Monday, December 19, 2011

Easy Butter Cookies Recipe

Yet again an awesome and simple recipe from Ann's blog. I have been meaning to try baking butter cookies for some time now. I felt like I needed to get the most basic of cookies right before continuing to adventure with other types of cookies. I browsed through a couple of blogs but none of the recipes spelt 'simple' as much as the recipe highlighted in Ann's blog. It called for 3 ingredients only - sugar, butter and flour. It had this 1-2-3 thing going on (you'll see). Super simple. And let me tell you about the results later. 

What you need:
100g icing or castor sugar
200g butter - cubed
300g plain flour (sieved)
(1,2,3 - geddit?)

What to do:
Pre-heat oven to 130C. Line your baking tray with baking paper.

1) With an electric mixer, cream butter and sugar in mixing bowl till pale and creamy for about 2 minutes.
2) Add the flour bit by bit, mixing by hand using a spatula.

3) Once all incorporated, chill dough for 15-20mins.
4) Remove dough from fridge. Divide into two. Use one half to work with and the other half return to fridge to chill.
5) Ball up the dough and place between 2 plastic sheets. Use a rolling pin and roll out about 4-5mm thick. (The dough is superbly easy to work with!).


6) Using a cookie cutter, cut into preferred shape and arrange on baking tray.
7) Bake at 150C for 20-25 mins.

Note: Remove remaining dough from fridge and repeat process until all the dough is used up.

This marks my third successful recipe from Ann's Blog. The first almost a year ago and the second another cookie recipe as well.

Oh yes the results. So far the people who are always my best critics - my husband and sister - totally loved it. The bonus? My 6-year old nephew quietly finishing the whole jar of cookies all by himself as we adults chatted away!!

If you've never baked or have never tried baking cookies, I urge you to start with a simple basic recipe like this.

Tips:
  • Keep an eye while the cookies are baking. For me, I baked them for only 20minutes. You don't want them to overbrown.
  • Just like Ann, I used icing sugar for this recipe as I wanted to finish off my supply.
  • Since I have an ever-ready supply of Pampas frozen puff pastry in my fridge, I just used two of the blue plastic sheets you can find in their packet.
  • I don't have any nice cookie cutters. I need to invest in some interesting shapes. Round is pretty boring.
The Sudden Cook wishes all her readers a very Merry Christmas and Blessed 2012!!

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