German Butter Cookies – Butterplätzchen

by Kirsten on December 9, 2013 · 9 comments

in Cakes & Sweets, Desserts, German Dishes, Misc. Sweets

Butter Cookies

I hope you all had a relaxing second of Advent weekend. Ours was pretty cold with temperatures as low as -12 F (-25 C) which made the decision on staying inside pretty easy. I kept busy with finishing decorating our house and setting up the Christmas tree. My teens took over the kitchen and continued some Christmas baking. My teen daughter decided on German butter cookies. They are one of her favorite Christmas cookies. The butter cookie recipe she decided on is based on a shortbread pastry dough which results in a cookie with a very fine crumb. They are the perfect cookie to use for kids to decorate. I love the shapes of the cookie cutters she used, especially the hedge hock. Thanks for baking them for us, Marlene.

Butter Cookies

German Butter Cookies - Butterplätzchen
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  • ⅓ cups (150 G) flour, sieved
  • ⅜ cup (75 g) sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 egg yolk
  • ½ cup (100 g) butter, cold
  1. Line baking sheets with silicon mats or parchment paper. Set aside.
  2. In a food processor combine all ingredients.
  3. Make sure the butter is well distributed. The mixture will be crumbly.
  4. Form the crumbs into a dough ball, wrap, and refrigerate for at least 60 minutes.
  5. Preheat your oven to 350 F Convection.
  6. Dust a board and roll out the dough with a rolling pin. Thickness should be ⅛ inch (3 - 4 mm) thin.
  7. Dust cookie cutters with flour and cut out the butter cookies.
  8. Place on prepared baking sheets.
  9. Bake for 8-10 minutes or until golden brown. Don't over bake. Baking times may vary.
Decorate the butter cookies to your liking. We used a mixture of powdered sugar with milk and food coloring.


Butter Cookies

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Russian blini January 7, 2014 at 3:01 am

Russian blini – great sweets for weekend!

Aleesha Banks December 19, 2013 at 10:46 pm

That’s so beautiful! It’s almost too nice to eat but I suspect mine won’t turn out that pretty.

Lea Ann (Cooking On The Ranch) December 16, 2013 at 3:18 pm

Love these, and they sound so easy. My baking day is this Saturday. I might have to add these to the list.

Kirsten December 17, 2013 at 7:50 am

Happy cookie baking, Lea Ann!!

Sue/the view from great island December 12, 2013 at 10:15 pm

These are so classic, love the colors!

Patty December 12, 2013 at 9:00 pm

Hi Kirsten! This post is making me homesick for Germany!!!! I would love a few of these butter cookies and I can only imagine how beautiful Christmas is in Germany -maybe one day I’ll see it for myself!

Joanne T Ferguson December 10, 2013 at 10:56 pm

G’day! Love your cookies too!
I have a thing now for cookie cutter and enjoyed your photos…they brightened my xmas spirit today too!
Cheers! Joanne

Susan December 10, 2013 at 1:44 pm

These are my favorite cookies and yours are just so festive. Can’t wait to start my frantic baking next week! Happy Holidays, XOXO

manu December 10, 2013 at 1:02 am

Love them!!! They look so delicious!
Have a nice day

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