These delicious and beautiful vintage Butter Cookies make such a lovely gift, no matter what the occasion might be. These were made for Valentines Day, but can be easily styled to your preference and occasions.
what you need:
3 cups all purpose flour
1 1/8 cups of cold butter, cut in smal cubes
1 cup white sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla paste ( recipe on fb) or real vanilla extract
1/2 tsp rum extract
edible pictures, in your cookie shape & size
stiff, piping royal icing
In a bowl, add the cold butter and beat it with an electric mixer until creamed. Add the sugar and flour to the butter, and kneed with your hands, until the dough comes together with out crumbling. This takes a bit of work and time. When it’s smooth, cover and chill it in the fridge for about 1 hour. Preheat your oven to 400 F or 200 C. Line a baking trey with parchment paper. Kneed the dough and roll it out to about 5 mm thick ( I rolled it out on a parchment paper). Cut out with a cookie-cutter of your desired shape, that matches the shape of your edible pictures and leaves a little space to frame them. Bake them for about 6-9 min ( depending on your cookie size and heat of your oven). The bottom of the cookie should be golden brown, and the top has no color. Let them cool on a wired rack. Once they are cooled,take a dab of royal icing and glue your edible picture to your cookie. With the piping method of your choice, frame the picture with your stiff royal icing and decorate as desired. Let them dry until the royal icing has harden.
good luck 🙂