Best-Ever Butter Cookies

I have been baking my butt off these past couple of days! I threw a cookie-decorating party at my apartment which seemed simple at first until I started to realize just how many cookies I had to make and just how messy it could be. Three sticks of butter and 4 1/2 cups of flour later, my kitchen was a disaster and the smell of fresh-baked sugar cookies was actually starting to become nauseating. However, I had committed myself to make homemade treats for my colleagues at my job on campus before I head home to California and had my mindset on making butter cookies.

Why butter cookies? Well, if you have ever tasted them, you know that they need no explanation. They simply melt in your mouth, and when they are dipped in chocolate they just about send me to cloud nine. It goes without saying that butter cookies aren’t paleo-friendly or healthy by most standards, but if eating them makes you happy, then technically they support emotional health right? Either way, these cookies are such a crowd-pleaser and although they are a labor of love, they are worth the hustle!

This particular recipe isn’t one that I created but is one that I wanted to share because these cookies were too darn good to not give the recipe some credit. To ensure that you achieve success here are a couple of tips that I found helpful:

  1. The only change I made to the original recipe is that I used 4 tablespoons rather than 4 tsp. of milk. In order to reach the right consistency, I found that I needed 4 tbsp. of milk on both occasions to make the dough pipable. The dough should be sticky to the touch and almost have an elasticity to it that makes it easy to pipe.
  2. You don’t have to use regular milk! I have made this recipe using both almond milk and dairy milk, and achieved the exact same results both times!
  3. Make sure to chill the cookies before placing them in the oven. Doing this prevents the cookies from spreading as much in the oven and helps maintain the defined ridges that you piped as they bake in the oven.

After they cooled, I wrapped them up in these adorable treat bags and gifted them to staff and professors for a homemade treat! These make for a great gift idea because they are not fragile and once the chocolate hardens you don’t have to worry about them melting at room temperature meaning you can transport them easily. Best of all, they taste amazing and the recipe makes enough that you can sneak yourself an extra cookie!

Leave a comment if you want to see more holiday gifting ideas and happy baking!



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