Sunday, 11 October 2009

button sugar cookies

cookies in the jar o'

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
1tablespoon milk
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).

making button holes

  • 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*


x vInTaGe VioLeT x said...

i NEED to make these and these are the perfect colour! Really clever Meri x

Janice said...

Oh no, I'm afraid that colour puts me right off the cookies. But I love the idea of making them like buttons!

Caroline said...

Oh, those are miles better than mine came out! I must have a go with your recipe. Mind, I was scared of adding too much food colouring - my dh came through just as I lifted out the pink ones and promptly said they looked like they were made of ham. Thanks, love..!

Tara said...

What a cool idea! Love them!

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