Oma's Easy Buttercookies Recipe
I Can Never Eat Only 1!

This is a great buttercookies recipe that Oma has kindly handed down to me. Buttercookies from scratch, hands only, no mixers, and it's easy and fun to do with the kids, even a 2 yr old toddler. A great tasting traditional German cookies recipe we love to make for different celebrations.

Whether you want to use this as a Christmas cookies recipe or to include in a special cookies gift bag for your loved ones at Valentines, their Birthdays or another celebration, you will never be disappointed.

We like to use cookie cutters for half of the batch and the meat grinder "Fleischwolf" to make the more traditional sprtizbegack German cookies.

Have fun making these together.

Preparation Step: Ingredients List
- 1kg sifted flour
- 300g sugar
- 2 cups butter (500g)
- 3 large eggs
- 1 Tbsp backing powder(1 packet)
- 1/2 Tbsp vanilla extract(1 packet vanilla sugar)
- 4 drops almond aroma(optional)
For a gluten free butter cookie variation: replace flour with an all purpose gluten free flour. You may need to try different combinations as this recipe does call for a lot of flour.
Recipe Step #1: Combining Ingredients
  • Sift all flour & backing powder into a pile on the baking surface
  • Press the center of the flour pile down to form a 'crater' of flour
  • Pour and press the sugar into the center of the formed flour 'crater'
  • Add the eggs, vanilla & aroma onto the sugar into the 'crater' center
  • Cut butter into cubes and place all around on the flour
Recipe Step #2: Making The Cookie Dough
  • With a spatula mix the eggs and the sugar in the middle
  • Squeeze the butter into the flour, eggs & sugar
  • Knead all ingredients until dough is formed
  • Separate dough into two equal portions & wrap each in baking paper
  • Refrigerate for 1/2 hour before use
Recipe Step #3: Cookie Cutter Cookies
  • Preheat conventional oven to 180C(350F), convection 160C(320F)
  • Roll out each dough portion 1/2-1 cm thick on lightly floured surface
  • Use cut out cookie cutters or form letters and shapes by hand
  • Place cookies 2-3cm apart on parchment paper lined cookie sheet
  • Bake for 8-10 minutes or until cookie edges are golden brown
  • Cool on cookie sheets for 5-10min then transfer to wire cooling racks
  • Continue on next batch while you wait for the cookie sheets to cool
  • Taste test a cookie and decorate them with cookie icing
Recipe Step #4: 'Sprtiz' Cookies
  • Oven temperatures are the same as in setp #3
  • Cut second dough portion into approx. 10 similarly shaped cubes
  • Attach or stand meat grinder with cookie attachment onto table
  • Add cubes of dough into the grinder to make the cookies
  • Cut into 8-10cm lengths as dough pushes through the attachment
  • Change the cookie shape after each cookie sheet as desired
  • Place on cookie sheets, bake and cool as in step #3

We like to involve our kids in setting up the ingredients, kneading the dough and of course using cookie cutters or their hands to form cookie letters, numbers and shapes when we make this buttercookies recipe.

They love to have their names written in dough. We give more guidance(our hands are more 'hands on') with the younger ones. Making cookies is a lot of fun and a great way to prepare treats together for a celebration.

Turning making cookies into a regular, yearly or seasonal activity together can build new memories and family traditions your kids will love and always look forward to. Oh the wonderful odors that flow from freshly baked cookies through the whole house from this buttercookies recipe is indescribable, and it always lifts my spirits and puts a smile on everyone's face in our family regardless of the day's challenges

Have lots of fun and enjoy these special family times together.

A few buttercookies recipe details
The Serving Totals: 120-150 cookies
The Preparing Time: 20-30 minutes
Baking Time Totals: 8-10 minutes per cookie sheet

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