Thursday, February 23, 2012

Butter Twist Cookies

These are a perfect cookie to bake when you want to throw something together really quick, you only have "the basics" in your pantry, but yet of course you want it to be simple, pretty and most importantly, delicious. These Butter Twist cookies by Martha Stewart are a winner for sure.  They are crisp and crunchy, making them the best kind of cookie for dunking, if you are into that sort of thing.  Which we all are in my family; coffee, an ice cold glass of milk, hot tea... almost no beverage goes undunked!  Yum!  They have a lightly sweet flavor, and a wonderful feel in your mouth from the flaky butter taste to the crispness of each bite.  These will be bookmarked as a do again, a perfect playdate cookies, lovely for tea parties and just great with a nice cozy mug of hot chocolate at the end of a long day.

Butter Twists
recipe courtesy Martha Stewart's Cookies

1/2 cup (one stick) unsalted butter, room temperature
1/2 cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 large egg white
1 1/2 cups plus 2 Tablespoons all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon coarse salt

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Put butter and sugar in the bowl of and electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment; mix on medium speed until creamy.  Mix in vanilla and egg white.  Reduce speed to low.  Add flour and salt; mix until combined.

Roll dough into 3/4 inch balls. Roll each ball into a 6-inch log. Bend log in half, then twist.  Space 1 inch apart on baking aheets lined with parchment paper.

Bake, rotating halfway through, until cookies just begin to turn golden, 13-15 minutes.  Let cool on parchment on wire racks.  Cookies can be stored in airtight containers at room temperature.

*I added sprinkles to make them a little festive for a tea party the were baked for.  But the sprinkles are not necessary- just fun.  

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