fluffy butter icing melts in your mouth as you take a bite of
these cookies. The variations are endless and you can use your
imagination for cookie shapes, icing colors and seasonal themes.
Mini-heart cookies are romantic and you can write messages with the icing. Butter can be softened slightly in the microwave if
you tend to keep it in the freezer. This is a simple butter
cookie recipe, which makes enough cookies for a party or quite a
few gift bags. For Valentine's Day make pink-iced cookies in
heart shapes. Let the frosting dry, then place in clear
cellophane bags and add a gift tag. This dough also makes the
cutest Christmas cookies. Cut out tree shapes and ice with green
or pink icing. Sprinkle with nonpareils and arrange on a large
doily-lined foil platter. Plain cookies could also
be dipped in melted chocolate and then chopped nuts.
Buttery Cookie Dough
3/4 cup butter, softened
teaspoon vanilla extract
cups all-purpose flour
teaspoon baking soda
teaspoon cream of tartar
Smooth Butter Icing
1/2 cup butter
sifted confectioners' sugar
drops food coloring or no coloring
teaspoons vanilla extract or 1 teaspoon clear vanilla
tablespoons fat-free milk
In a large bowl, use a mixer to cream the butter and
until fluffy. Beat in the eggs and vanilla.
2. Sift the flour,
baking soda, cream of tartar and salt over the
butter; beat on low speed just until a dough forms.
3. Place the cookie
dough in the freezer for 15 to 20 minutes to firm the
This is a good time to make the icing.
4. Preheat the oven
Icing: In a
medium bowl, cream the butter, then add
sugar on low speed. Add food coloring, vanilla
enough milk to make a firm creamy icing. Beat 1 minute
fluffy. Set aside until needed.
6. Roll dough out
on a well-floured breadboard. Cut out shapes with
favorite cookie cutters. Use a pancake turner to transfer
to nonstick or parchment-lined baking sheets. Bake in
preheated oven for 8-12 minutes.
Ice cookies, then set on a large plate. Leave to dry, then
with plastic wrap or arrange in bags for gifts.
1: Make half the dough chocolate by adding
ounces melted Valrhona Manjari, 2 tablespoons dark brown
and 1 teaspoon black cocoa to half the dough.
2: Divide and color with natural food coloring or
plain, divide the frosting and color each bowl with a
color, e.g., red and green for Christmas. In October,
all the dough orange and cut out pumpkins. In the
use daisy shaped cookie cutter, make plain sugar
and make a royal icing by beating 3 tablespoons
powder, 4 cups confectioners' sugar and 5 to 7
water. Color icing in pastel colors. Spread with
color, pipe white icing along the edges.
Flavor the dough with almond extract; bake and
ice and top with sliced almonds.
4: Make round chocolate and vanilla cookies. Set
flavors in paper cups. Tie with a bow.
Note: If you are packing these in boxes or tins,
icing dry overnight. Set iced cookies
on plates and
cover with plastic wrap.
Makes 2 to 3 dozen iced cookies
Christmas Tree Cookie Cutter