Sunday, February 27, 2011

Swedish Butter Cookies


I eat a lot of egg whites. And I hate to throw those yolks away . . . so I pulled out an ancient recipe I used three decades ago. The best thing about these cookies is the 'refrigerate and bake-when-you-want' option. They are delicious.

2 sticks of butter
3/4 cup sugar
1/4 t. salt
1 1/2 t. vanilla
1 egg yolk
2 cups flour
turbinado sugar (optional)

Beat the butter, sugar, salt and vanilla together until smooth and creamy. Mix in the egg yolk until well incorporated, scraping down the sides of the bowl at least once. Add the flour and mix just until incorporated. Scrape onto a lightly floured board and knead a few times, just until the dough smooths out. Turn onto a sheet of plastic wrap and roll into a log, wrap up and refrigerate for several hours or freeze. Before baking preheat oven to 325. Line baking sheets with parchment. Slice dough into slices about 1/8" thick and place them on the sheets about an inch apart. Bake until cookies just begin to turn golden around the edges, about 16-18 inches. Lightly sprinkle with turbinado.

Did I mention my daughter is getting married? In less than ten weeks? I have no menu. And no caterer. Call me.

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