One of my favorite Internet memes is a photo of a blue Royal Dansk butter cookies tin.
The caption reads, “Why are there cookies in Grandma’s sewing kit?” It always makes me smile, mostly because I’m glad I wasn’t the only child who was fooled by the reuse of a cookie tin for storage.
What can be more disappointing than discovering thread and buttons in a place where you thought you might find a snack?
There is something great about a butter cookie. They have that hint of sugar, are a little crunchy and they are highlighted with that deep, satisfying flavor of real butter.
Whenever they’re around at Christmastime, I find them irresistible, and I’m clearly not alone, since this week’s recipe is actually originally from a viral video. The video features butter cookies made quickly and easily with only three ingredients: butter, sugar and flour.
Of course, I had to give it a try.
I found this recipe on a website called “I Love My Recipes.” You can find the original at https://ilovemyrecipes.com/these-brilliant-cookies-are-taking-the-internet-by-storm-3-ingredients-and-ready-in-no-time/. This was such a simple recipe, I didn’t add anything to my version.
Three-ingredient Butter Cookies
- 3/4 cup butter softened
- 1/2 cup sugar plus more for sprinkling
- 2 1/4 cups flour
- In a mixing bowl, beat all three ingredients together to form a crumbly dough.
- Dump the dough out onto a countertop or piece of waxed paper and squish it together into a log about two inches in diameter.
- Roll the dough in sugar and wrap it in plastic wrap. Refrigerate it for 30 minutes.
- Preheat the oven to 320 degrees, and slice the log into about 3/4-inch slices. Place them an inch apart on a baking sheet and bake for 20 minutes. They will spread out a little but won’t get overly brown—just around the edges.
- Let the cookies cool completely on the baking sheets before transferring them to an airtight container.
Don’t be discouraged if your dough doesn’t come together immediately. It takes a little effort to get it to finally stop flaking apart and stick together—just keep messing with it.
These cookies aren’t overly sweet and are absolutely delicious dunked into a cup of coffee. If you wanted them to be a bit sweeter, you could coat the sliced cookies in sugar before baking them, too.
The recipe only made about one and one-half dozen cookies, the perfect amount if you’re just looking to satisfy your sweet tooth without too much temptation.
Unfortunately, I didn’t have a blue tin on hand to put my cookies in, but I think I’ll still enjoy them just as much, even if I don’t have a new storage place for my needles and bobbins when my cookies are all gone.
This piece first appeared in print on Sept. 23, 2021.
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