Monday, December 17, 2012

Butter Drop Cookies - A Family Traditional Christmas Cookie


This recipe is my mom's recipe. She made these every year when I was growing up. They've always been a favorite so I keep the tradition going by making these each year. We make these in lieu of cutouts. Don't get my wrong, I love cuts but sometimes it's just too time consuming.

These are a melt in your mouth soft butter cookie. The frosting a sugar sprinkles give it just the right amount of extra sweetness.

  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 tsp baking powders
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 3/4 cup butter
  • 1 cup confectioner's sugar
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 egg white

In a small bowl, beat egg white until stiff. Set aside.
In a medium bowl, sift flour and baking powder.
Add vanilla to milk.
Cream butter and sugar together for 2 minutes, add unbeaten egg yolk and continue beating 1 minute longer.
Add flour mixture and milk mixture alternately to the creamed butter. Work quickly to avoid over beating. Scrape sides of bowl now and then.
Fold in the egg whites with a spoon.
Drop for spoon onto a buttered cookie sheet (or use parchment paper on your cookie sheet), bake 8-10 minutes at 375 degrees.
After cookies cool, frost and decorate with colored sugar and/or sprinkles.

Frosting for cookies: To make frosting, mix 1 1/2 cup confectioner's sugar, 1/2 tsp vanilla and 3 tbsp of milk (or cream).

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