These basic butter cookies do taste as delicious as the one your grandmum always made you when little. Beware yourself that you do not eat all of them straight out of the oven, your whole house will smell like heaven if you bake them.
This is a very basic recipe like in the old times, but it is made with less sugar.
Refrigerate the dough rolls for at least one hour, this will make it easier for you, to cut them without falling apart.
If you want to decorate them, let me show you how you can make a pastel icing and decorate them in a beautiful way.
Are you a chocolate and nut lover? Then also have a look at my Pecan Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies.
Basic Butter Cookies
- 150 g (0.7 cups) butter, room temperature
- 1 (1 ) egg
- 100 g (0.5 cups) sugar
- 1 (1 ) package bourbon vanilla sugar
- 1 pinch (1 pinch) of salt
- 250 g (2 cups) all-purpose flour
- Beat the butter for two minutes in a kitchen machine.
- Add the egg, sugar, bourbon vanilla sugar and salt and beat until pale.
- Stir in the flour until you have a smooth dough.
- Form the dough on a well-floured working surface to a long roll with a diameter of 5cm/2in. Wrap the roll in a baking paper and let it chill for one hour in the fridge. Cooling the dough makes it easier to cut it later.
- Preheat your oven to 200°C/390°F (conventional).
- Place your chilled dough-roll on a cutting board and cut about 1cm/0.4in thick cookies. Put them on a with baking paper lined baking sheet. The cookies should have enough space. Therefore it's better to use two baking sheets.
- Bake your cookies for 10 minutes in the middle of the preheated oven. If you use two baking sheets, bake one after the other.
- Let them cool down on a cooling rack.
- You can store your butter cookies with the pastel glaze up to one week in a cookie box.