You may or may not be leaving cookies for Santa this year……but in case you are, here is a wonderful recipe to make and bake with your little elves, and I KNOW these are Santa’s favorite….all that butter…….
Iceboox Butter Cookies
Makes about 72 cookies
3 cups (spooned and leveled) all-purpose flour
1 cup confectioners’ sugar
1 cup (2 sticks) cold unsalted butter, cut in pieces
1/2 teaspoon salt
4 large egg yolks
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Egg wash, (optional): 1 large egg white, beaten with 2 teaspoons water
Decorating sugar and sprinkles, (optional)
Place flour, sugar, butter, and salt in the bowl of a food processor; process until mixture is the texture of coarse meal.
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 2-inch square logs, each approximately 5 1/2 inches long. Wrap logs in waxed paper; refrigerate until firm, at least 2 hours.
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Slice dough crosswise, 3/16 inch thick; carefully transfer slices to baking sheets.
- If decorating, brush with egg wash, then sprinkle with sugar or sprinkles. Bake until edges are firm (not brown), 10 to 15 minutes. Cool 1 to 2 minutes on baking sheets; cool completely on a rack.
- Store finished cookies in an airtight container, up to 2 weeks.
** Thanks Martha!