Papa bear, Mama bear and Baby bear butter cookies. Which one would Goldilocks choose? I stumbled across these cute little teddy bear cookie cutters at the dollar shop the other day and I just could not resist buying them. Naturally, I decided to make me some cookies. The original plan was to make nutella-cream filled sandwich cookies but when these came out of the oven looking so perfect and cute, Stu and I couldn't stop popping them in our mouths as they were so I promptly threw that idea out the window.
The cookies are delicious on their own; buttery, and perfect for morning or afternoon tea. It's a stock standard butter cookie recipe, that you can quite easily jazz up with additions of lemon zest, chopped nuts, chocolate chip...whatever you like really. I mixed the dough with my hands, but you can certainly use an electic mixer too.
125g butter, softened
1/2 cup caster sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 egg, at room temperature
2 cups plain flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 tablespoon milk
1. Preheat oven to 180°C. Line 2 baking trays with baking paper.
2. Cut butter into cubes and place in big bowl with sugar. Using finger tips, mix the butter and sugar together until the mixture resembles breadcrumbs.
3. Add egg and vanilla, mix until well combined, making sure to break apart any clumps. Sift flour
and baking powder over butter mixture. Add milk and knead until just
combined to form dough.
4. Roll dough on a lightly floured sheetof baking paper until 6mm-thick.
5. Using a cookie cutter, cut from dough and place on prepared lined baking trays, allowing room for
spreading. Press any remaining dough together and repeat.
6. Bake cookies for about 12 minutes or
until light golden. Allow to cool completely on trays.