Thursday, July 26, 2012

Oma's Butter Cookies

These cookies are delicious, simple, and wonderful...I hope that makes up for the fact that I haven't posted on here in over a month. More on that later.

Once Oma got tired of baking a Boterkoek every week, she began baking these cookies.  Every time I visited her home I'd kick off my shoes and head straight for her blue "Danish Butter Cookie" tin in the corner of her kitchen.  However, it no longer held mass-produced, generic butter cookies.  I'd open it up and inevitably find at least a dozen fresh, buttery cookies made by Oma that morning.  Opa, my grandfather, would always laugh and say something like, "Oh, looks like she found something," and then wink at me.  

 This recipe is almost identical to the Boterkoek recipe,  just minus the lemon zest and a 1/4c of sugar. 

Ideally, the dough is put into a pastry bag and then piped onto the baking sheet in a nice "S" shape.  They're actually fairly impressive when done this way.

However,  these cookies somehow morphed into these little circular guys that look an awful lot like peanut butter cookies.  They're kind of rustic and cute looking. And, honestly, they taste exactly the same.  They're crispy and buttery, and go extremely well with just about anything in any season.  

So preheat your oven to 375 degrees.

 Let your mutilated, microwaved sticks of butter commiserate.

Add the sugar...

Cream them together until they're fluffy, like this.  

Add the egg and the vanilla...

And whisk it all together.

Dump the flour into the bowl...

Until it all comes together.  Wow, a different perspective.  I like this picture quite a bit.

Not going to lie though, for the first few steps I almost used the pictures from my Boterkoek post (by accident) because they look so similar.  

Flatten out some pieces of dough onto a greased cookie sheet.

To make the little pattern on the top, press your (floured--so it doesn't stick) fork vertically onto the dough.

This picture does not make my finger look very attractive. Sorry.

Rotate your fork horizontally and press it onto the dough.  Voila! 

Bake them for approximately 13-15 minutes, or until just browned on the edges.

They're pretty cute.

These guys are simple and fun to share.  You'll love them--they're lekker in every sense of the word.  


Here's the recipe:

Oma's Cookies:

2 sticks softened, salted butter
3/4 cup sugar
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla
1 cup flour

Preheat your oven to 375 degrees.  

Cream the butter and sugar together until fluffy.  Whisk in the egg and the vanilla.  Dump in the flour and mix until fully combined.  Yes, it is really that easy.
Flatten a walnut-sized (in the shell) piece of dough onto a greased cookie sheet.  Make a cross-hatch design on top of the cookies (shown in the pictures).  
Bake them for 13-15 minutes, depending on the heat of your oven.

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