For this father's day, I have made some butter cookies and cut them into a family of Teddy bears to represent our family.
The butter cookies are perfect. They are not too sweet and easy to handle as compared to other butter cookies recipe. My family loves the texture of the cookies and they are not too hard for toddlers to chew.
Here's the recipe from the Martha Stewart website, http://www.marthastewart.com/food
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup confectioners' sugar
1 cup (2 sticks) cold unsalted butter, cut in pieces
1/2 tsp salt
4 large egg yolks
1 tsp vanilla extract
Egg wash, (optional): 1 large egg white, beaten with 2 tsp water
Decorating sugar and sprinkles, (optional)
1. Place flour, sugar, butter, and salt in the bowl of a food processor; process until mixture is the texture of coarse meal.
2. In a small bowl, lightly beat egg yolks and vanilla; with motor running, add to food processor. Process just until a dough forms. Divide dough in half; form into two 1/2-inch-thick disks.
3. Wrap in plastic; chill until firm, at least 1 hour.
4. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. On a piece of floured waxed paper, roll one disk to a thickness of 3/16 inch; chill. Repeat with remaining dough.
5. Flouring cutters as you go (to prevent sticking), cut dough into desired shapes; carefully transfer to baking sheets. Re-chill rolled-out dough if difficult to work with.
6. If decorating, brush with egg wash, then sprinkle with sugar or sprinkles. Bake until edges are firm (not brown), 15 to 20 min for 3-inch cookies. Cool 1 to 2 min on baking sheets; cool completely on a wire rack.
7. Store finished cookies in an airtight container, up to 2 weeks.
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