Saturday, 26 March 2016

Butter Cookies - With A Cookie Press

I decided to bring my cookie press back into action today, with some butter shortbread cookies.  My recipe will make 72 cookies, so doubling the amount will make a good 144, which is ideal for a family.  Double pressing the cookie press also makes larger cookies, so a smaller number will be achieved.  But the usual size which pop nicely into the mouth are just about the perfect size.

For mine I did mostly the small size and a few of the double size and they all worked out very nicely.  I varied the shapes too, just for effect.

Some people like to sprinkle coloured sugar or other things on the top before baking but I resisted that, just putting some halved glace cherries in the middle of a few larger ones.
Everything worked well and I ended up with a nice selection of cookies that taste just wonderful.

Butter Cookies - made using a cookie press

They go very well indeed with a cup of tea.  They are also a nice size, for popping into the mouth.  So all in all I am very pleased with the result. 

                  Butter Cookies - made using a cookie press - Video

Ingredients:  This is recipe for 72 cookies(you can easily double the amounts for more)
  • 170g unsalted butter
  • 250g plain flour
  • 100g sugar
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 medium egg(large in USA)
Method:
  1. Preheat the oven to 190c/170C Fan/375 F
  2. Sieve the flourand salt together
  3. Cream the butter, then add the sugar and cream it again.
  4. Add the egg and vanilla extract and beat until all combined.
  5. Gradually add the flour mixture and fully combine.
  6. Load the batter into a cookie press, with the plate of your choice.
  7. Press out the cookies onto baking sheets which have been cooled in the fridge and  that are neither greased or lined with paper.
  8. Bake in the oven for 8 to 10 minutes until fully cooked.
  9. Remove from the oven and allow to cool for two minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

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