookie cutter into some flour so it doesn't stick to the dough.
Butter Cookie Recipe
Yield: 30 medium sized cookies or around 60 + bite sized morsels.
1 cup of room temperature salted butter at about 80-85 degrees
1 cup of super fine granulated sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 2/3 cups of sifted all purpose flour
Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Cream butter and sugar together until pale yellow then add vanilla. Gently mix in flour. Let the dough rest for 5 minutes. Gather the dough together and press into a ball with the warmth of your hands. Roll out on a clean, floured surface into a ¼ inch thickness. Cut into shapes with cookie cutters then place on a sheet tray lined with parchment paper. Leave ½ inch between each cookie. Bake at 300 degrees for 15 minutes then turn temperature up to 350 degrees for 5 to 10 minutes or until they begin to turn golden brown in color. Once cool ice with a layer of the icing recipe which follows.
1 ½ cup confectionary sugar
1 tablespoon water or milk plus–add just enough liquid and stir until smooth
food coloring as needed