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Dutch Butter Cookies

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Dutch butter cookies are so delicious, and even though this recipe was a hurried last minute attempt it turned out to be one that I shall never part with.  Recently my middle child had a cultural feast day as part of his project on the Netherlands.  This is the third project one of my children has done on the Netherlands, and you’d think we would have this stuff down by now.  Nope, we were scrambling as usual.  The Netherlands why oh, why do they always pick the Netherlands?!  The answer to that would be because they are 50% Dutch (thanks to my wonderful husband).  Other then desserts and cheese I was at a loss as to what Dutch food truly is.  I scratched my head wondering why he didn’t choose an ethnicity I had given him from countries like….Mexico, France, Italy, Spain, Greece, Germany, Scotland, England.  Those first five are just pure culinary gold.  Maybe, that’s why I love this whole cooking and baking thing… it’s in my blood.  At any rate, I love a good challenge and was ready to broaden my horizons.

 

After us brushing up on some Dutch history and cuisine,  we learned some pretty interesting things – like Dutch people enjoy snacking on something called Hagelslag that is enjoyed by the young and old alike.  Hagelslag is basically buttered bread with sprinkles poured on top with chocolate sprinkles being the preferred flavor.  If you do not believe me look it up – it’s real.  I jokingly told my husband that this was proof that he was weird.  Our kids found this fascinatingly hilarious and wanted to try it, and they did.  My middle son thought it so bizarre and amusing enough that he wanted to use it as his contribution for the cultural feast.  I told him we could do better, and so we decided upon Dutch meatballs and butter cookies.

 

Finally, about the cookies already!  Dutch butter cookies are pretty high up on my list of  favorite cookies.  Dutch butter cookies = a crisp, sweet, buttery delight.  Make sure to use the best quality butter in this recipe and only pure vanilla.  It is a relatively simple and straightforward recipe that calls for only six ingredients, and a little bit of patience.  My son because he is the sweetest most thoughtful guy ever  had bought me a new cookie press for Christmas, because when we were in the process of making holiday cookies the old one broke.  So, with his own money he secretly bought me a knew one.  I love him so much!!!  The point of this musing was that we decided to use a cookie press to make these cookies.  Any shape disc works or you can pipe the dough out using a large star tip and piping bag.  Do whatever you feel most comfortable with.  Happy Baking!

 

Ingredients:

1 cup butter (2 sticks), softened

1-1/4 cup white sugar

1/2 teaspoon salt (omit if using salted butter)

1 large egg

1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

2 cups all-purpose flour

 

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350°F.  In a large mixing bowl cream the butter with the sugar.  Stir in the egg and salt.  Incorporate the flour by stirring in 1 cup at a time.

Place the dough in a cookie press fitted with any shaped disc of your choosing.  You could also pipe the dough using a pastry bag and large star tip if you so choose.

Using the cookie press extrude the dough out onto cookie sheets continuing the process until you run out of dough.

Bake for 8-12 minutes or until the cookies start to turn golden brown around the edges.

Cool and enjoy!

~Sarah

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