My cousin recently got engaged and we are visiting her in-laws (to-be) in North Carolina this weekend. The last time she visited, her mom-in-law gifted her a cookie press and asked her to make some cookies using it and send her pictures. Well, that never happened, and being the biggest baking freak, I couldn’t resist using her cookie press. So I decided to make my favorite butter cookies and take with us to NC.
I love this recipe because it uses very few ingredients, there is no hassle of using any machine, they are just mildly sweet and so buttery that they magically melt in your mouth. Since I was in the mood for making something cutesy looking, I made little flower shaped cookies with 100’s & 1000’s.
3/4 cup – plain flour
1/4 cup – cornstarch
1/4 cup – confectioner’s sugar
1/2 cup (1 stick) – unsalted butter (softened but not melted)
1/2 tsp – pure vanilla extract
1/4 tsp – salt
1) Combine the flour, cornstarch and salt together.
2) In a separate bowl, whisk the butter, sugar and vanilla using a wooden spoon until it’s smooth.
3) Add in the flour mixture and combine. You’ll have a soft dough ready.
4) Spoon this dough into your cookie press and press out the cookies on an ungreased and unlined baking sheet. If you’re not using a cookie press, simply roll the dough into small balls and flatten them slightly. Place on an ungreased baking sheet and proceed.
5) Decorate with cherries, chocolate chips or anything of your choice and bake for 12 – 15 minutes in an oven preheated to 350F/180C. The cookies are done when the edges turn slightly brown.
6) Remove from the oven and allow cookies to stand for 3-5 minutes and then transfer to wire rack to cool completely.