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Classic Butter Cookies

by Emma on January 6, 2011

in Dessert

I don't have a ton of kitchen gadgets. I rarely allow myself to splurge and buy cool gadgets, especially if I feel like I could accomplish the same task with a little bit of effort.

It's not because I'm a purist. It's because I'm…well…cheap. There, I said it.

But I LOVE it when someone buys me a kitchen gadget. It's the best! And my aunt got me a Cuisinart Cookie Press for Christmas. I finally got a chance to use it earlier this week. Behold, good sir, Classic Butter Cookies!

I loved the cookie press, mine is a cute pink color and easy to use and (the best part) super easy to clean. I could never create these cute cookie designs without this little tool.


My only complaint is that the cookie press is a little bit noisy while you are using it. So if you are a late night baker, you might watch out for that.

Also, it made such small and delicate cookies that you need to watch out how much batter you make, otherwise you will be forced to carry these cookies around in little gift bags in your purse and hand them out to anybody who seems willing.

Not that I did this…um….

Classic Butter Cookies, makes around 55 small star shaped cookies;)

You will need: 1 3/4 cup flour, 1/8 teaspoon salt, 1/2 pound (2 sticks) of softened butter, 3/4 cup powdered sugar, 1 tablespoon vanilla extract and 1/2 egg

I know what you are thinking, "1/2 egg? What the heck, Emma. That's so not a thing."

You are right, but I was cutting a recipe that came with the tool and it made 125 cookies in half, because 125 cookies is sort of a lot. If you put an egg in a bowl, whisk it, then only use half of this things will work out. They did for me.

Cream together butter, powdered sugar and vanilla. Then fold in 1/2 egg. You can do it. Now add in the flour and salt and stir to combine. Here is where I followed the directions and used my new Cuisinart Cookie Press. But if you want to just drop tiny spoonfuls onto a cookie sheet, go for it! Bake at 350 F for 12-15 minutes.

xo. Emma



Tish January 6, 2011 at 11:41 am

I am definitely stealing my mom’s old cookie press to make cookies like these!
P.S. One of the many reasons vegan baking rocks is that you can halve recipes that call for an odd number of eggs because you can easily halve the amount of egg replacer you use!

Lindsay Jewell January 6, 2011 at 12:09 pm

They’re cute! That’s one kitchen gadget I wouldn’t mind having. My mom used to own an old fashioned cookie press. I should have swiped it before I moved out.

Caralee January 6, 2011 at 2:21 pm

I love, love, love my cookie press, its an antique that I found at a garage sale for 10 cents (hehe). I make green Christmas tree spritz cookies all year round (because they taste the best)

Kaitlyn January 6, 2011 at 3:55 pm

oh gosh, those look so GOOD! kinda reminds me of the cookies my grandma makes every christmas

La January 6, 2011 at 4:02 pm

Hi emma!
I love this recipe and did it today..was very delicious! I laughed about the 1/2 egg and was still chuckling a little whilst making them in the kitchen..
Your blog has become a daily read for your style of writing and your recipes!

Tracey January 6, 2011 at 6:32 pm

Those look delicious! I think I will experiment in making them one day and substituting in soy flour. *here’s to hoping they will turn out!*

Bekka January 6, 2011 at 6:48 pm

This is so neat. This reminded me of a cute story about cookie presses (those exist…who knew?) We recently had a dirty Santa gift exchange. One of the gifts was a cookie press. There was a little boy there who desperately wanted it, because he thought it was a cookie gun that shot out cookies…like a nerf gun.

Kayleigh January 31, 2011 at 3:02 pm

I always loved the tins of Danish butter cookies my family got for Christmas… Lucky for me, no one else in my family really cared for them!