06 March 2012

Butter cookies

Last Saturday I went to see the newest addition to our family. My cousin had her first baby boy and we just had to swing by the house to see him. The family so far has 45 people in Holland and baby Tobey is number 46. Can you imagine the chaos we have when we have family dinner? I guess that’s why we haven’t thrown a house warming party yet. I’m panicking only thinking about it, but this summer I’m making the jump. After 2 years in the new house it’s about time.

I was running a bit late and I really wanted to bring something besides the cutest stuffed animal and the cutest little baby outfit I could find. This cookie recipe is just perfect; everything can be done within 30 minutes.

For about 15-20 cookies depending on how big you make them you’ll need:
-       40 grams of powdered sugar
-       100 grams of room temperature butter
-       2 egg yolks
-       1 bag of vanilla sugar
-       125 grams of flour
-       1 teaspoon of lemon zest
-       A pinch of salt
This is the first time I use this nice scale my sister got me for Christmas. It took me a couple of minutes to figure it out, but it can’t be that hard when there are only 2 buttons. So I started with weighing the sugar.
Then the flour…

And because I didn’t plan it well my butter came straight out of the fridge. I didn’t had time to wait till it soften so I popped the bowl in the microwave for just a couple of seconds…just enough to soften it.
I started with mixing the sugar with the butter till it was nice and creamy. Then the egg yolks went in one by one. Now it’s time to preheat the oven on 180C degrees.
When the eggs were incorporated I added the flour, the vanilla sugar, the salt and the lemon zest and mixed it till I’ve got a smooth dough. It will still be a bit wet, but that’s ok because this is not a roll out cookie. This cookie needs to be piped.
My piping skills needs some practice, but it still looked pretty good for an amateur.
The cookies only need 12-15 minutes in the oven and then you’ll have these delicious treats. When they were done I put them on a rack to cool for a bit.
Unfortunately I didn’t had a nice box to put them in so I sacrificed one of my little plates.
Now this looks like a great treat for a new mom and dad! A little bit of plastic wrap and a nice ribbon makes a world of difference.

18 comments:

  1. cookies look wonderful
    congrats on the new addition

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  2. I like these cookies, to eat I mean..not to make :) the ones that I used to have had been dipped in chocolate usually.

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  3. Now who could possibly say no to butter cookies!

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  4. Congrats, Aunty Lilly!
    I love making piped cookies, so much fun to make all sorts of weird shapes. If it's weird, you can call it an original.

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  5. These are so cute! Love their design - and by the way, did you want some chocolate dip with that - yum!!!

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru
    Latest: Ultra Chewy M&M Cookies

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  6. I love butter cookies! Perfect treat to bring to anyone. Will definitely have to try making these. I was totally thinking today what kind a cookie I could whip up quickly. This fits the bill and they look tasty.

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  7. These look lovely. I hope new Mum and Dad enjoyed them!

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  8. These cookies look great!

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  9. 45 (well 46) members of the family?! I would probably postpone a family gathering for years and years... I have a soft spot for butter cookies as I used to make them with my great -grandmother, to have plain or with little jam. These just look so good :)

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  10. Those are lovely! I love the little swooshy z/s designs :) Perfect for mum and baby boy

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  11. I know, how important it is to have a kitchen scale handy. It really really helps! I loved these buiscuits....looks yummy!
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  12. Yum. You've got me craving a big stack of butter cookies!

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  13. I've been craving a butter cookie recipe! I love these!

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  14. Lilly what a lovely cookies, very cute treat!

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  15. Hi Lilly, congrats to your cousin on her little boy. What a lovely gift to bring around! Hope you are well and fully recovered from your op.

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  16. What a fun cookie...and there's something about butter cookies that are addicting! I just love them!

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  17. Hi Lilly! I have been looking high and low in my list for your blog and missed catching up with you. Hope all is well with you ;). You know something, I think I don't bake enough cookies.. LOL. And I have never done piped cookies before. I really do love simple butter cookies (the kind that melts in the mouth) and yours look just like them.. Lovely!!! xoxo, Jo

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  18. these cookies look wonderful! I bet your cousin enjoyed them very much!

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