Hello all! So it seems we are in the home stretch of the summer months. While the summer draws to a close we can still take advantage of some of those summer fruit staples. In today’s recipe we will be trying some butter cookies. This recipe is basic and can be manipulated in so many ways!
by Mark Bittman
1 Stick of butter unsalted (softened)
3/4 C Sugar
1tsp Vanilla extract
2C All purpose flour
1/2 tsp Baking powder
Pinch of salt
1/4 Milk, more if needed
Heat the oven to 375F. Use an electric mixer to cream together the butter and sugar; add the vanilla and eggs and beat until well blended.
Combine the flour, baking powder, and salt in a bowl. Add half the dry ingredients to the dough, beat for a moment then add the milk (if you’re adding any ingredients like spices, nuts, etc. now is the time). Beat for about 10 seconds then add the remaining dry ingredients and a little more milk if necessary, to make a soft dough that can be dropped from a spoon.
Drop table spoon sized mounds of dough about 3 in. apart in rows and columns on ungreased baking sheets. Bake until the edges are brown about 20 minutes. Cool about 2 minutes on sheet before using a spatula to transfer the cookies to a rack to finish cooling. (If icing or glazing, wait until they are cool and then decorate right on the rack for a cleaner look; let set for about 10 minutes.) Store in a tightly covered container at room temperature for no more than a day or two.
This recipe makes approximately 2.5 dozen 2 in. diameter cookies. This is my favorite cookie recipe because it does not require any freezing or extended time in the fridge to firm up the dough. This is definitely more of a cake cookie, ultra soft and not overly sweet. As previously mentioned this recipe is a base and you can add anything to it to make it your own! The strawberries were very nice and added a beautiful color to the cookies. In the past I have added walnuts, almonds etc., they all work extremely well. For those of you that may like a bit sweeter of a variation maybe try some honey, or adding a bit more sugar to the recipe. As a side note this is also one of the best and easiest recipes to make with your kids. All the ingredients go in at one time and they love adding the flour and sugar to the bowl. My daughter also loves to spoon the prepared batter on to the baking sheet. So experiment, get your kids involved and prepare the family for a collective swoon.
P.S. Your family may request another batch after they try them.