Vanilla Butter Ring Cookies January 14 2015

 

 

These Vanilla Butter Ring Cookies from Love Foodies were perfect - they seemed to melt away in my mouth. Big surprise - they didn't last long in the house. In fact they barely made it into the next day. 

 

 

To get everything started, I got the butter, flour, cream cheese, sugar, and vanilla extract all ready to go. 
  

 

The flour and sugar was easy enough - but waiting for the butter to soften was too much to handle! Lesson learned: just keep some butter in some tupperware so it is already soft. This is a simple no-nonsense recipe so everything falls perfectly into place. 

 

  

The batter came together very smoothly. Not a single crumb left over! 

  

 

I decided to roll my cookies into little spirals since I don't have a cookie gun or any sort of cookie cutter. These cookies don't move an inch. In the second batch, I wound the spirals tighter for a cleaner look. 

 

  

And voila! Beautiful butter cookies to enjoy at home. These are great with a cup of tea and some ice cream.  

 

 

Ingredients:
1/2 cup / 110 g Butter
1 1/2 oz / 1/4 / 40 g Cream Cheese
1/4 cup / 50 g Sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1 cup / 125 g sifted All Purpose Flour
Instructions:
1. Place sieved flour and sugar in a large mixing bowl.
2. Add butter in 1 cm (1/4 inch) cubes (distribute evenly over the flour)
3. Add cream cheese and vanilla extract. Red or Green Food colouring may also be added for a ‘Christmas theme’.
4. Mix together very well using hands until the ingredients form a dough. You should be able to have a 'clean' mixing bowl with no crumbs.
5. Cover & place in the refrigerator for 10 minutes to firm up. 
6. Fill the cookie press half full and use a template of your choice, or roll out to 1 cm thick and use a cookie cutter. Place cookies on the UN GREASED baking tray 2 finger widths apart. They shouldn't spread too much so you could place them a little closer.
OPTIONAL: Prior to placing in the oven, some chopped almonds can be sprinkled on the cookies and gently pushed down (be careful not to squash the cookie shape!)
7. Bake in preheated oven at 350F, 180C, Gas for 8- 10 minutes or until the edges just begin to slightly brown.
8. Remove from the oven, cool for 5 minutes on the baking tray then transfer to the cooling rack.

 

 

What's your favorite treat to have with tea?

 

Did you give these cookies a try? Tell us what you think!

 

 

About the Author:

Carey McComas is a baking enthusiast and guest blogger. She is currently a student at the University of Utah. In her own time she dabbles in short narrative pieces and poetry. She does the bulk of her online work in social media marketing