Hump Day Treat: Butter Cookies

by Rachel on March 17, 2010

mean girls, hump day treat

I cannot believe it’s Wednesday night already! This week is just flying by. It’s a gorgeous Hump Day here, absolutely perfect for St. Patrick’s shenanigans, but my treat today is not an Irish Car Bomb. Instead, I have cookies! This recipe is from The Art of Simple Food. Like everything else from that cookbook, it’s simply amazing!


1 cup (two sticks) unsalted butter, softened

2/3 cup sugar

1 tsp vanilla

1/2 tsp salt

1 tsp lemon zest (optional)

1 egg, at room temperature

2 tsp milk

2 and 1/4 cups unbleached, all-purpose flour

This Is How We Do It

Preheat the oven to 350.

Cream together the butter and sugar until it’s light and fluffy.


Then beat in the vanilla, salt, lemon, egg, and milk. Gradually add the flour until it’s just incorporated.

This is the softest dough I’ve ever experienced. It was so fun to put my hands in — it was like a super-squishy pillow.

Separate the dough into two pieces and roll them into logs; wrap in plastic wrap and chill for about two hours. (You can also freeze the dough at this point, for up to two months.)

When the dough is firm, you can just slice the cookies off to bake. My logs were a little lumpy though, so I just reshaped the cookies into blobs with my hands.

You can sprinkle the cookies with a little sugar at this point.

For a snickerdoodle-like cookie, you can do cinnamon and sugar too! Whatever you decide, finish up by baking the cookies for about 10 minutes, or until they are golden.

butter cookies

The recipe makes about 30 cookies and they are pretty great. They have that little hint of lemon which I love and just taste so classic, so pure and good. So simple, kind of old-fashioned, but seriously delicious!

Happy Hump Day!

{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Sagan March 17, 2010 at 6:47 pm

You really can’t go wrong with a cup of butter in the cookie dough ;) I love the addition of lemon zest, that would be wonderful! Sprinkling them with cinnamon and sugar soounds tasty too.


2 Teri [a foodie stays fit] March 17, 2010 at 7:14 pm

YUM YUM YUM. Love the lemon zest addition!
.-= Teri [a foodie stays fit]´s last blog ..Sweet Potato Biscuits with Bacon & Thyme. Oh yeah. =-.


3 Melissa (It's a Veggieful Life) March 18, 2010 at 4:26 pm

Those cookies are just like gramma used to make. I can taste them already! Thanks for sharing.
.-= Melissa (It’s a Veggieful Life)´s last blog ..Cirku & Couch to 5K (W1D2) =-.


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