Baking cookies is one of my favorite activities at Christmas time. A few years ago, we tried cookie press cookies using an old butter cookie recipe from my husband’s grandfather. My father-in-law helped us with the first cookie-making session.
Baking cookies is a tradition at Christmas time for our family. Almost every year, my sister, mom, and I get together to make tons of cookies with my kids. My sister decorates sugar cookies with the kids while my mom and I dig into cookbooks for more and more cookie recipes to make. Yes, it gets a little crazy and fun!
Papa Bill’s Butter Cookies
This cookie press butter cookie recipe comes from my husband’s family cookbook. The family story is my husband’s great grandfather came over from Germany before World War II and worked as a pastry chef at the Waldorf Astoria in New York City before starting his own company as an electrician. We have his cookbook, complete with notes and annotations.
My husband’s brothers and sisters love to make these butter cookies every Christmas to share with friends and family. I have not updated this one to be gluten-free though one of my brothers-in-law has successfully made a gluten-free version.
You’ll need a cookie press for these butter cookies. Ask around before buying one since people often buy cookie presses and don’t use them. You may be able to find one at a garage sale, too. Just make sure the disks are in the box.
The first few cookie press cookies will not come out right. Set those aside and re-incorporate them back into the dough. The air pockets need to get out of the cookie press, and the dough needs to warm up just enough to go through the disks without being too warm. I would not make these in a warm kitchen because of the butter content.
- 1 lb. salted butter
- 1¼ lb. white whole wheat flour
- ½ lb. Confectioner’s Sugar
- 1½ tsp. vanilla extract
- Lay a piece of parchment paper on a cookie sheet.
- Cream butter and sugar together in a mixing bowl.
- Add the vanilla and the flour. Mix together thoroughly
- Chill batter in refrigerator for an hour to keep the butter cool, especially if you're working in a warm kitchen.
- Press the batter through cookie press.
- Bake at 400 degrees for 5 to 7 minutes. Check at 6 minutes. Don’t over bake.
- Sprinkle baked, warm cookies with confectioners sugar.