Gluten Free Butter Cookies
Every year at Christmas time, there was always a tin of Danish butter cookies on the table to share with family and friends when they stopped by for a visit. Growing up, they were one of my favorite cookies next to Sugar cookies of course. With their buttery flavor and hints of vanilla, there truly is nothing like a butter cookie.
Origins of butter cookies
Butter cookies find their origin in Denmark. Made with just a few simple ingredients, butter (of course hence the name butter cookies), sugar, flour, egg, vanilla and salt, they often come in a variety of shapes, some sprinkled with sugar on top.
Making the Butter Cookies
These cookies are very easy to make, and are a great treat to share at Christmas. It’s even a great treat to leave for Santa instead of sugar cookies.
After finding a recipe, the next question was shaping the cookies. When you pop open a tin of Danish Cookies, one of the things that draws you in are the different shapes. Some shaped like pretzels, some swirls and square ones too. For our butter cookies we chose the swirl shape which is much easier to make than you think. All you need a large star tip such as the 1M tip from Wilton. However if you would like different shapes, you can roll the cookies into a log cut circles and squares, or you can use a cookie press.
Finally it was time to start making our cookies. These cookies are beautifully simple without any additions. But it’s Christmas! And I like things to look festive! I thought to myself won’t it be nice to add a little color.
So I started searching and found that in some recipes people dipped the finished cookies in chocolate and added sprinkles while others simply sprinkled them in sugar.
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Then I came across a recipe in which they added sprinkles to the center and I thought why not add a cherry instead and the result was great!
We stuck to the basic recipe and simply placed a small piece of cherry in the center to give a festive look. But not to fear, these cookies are still buttery and just as delicious even with our little addition, and if you don’t like cherries, simply leave them out or swap them for some festive sprinkles!