Button Sugar cookies
Makes 2 dozen
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter
1 cup sugar
1 large egg, lightly beaten
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
A few drops food colouring
Mix together flour, salt, and baking powder in a medium bowl.
In a large bowl cream butter and sugar; add dry ingredients, and mix well
add egg, milk, and vanilla; mix well.
Separate the dough to incorporate different food colourings.
Transfer dough to a work surface. Shape into discs, cover with plastic wrap, and refrigerate for at least 1 hour.
Preheat oven to 180C (350 degrees F) Line baking sheets with greaseproof paper.
On a lightly floured work surface, roll out dough to 1/8-inch thickness.
To make buttons:
- you will need to cut out circles with a 1 3/4 inch round cutter
- lightly press with a 1 1/2 inch round cutter ( I used a glass and a round cookie cutter).
- Make button holes with a skewer or other sharp implement (ahem I used the steaming thermometer that leave with the espresso machine)
Transfer to prepared baking sheets, leaving an inch in between.
Leftover dough can be rolled and cut once more. It will need to be put back in the fridge to set if it has become too warm.
Bake for 10 minutes.
Transfer to wire racks to cool.
cook's notes: I saw a picture of some beautiful button shaped cookies with a recipe, somewhere on flickr, but I lost the bookmark and I prefer to try things the my own way. yes I know I'm annoying like that... they were fun to make and as I have an assortment of star shaped cookie cutters I shall definitely make star buttons next time I bake cookies. OK I lie next time I bake cookies it will be chocolate chip ones but the time after that will be sugar cookies honest. I made the cookies in green, red/pink, and some that I left uncoloured. Unfortunately I have misplaced the picture files of the red and uncoloured cookies... *bangs head against wall*