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christmas butter cookies

Christmas Butter Cookies

Butter cookies are the perfect cookie for your Christmas cookie tray! They stay fresh much longer than most cookies and are great for gifting.
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Chill Time 20 mins
Total Time 45 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 24 cookies

Ingredients
  

Christmas Butter Cookies

  • 1 cup unsalted butter room temperature
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large egg yolks room temperature
  • 2 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1-3 tbsp milk

Chocolate (optional)

  • 4 oz semi sweet chocolate such as Ghirardelli or Bakers
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil optional

Instructions
 

Christmas Butter Cookies

  • In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat butter and sugar on high until light and fluffy - about 2 minutes
  • Turn the mixer to medium and add the egg yolks one at a time. Add in the vanilla.
  • Scrape down the sides of the bowl if needed. Add in the salt and flour and beat on medium.
  • Add in the milk 1 tbsp at a time until the dough reaches a pipe-able consistency. Keep in mind that the more milk you add, the more your cookies will spread.
  • Transfer about one third of the dough to a piping bag fitted with a very large tip, such as Wilton 8B.
  • Pipe swirls onto a baking sheet lined with parchment or a silpat mat for easy clean up. You can also use an ungreased, unlined baking sheet.
  • Chill the piped cookies in the fridge 20-30 minutes. Meanwhile, preheat oven to 350°F.
  • Bake chilled cookies in batches for approximately 13-15 minutes.
  • Let cookies cool on the baking sheet for a few minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.

Chocolate (optional)

  • Melt the chopped chocolate and coconut oil together in a saucepan over low heat. Alternatively, you can microwave them in 20 second increments, stirring in between each.
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