One of my favorite holiday traditions is making Christmas cookies. My favorite cookie? A delicious butter cookie (although shortbread is a very close second). When I was a child, my family would make butter cookies during the Christmas season. My mom would make the dough; my dad would roll the dough out, and my brother and I would press the cookies. Then mom would watch while they baked.
This year, I wanted to share this recipe because this is the first time that I have made the dough myself. I rolled the dough out, and I pressed cookie with cutters that I used as a child. It brought back so many good memories, but I also made new ones.
When these cookies are still warm, you can put jelly on them and make a cookie sandwich. My mom prefers them this way, but I prefer the single cookies. Use any jelly you love! We were going to use strawberry rhubarb, but I am a horrible daughter and forgot the jelly.
German Butter Cookies
Makes 36-48 cookies (depends on the shapes and sizes)
- 2 1/2 sticks butter, room temperature
- 2/3 cup sugar
- 1 egg
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 3 cups flour
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/8 teaspoon salt
In a mixing bowl, cream butter and sugar together until light and fluffy.
In another bowl, mix dry ingredients together and whisk until combined.
- Once the butter and sugar are creamed, add eggs and vanilla, beating until light and fluffy.
- Slowly add flour mixture and mix until just combined.
- Allow dough to sit in the fridge overnight.
- Preheat oven to 350.
- Roll out dough until about 1/4 inch thick; cut cookies out of dough.
- Bake for 8-10 minutes or until edges just begin to turn golden.
- Cool for 1-2 minutes on a cookie sheet and then transfer to cooling racks.
- These can be eaten plain, with jam sandwiched in between, and/or with powdered sugar.
Does your family make Christmas cookies? Do you have a favorite? If you're still looking for that perfect cookie, head over to this Christmas cookie recap for some ideas!
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