Saturday, December 25, 2010

Christmas Butter Cookies


Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all!


Christmas is never complete without cookies.

I baked some Butter Cookies for my brother-in-law’s Annual Christmas Eve Carol.

A good butter cookie is always well received especially one that is just the right combination of crispness, tenderness and a good buttery flavor.


I love baking butter cookies as it is simple yet the minute the oven is opened, the aroma of freshly baked butter cookies is just divine. I found this wonderful recipe of the makes the best butter cookies ever.

Xmas Butter Cookies 1

Pam Anderson’s  (a food writer and author of several cookbooks ) all purpose butter cookies are simple, delicious and very versatile. The dough is very easy to make. I like the method of slice-and-bake cookies as I can decorate with sprinkles or nuts. The dough can be prepared a few days in advance and stored in the refrigerator or freezer.

Xmas Butter Cookies 2

Since it is Christmas, I have made the Christmasy by rolling the dough with red and green coloured sugar.

Xmas Butter Cookies 3

For those who are looking for a great butter cookies recipe, do give this a try;

Xmas Butter Cookies 4

All Purpose Butter Cookies (by Pam Anderson)

Ingredients :
1 cup butter, room temperature ( I used 225gm)
1 cup sugar ( I used 150gm as I perfer them to be less sweet)
1 large egg
1 egg yolk
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 tsp. salt
2 1/2 cups bleached all-purpose flour (I used 350gm )
chopped nuts, coconut, sprinkles or sugar, for decorating


  • In a large bowl, cream together butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
  • Add in egg, egg yolk, vanilla and salt and mix well.
  • Gradually, with the mixer on low speed, blend in the flour until a smooth dough comes together.
  • Divide dough in half and shape each piece into a log roughly 2-inches across.
  • Wrap in wax paper or parchment paper and freeze for about 2 hours, or until firm.
  • Dough can also be stored for several days in the fridge (several weeks in the freezer, well-wrapped).

Preheat oven to 375F. (190C)
Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
Take the logs of chilled dough and cut each in half. Dough may need to soften for a few minutes. Roll each smaller log in finely chopped nuts, coconut, sprinkles or coarse sugar. Cut logs into slices about 1/4-inch thick. Transfer cookie rounds to prepared baking sheet.
Bake for 12-14 minutes, until cookies just begin to brown around the edges. Cool completely on a wire rack.

Makes 4-5 dozen cookies

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