Anita's StoryThis is a favorite Basic Butter Cookie Recipe I picked up from a Good House Keeping Magazine back 1983. It a favorite for all this time. It has many ways to make different cookies from it.I love this one as a favorite for both Children and Adults for Christmas Holiday time.
As I come to a time to make any of the other cookies I will post pictures of them and the steps for them..Also it offers you to make your own take on being creative...Which to me is one of the things I love about any form of cooking.
BASIC COOKIE DOUGH
2 3/4 c
2 sticks of butter ( no substitutions for butter) softened
PEPPERMINT STICK BUTTER COOKIES
dark chocolate chips and white chocolate chips
pieces of wintergreen star-lite mints crushed
pieces of peppermint star-lite mints crushed
green and red food coloring paste,
1Prepare Basic cookie dough. ( Steps 2 through 4 are the basic recipe) Steps 5 through 11 are for peppermint stick COOKIE (The image for this step shows no bake chocolate truffle which is also posted..Enjoy.... SORRY ! if I confused anyone..I have made this so long I do it in my sleep.
3In Large bowl, with mixer on medium,beatsugar and butter 1 minute or till creamy, occasionally scraping sides with rubber spatula.
4Add one egg and vanilla; beat until well mixed. Reduce speed to low; gradually add flour mixture just until blended, occasionally scraping sides with rubber spatula.
5Divide dough in half; transfer half to another bowl; stir peppermint extract into this half of dough; divide this half into 1/4s again; in 1/4 dough mix green coloring paste. Take red coloring paste and mix red in other 1/4 dough.
6Take plastic wrap and line a 9 by 9 metal baking pan with plastic wrap; with plastic wrap hanging over two sides of metal 9 by 9 pan.
7Take plain dough and pat in to pan covering bottom of 9 by 9 metal baking pan freeze 10 minutes; after 10 minutes take green colored dough and press and pat onto half of the top of plain dough; repeat with red dough. Freeze again for ten minutes
8Lift dough out of pan using plastic wrap that is over lapping sides; cut dough in 1/3's ; one 1/3 all green; second 1/3 all red; and middle 1/3 is half green one half red.
9Cut each third crosswise in 3/8 strips. Twist each strip and place 1 1/2 inches apart on ungreased cookie sheet. Bake in 350 degree oven for 11 to 13 minutes or golden brown on bottom. remove to wire rack for cooling; repeat
10Take cookies and dip one end tip in either white or dark chocolate that has been melted; then dip into either crushed peppermint or winter-green star-lite mints; refrigerate 15 minutes till set.