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Butter Cookies (Swedish)

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by Brigitte Pech

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Our Swedish Butter Cookies are a true delight for the senses. With their rich buttery taste, subtle sweetness, and hint of vanilla, they offer a heavenly experience with every bite. Plus, they’re incredibly versatile – enjoy them plain or customize them with your favorite fillings, from fruity jams to colorful sprinkles. Whether you’re a seasoned baker or new to the kitchen, these cookies are a joy to make and share with loved ones.

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Personal Story:

These Swedish Butter Cookies hold a special place in my heart as they remind me of cherished moments spent baking with my grandmother. As a child, I would eagerly help her mix the dough and shape the cookies, and the anticipation of tasting the finished treats was always the highlight of my day. Now, whenever I bake these cookies, I’m transported back to those fond memories, making them even more special.

Key Features:

Delicate buttery flavor with a tender crumb
Versatile recipe that allows for customization with fillings
Simple ingredients and easy-to-follow instructions
Perfect for sharing with family and friends

Ingredients:

Main Ingredients:

1 1/2 cups (3 sticks) softened butter
1 cup sugar
1 well-beaten egg
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
4 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder

Optional Additions:

Assorted jams or preserves for filling the cookies

Instructions:

Preheat your oven to 400°F (or 375°F for convection) and line baking trays with aluminum foil.
In a large bowl, cream the softened butter until smooth. Add the sugar and cream together until light and fluffy.
Mix in the beaten egg and vanilla extract until well combined.
In a separate bowl, whisk together the all-purpose flour and baking powder.
Gradually add the flour mixture to the butter mixture, mixing until a smooth dough forms.
Shape the dough into small balls and place them on the prepared baking trays.
Use your thumb or a thimble to create an indentation in the center of each cookie.
Fill each indentation with your choice of jam, colored sugar, or candied fruit.
Bake the cookies for 8 to 10 minutes, or until lightly golden brown.
Allow the cookies to cool on the baking trays for a few minutes before transferring them to a wire rack to cool completely.

Cooking Tips:

Make sure your butter is softened to room temperature for easy creaming.
Experiment with different fillings to create a variety of flavors and colors.
Store the cookies in an airtight container to keep them fresh for longer.

Variations:

For a festive touch, dust the cooled cookies with powdered sugar before serving.
Try adding a sprinkle of cinnamon or nutmeg to the dough for a warm, spiced flavor.

 

Frequently Asked Questions:

Can I freeze the cookie dough?

Yes, you can freeze the cookie dough for up to 3 months. Simply shape the dough into balls, place them on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper, and freeze until solid. Once frozen, transfer the dough balls to a resealable plastic bag and store them in the freezer until ready to bake. When you’re ready to bake the cookies, simply place them on a baking sheet and bake as directed, adding a few extra minutes to the baking time if needed.

Can I use margarine instead of butter?

While butter is traditional and offers the best flavor for these cookies, you can substitute margarine if needed. Just be aware that the flavor and texture may be slightly different.

Can I make these cookies gluten-free?

Yes, you can make gluten-free Swedish Butter Cookies by using a gluten-free all-purpose flour blend in place of regular flour. Just be sure to check that all of your other ingredients are gluten-free as well.

Can I use different flavors of jam for filling the cookies?

Absolutely! Experiment with different flavors of jam, preserves, or fruit compote to create a variety of cookie flavors. Raspberry, apricot, and cherry are all delicious options.

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