By Beth Brown, Kitchen Store Specialist
Growing up, Christmas wasn’t Christmas without my mom’s butter cookies.
One year she suggested we may not have time to make them, and shouts of protest issued from all six children. But what makes these little cookies such Holiday jewels?
Well, the secret lies in the spritz!
The Oxo Cookie Press is our favorite, and makes these cookies even simpler to whip up.
Because you can make a lot of cookies easily, these are the perfect cookies to make with kids. No rolling out required!
The cookies are decorated before baking, so kids don’t even have to wait for them to bake before they get the sprinkles going!
The buttery, melt-in-your-mouth texture, when flavored with almond extract (or vanilla, if you prefer!) makes these cookies the triple threat of holiday baking. They’re easy, beautiful, and delicious!
Mom’s Christmas Butter Cookies
1 Cup Butter
½ Cup Sugar
½ tsp Almond Extract
2 ¼ Cups Flour
Cream the butter, add sugar and beat the mixture until fluffy. (For ease in mixing, use a Kitchenaid mixer!) Beat in the egg and almond extract, and then slowly add flour.
Divide the dough and color as desired. Form dough into tubes and place in the barrel of the cookie press.
Select your disc according to the shape you want (see key below for finished product).
When you spritz your cookies, make sure that the cookie sheet is NOT greased, and forget the parchment paper or silpat this time! The dough needs to stick to the pan for the cookies to spritz correctly. Don’t worry, the butter ensures the cookies will come right off the sheet when baked. It just takes one click of the trigger to dispense the exact amount of dough, so you get perfectly uniform shape and size cookies. You simply set the press on the cookie sheet and click! Feel free to place the cookies fairly close together, because they don’t puff up very much in the oven.
Once baked, use a cookie spatula to move the cookies to a cooling rack.
They are delicious warm or cool! These cookies are perfect for care packages, because they hold for up to two weeks when stored in an airtight container. The OXO press has fun shapes for any time of the year, so these cookies don’t have to be just for Christmas. Once you try them, you’ll think of excuses year round to whip them up!
And you can even save a few for Santa…
Merry Christmas to all!