The Best Butter Cookies

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This is The Best Butter Cookies recipe you’ll ever need if you want to make easy homemade cookies within minutes. Just with six ingredients, you’ll be surprised how soft and true to their name they taste. They come out freshly baked from the oven looking deliciously golden brown along the edges.The main ingredient for this recipe is a yellow cake mix. Don’t be surprised because it is very much possible to take a cake-mix and turn them into cookies. Just follow the recipe instructions, and you’ll see how effortlessly you can put these beauties together. The fact that there is cream cheese in these cookies makes them so soft and tart without overpowering the sweetness. These bite-sized beauties are an absolute comfort dessert and go well with a cup of coffee, just on their own or perfect as a holiday gift.

If you wish to replace the yellow cake mix with chocolate or vanilla flavored cake-mix, you may do so. This recipe is not about sticking to the flavors but changing them up depending on your preference. You can add lemon or orange zest to the dough to give it a refreshing citrus flavour. You can add chocolate chips, cinnamon, coconut flakes, honey or a hint of almond extract for a nutty aftertaste. You can even brown the butter or use a cookie butter to get the gingerbread taste in the cookies. Make it very festive by adding pumpkin puree along with the pumpkin pie spices. For the garnish on top try adding toasted almonds or cashews or even mixed fruit or berry jam. For special events such as kids’ birthday parties, you can add rainbow sprinkles on top or try topping with marshmallows coated in chocolate to make it look edgy and fun. There is so much you can do with this wonderful recipe for easy cookies like this one. If you prefer soft texture to these cookies, then bake them for about 10-12 minutes approximately. If you like this soft sugar cookies recipe to be a bit crunchy, then you may have to bake them a little longer than 12 minutes and wait until they turn dark brownish along the edges. Either way, they taste out of the world, and you will not be able to stop gorging on them.

An important cake baking tip is to use the best vanilla extract in this cookie recipe, preferably organic pure vanilla extract. The best vanilla flavour, just like salt acts as a flavour enhancer. Nielsen-Massey or Madagascar are both reliable brands for pure vanilla extract with no corn syrup, sugar or other fillers and additives. You’ll notice how much of a difference a pure vanilla extract can make in baked goods. Quality ingredients are always the key to achieving the best flavour in cookies. You can store these yummy cookies for up to a week in an airtight container. Make sure to place the dough 2 inches apart on the baking sheet before you transfer them to the oven, as the dough tends to expand a tiny bit. Remember to chill the dough for a few hours if you want the right texture in these cookies. Don’t bake them straight away after mixing because the cookies could come out rather flat.

Thank you to Kristyn at the Lil' Luna food blog for sharing The Best Butter Cookies recipe with us. Do visit Kristyn’s blog for more interesting recipes and food ideas. These pound cake cookies make an excellent comfort dessert and just melt in your mouth when you need a picker-upper. Make this recipe for your loved ones today!

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