Butter Cookies

During the holidays, Trevino turns out butter cookies in a variety of shapes like snowflakes, snowmen and angels, decorated with icing and coarse sugar. Perhaps the biggest fan is Trevino's son, whose request for butter cookies came unusually early this year: for his sixth birthday in late October.
By / Photography By Kelley Jordan Heneveld | December 15, 2012

Ingredients

  • 1 pound unsalted butter, cold and cut into large cubes
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup egg yolks (about 3 to 4 yolks)
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 4 1/4 cups all-purpose flour

Instructions

1. Combine butter, salt and sugar in a standing mixer. Using the paddle attachment, beat until smooth.

2. Add yolks and vanilla extract, and mix until the ingredients are well incorporated.

3. Add flour and mix until dough forms. Refrigerate dough for 30 minutes.

4. Preheat oven to 350°F.

5. On a lightly floured surface, roll out the dough to ¼ inch thick. Cut with cookie cutters.

6. Bake on cookie sheets lined with parchment paper for 10–15 minutes, until edges are slightly browned. After removing from the oven, let stand for a minute, then transfer to a wire rack to cool.

7. Decorate with icing, coarse sugar, etc.

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Ingredients

  • 1 pound unsalted butter, cold and cut into large cubes
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup egg yolks (about 3 to 4 yolks)
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 4 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
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