Simple Food: Holiday Butter Cookies

If you've seen my Instagram lately, you know we've been baking up a storm in this house. Whisks are whirling, spoons are spinning, peppermint is filling the air, and honey has been melting on our tongues. Mouthwatering scents of fresh out of the oven cookies suffuse our home as of late. Baking has been such a joy, especially now that e is getting older and can join in on the fun.

I've had a few requests for recipes that we've been baking and here is one of them. This one is done pretty fast and easy for kids to help with. e loved using the cookie cutters {which kid doesn't ha!}. And parents - these beauties are great coffee dunkers. Just sayin'. 

Butter Cookies


500g all-purpose {unbleached} flour
2 sticks unsalted butter - in pieces
200g sugar {I prefer pure cane sugar}
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla flavoring
1 lemon - zested and juiced
1 tip of a knife ground cinnamon

1 egg yolk
sprinkles of your choice, coarse salt, or chopped almonds


1. Combine Flour, sugar, and butter in a bowl
2. Make a groove in the center and add eggs, vanilla flavoring, cinnamon, as well as lemon juice and zest. 
3. Start kneading. I encourage doing this by hand, not with a machine. 
When done, wrap in plastic and chill for at least 30 Minutes. 
4. Pre-heat oven 350 degrees Fahrenheit and line a baking sheet with parchment paper
5. On a lightly floured surface, roll out the dough about 1/4 to 1/2 inch thick
And now the fun part - begin cookie cutting.
6. Bake about 10 Minutes, let cool 2 Minutes on the baking sheet, then cool completely on a wire rack. 

7. When completely cool, brush egg yolk on the tops of the cookies and cover with desired sprinkles.