Friday, December 6, 2013

bird seed: chocolate dipped butter cookies

i make butter cookies every year, right around this time. i make them not only because they are so delicious, but they are also super easy and require very few ingredients. they feel sort of festive, too, and could easily be decorated for the holidays!

8 ounces unsalted butter (softened)
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
1 large egg yolk (not pictured!)
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 bag semi-sweet chocolate chips (if you want to add a bit of chocolate, which i always do!)

1. beat the butter, sugar, salt, and vanilla together until smooth.
2. mix in the egg yolk until well incorporated.
this photo is so posed. i would never actually let her do this unattended! there would be batter everywhere!

3. add the flour and mix until just incorporated.

4. transfer the dough onto a floured board and knead until the dough is smooth. this was mimi's favorite step!

5. place the dough on a sheet of plastic wrap and roll into a log. wrap the dough and then refrigerate for a few hours. (you can also freeze the dough if you're in a hurry!)

6. once the dough is ready, preheat oven to 325 and line your baking sheets with parchment.

at this point you have a few options! yay! options! you can simply slice the dough into 1/8" rounds and bake. you can roll out the dough and cut shapes. you can slice the dough super thin for sandwich cookies. last year i made sandwich cookies with a homemade chocolate filling. i ate one and then immediately packed them up and sent them to work with jim because i didn't want them in the house! they were so good, but i had recently had ben and was trying to lose some lbs. (plus, my m.o. is to bake up a storm and then never eat the treats, leaving jim to eat them all. he gets so mad. haha!) the idea was that jim would share them with his co-workers. at the time, chris had just started working with jim (yes, the bird husbands used to work together! they were like the two birds of the IT world!) and he and jim basically sat in jim's office and ate them all. they may have shared one or two with their colleagues, but i doubt it.

anyway, this year i went with the more time consuming (read: annoying) step of rolling the dough and cutting shapes.

i wanted to just cut flowers, stars, and hearts, but mimi made me add a few dinosaurs.

once the cookies are cut, bake them in the preheated oven until the edges just begin to golden. mine took about 17 minutes, but ovens vary! keep an eye on them. my first batch came out a bit dark.

if you're like me, you'll want to add some chocolate. once the cookies had cooled, i simply microwaved about 1/2 a bag of chocolate chips and haphazardly dipped the cookies in the chocolate. then, i let them dry on a cooling rack.

finally, enjoy your cookies!

do you have a special holiday treat you make every year???

xoxo, nora bird


  1. yum!!! i love making christmas cookies!!

  2. Mmm these look so good! I'd dip them in chocolate too...everything is better with chocolate :)

    The Tiny Heart

  3. How fun! I was just thinking how I want to make some cookies this weekend :)

  4. Those look delicious and gosh she is so cute!

  5. OMG these look amazing! Every year I make oatmeal butterscotch cookies, peanut butter chocolate chip, and nutella cookies. I must add these to the list, they look awesome!

  6. cookies looks great! I always wanna bake.. hopefully I'll have time this Christmas =)


  7. Those look amazing. I make Pretzel delight year. Also have my friends making them now too

  8. Your little helper is adorable. These look so yummy!

    xo, Yi-chia
    Always Maylee

  9. Butter AND cookies - sounds like a win. We usually make gingerbread men with my mom. That reminds me - I need to get a date for that on the calendar!!

  10. she is adorable!

    those look so good! the holiday treats i make every year is Oreo truffles, love those! i think i might not make this year though, we shall see :)

  11. These look good (and easy, my favorite!) Love the dinosaur cookie haha =)

  12. Wow! What can I say? ... intimidates me! Soo yummy :))
    Great post! I congratulate the ability and talent to curiosity to me!
    I will always be coming back for more: *

    Katherine Unique

  13. look how much fun she is having being your little helper! the cookies look pretty and delicious!

  14. These look so yummy
    I make something very similar, but son2 asked me not to make any until he came home from school. So funny the things you don't think your kids even notice every Christmas season, but they do

  15. you had me at chocolate butter cookies and mimi cinched it.