Thursday, December 10, 2009

Merry & Bright Butter Buttons

I found this recipe at Tongue-N-Cheeky with a cute story that will brighten your day, then inspire you to make these (or other cookies) with your kids. Enjoy!
Merry & Bright Brown Sugar Butter Buttons
When it comes to a cookie exchange, do you ever feel the kid in you sneaking a peek at the offerings? Scanning a table full of goodies, aren't your eyeballs always grabbed by the colorfullest of cookies? The frosted. The fluffy. The frilly.
Wanting to create the very type of cookie that children of all ages might adore, I attempted a butter cookie four times. Some were flat. Some were bloppy. Not a one held their shape through cooking, coming out of the oven like little mini-mounds of holiday happiness.
Until this recipe. This adorable little button of a cookie.
Then...imagine my surprise when I bit into one and discovered the cookies were not only flaky but surprisingly hollowed. Or is that hallowed? Somehow this trait makes them even more perfect for the cookie exchange table. A extra-unique recipe which holds a magical secret. Topped with a glimmering icing, I think you'll find these button cookies are among the first to be snapped up and swallowed down this Christmas. From my kitchen to yours. Merry, Merry Holidays!
1/2 c. butter, softened
1 c. powdered sugar
1/2 c. brown sugar
1/2 tsp. vanilla
dash of salt
1 c. flour
In a large bowl, use a fork to combine butter, sugars, vanilla and salt. Slowly add the flour, combining thoroughly until a thick dough is formed. Turn out onto countertop. Begin kneading until dough forms a ball. Roll until about 1/2" thick, cut into 1-inch circles. Bake at 300 degrees for 11-13 minutes, or just until the tops of cookies are firm to the touch. Remove. Cool. Frost with Sheeny Butter Icing.
Sheeny Butter Icing
Created to be the type of frosting which holds it place, and dries with shine, while still offering a mouthful of incredible flavor. Mission accomplished. You're going to love this frosting.
2 c. powdered sugar
2 T. butter, melted
1 tsp. vanilla
1 T. corn syrup
1 tsp. heavy cream
In a large bowl, combine all ingredients until well mixed. If a thicker consistency is needed, add powdered sugar by the tablespoon. If a thinner consistency is desired, add corn syrup by the teaspoon. Color with your favorite icing colors, pipe, and enjoy!