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Italian Butter Cookies

Italian Butter Cookies are classic melt in your mouth cookies that can be topped with cherries or chocolate for a delectable holiday treat.
 
I am SO excited to be participating in the 2015 Christmas Cookie Recipe Swap this year! I’ll be sharing these super easy Italian Butter Cookies from Olives & Okra with you.
 
 
 
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I’ve often bought butter cookies around Christmas and last year I bought a giant tin from Costco. For some reason I thought the four of us could easily demolish that tin.

Oh how wrong I was! I’m pretty sure we didn’t finish that sucker until sometime around Easter. I was NOT going to make that same mistake so when I got the recipe I was pretty excited.

Ingredients you need:

  • butter 
  • sugar
  • egg
  • vanilla
  • all purpose flour
  • baking powder 
  • salt
  • cherries
  • dark chocolate
  • white chocolate

How to make Italian Butter Cookies

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat.
  2. In a large mixing bowl cream butter and sugar until fluffy. Add egg and vanilla and mix well.
  3. With the mixer on low speed, slowly add the flour, baking powder, and salt. Mix on low until ingredients are combined but DO NOT over mix!
  4. Fill a pastry bag fitted with a large star tip with dough. Pipe cookies onto lined baking sheet, spacing about 2 inches apart. Press a cherry half in the center of each cookie. Or shape cookies as desired or pipe into desired shapes.
  5. Bake until cookies are firm and edges are lightly brown, about 10-13 minutes. Remove cookies from baking sheet and cool on wire racks.
  6. If desired, dip cookies in melted chocolate or spread the chocolate on top and drizzle the contrasting color over it.

My long time readers will know that baking is not my strong suit- and that might be a slight understatement- but I committed to reading the recipe thoroughly before beginning.

Despite all that I still missed the part where I needed a large star tip or a cookie press. Smh! So I had to improvise with what I had which was a large round tip and my own ingenuity.

I still think the cookies turned out fantastic and I had fun getting creative with them. I just shaped the dough into circles, rectangles, and triangles with my hands and piped a snail shape and some stars. These cookies retain their shape really well without having to chill them before baking.

I topped some with the traditional cherry and others with white chocolate or dark chocolate and some with both! Booyah! It feels like Christmas and I won’t be eating these cookies till April. Double win!

A triangle cookie topped with white chocolate and a dark chocolate drizzle

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Italian Butter Cookies

Italian Butter Cookies are the perfect vehicle for lots of easy and fun toppings. I topped mine with cherries and white and dark chocolate!

Italian Butter Cookies

Italian Butter Cookies are classic melt in your mouth cookies that can be topped with cherries or chocolate for a delectable holiday treat.
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 11 minutes
Total Time: 26 minutes
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Italian
Servings: 48 cookies
Calories: 70kcal
Author: Jade Jones

Ingredients

  • 1 cup unsalted butter softened
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • red cherries or green, cut into halves
  • dark chocolate for topping/ dipping
  • white chocolate for topping/ dipping

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat.
  • In a large mixing bowl cream butter and sugar until fluffy. Add egg and vanilla and mix well.
  • With the mixer on low speed, slowly add the flour, baking powder, and salt. Mix on low until ingredients are combined but DO NOT over mix!
  • Fill a pastry bag fitted with a large star tip with dough. Pipe cookies onto lined baking sheet, spacing about 2 inches apart. Press a cherry half in the center of each cookie. Or shape cookies as desired or pipe into desired shapes.
  • Bake until cookies are firm and edges are lightly brown, about 10-13 minutes. Remove cookies from baking sheet and cool on wire racks.
  • If desired, dip cookies in melted chocolate or spread the chocolate on top and drizzle the contrasting color over it.

Nutrition

Calories: 70kcal | Carbohydrates: 7g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 14mg | Sodium: 8mg | Potassium: 14mg | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 125IU | Calcium: 5mg | Iron: 0.3mg
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