Butter cookies are the most popular cookies all over the world. They come in various shapes like circle, square, star, heart, shell, loose knot, ring, among others. They may also contain some types of add-ins or toppings. Raisins, chocolate chips, nuts, melted chocolate, and sprinkles are some of commonly used add-ins and toppings for cookies.
With or without add-ins and toppings, you need only four ingredients to make butter cookies which are butter of course, sugar, eggs and flour. The amount of these four ingredients may slightly vary in butter cookies recipes and of course their taste and texture are also slightly different. With our easy butter cookies recipe below you can make perfect butter cookies like a professional baker. Don’t believe me? Try it and you will see.
- Prep Time: 20 to 25 minutes
- Cook Time: 20 to 25 minutes
- Total Time: 40 to 50 minutes
- Category: Cookies
- Method: Baking
- 100g butter
- 90g sugar
- 1 egg
- 170g all-purpose flour
- 50g raisins
Step 1: Creaming butter
This is perhaps always the first step in making cookies, where butter and sugar are beaten together. Air cells will form in the mixture during this beating step which makes the cookies rise under high temperature.
- To cream butter, place the butter and sugar in a mixing bowl. Use a hand mixer to beat butter with sugar.
- First, dip the mixer’s beaters into the butter and turn it on. Then work within the butter in a circular movement to break it apart. Make wider movement to incorporate sugar in butter.
- Keep beating until you no longer feel sugar when you rub the mixture between two fingers.
Step 2: Adding egg
In this second step, you beat the egg with the butter mixture.
- Break the egg onto the butter mixture then work your mixer on the egg similar to beating butter step above to mix the egg in. Keep beating with the mixer until the egg is fully incorporated and you should get a spongy, smooth mixture with beautiful lemon color at this time.
- Use a spatula to gently gather the mixture to center of the mixing bowl.
Step 3: Adding flour
- Sift the flour on the spongy mixture obtained above with a fine mesh sieve. This will help break any lumps contained in the flour and make it easier to mix with other ingredients, especially the wet ones.
- Gently fold the flour in with the spatula. Stop folding as soon as all the flour has been mixed in. Don’t overwork your dough or you will get hard cookies.
Step 4: Adding raisins
- Adding raisins is a way to bring more flavor to the cookies. Instead of raisins you can add chocolate chips, nuts (chopped almonds, cashews, peanuts, etc.) or even potato chips or bacon. The add-ins will bring your cookies to next level.
- To add raisins, place them onto the dough and scatter them throughout with the spatula. Again, not to over-mix your dough.
Step 5: Piping dough and baking
- Line your cookies sheet with parchment paper. This will ease your cleaning work and prevent the cookies from direct contact with the hot sheet so they won’t get too brown at the bottom.
- Transfer the dough to a piping bag then cut the bag at the corner for the dough to come out through this hole. With raisins in your dough, a piping tip may not work, so just pipe the dough with piping bag.
- Pipe cookies dough in slight swirls to make circular shape (or you can pipe in rings or other shapes) onto the lined cookies sheet. The dough will spread in baking so remember to line up and space the swirls properly to prevent the cookies from spreading into each other. You also don’t want too thick cookies because it will not joyful to a bite, so press your finger on top of the swirls to make them flatter.
- Bake the cookies dough at 150 degrees C for 20 to 25 minutes. To make sure the cookies are baked evenly, you should rotate the baking sheet from front to back about halfway of baking time.
- Remove the baking sheet from the oven and let the cookies sit for 2 to 3 minutes before moving them to a cooling rack. This will prevent them from falling apart.
That’s it. Making butter cookies isn’t difficult, right? And a cup of hot tea or coffee will work best with such perfect butter cookies.
You should know that freshly baked cookies can last about 2 weeks at room temperature if they are properly stored in airtight containers. So you may want to make enough cookies for your family to enjoy for 2 weeks. However, don’t make too many because they will gradually lose their smell and taste over time.
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