Italian Butter Cookies
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of The J.M. Smucker Company. The opinions and text are all mine. I’m partnering with Folgers® at Walmart through the Share A Cup & A Story campaign, to celebrate new and old holiday traditions.
As a child one of my favorite things about the holidays were enjoying Christmas cookies. Every Christmas my dad’s mother would bake Italian Butter Cookies. It really was a treat because this was the only time of the year she would make them! As I got older, I naturally couldn’t wait to have the recipe handed down to me!
Well now many years have passed by and these Italian Butter Cookies have become our holiday staple. The recipe uses a cookie press. I bought one when I first tried to make the cookies, but I just couldn’t get them right. Then, about 8 years ago we were cleaning out my grandmother’s apartment and we found a cookie press! You can bet that baby came home with me! I think the pure fact that it is vintage gives it the charm to make delicious cookies!
One of my greatest joys now as a mother is passing this tradition on to my children. I hope this is a recipe that they can always remember and get comforting and loving feelings from when they think about! I truly enjoy seeing the excitement in my kids’ eyes when they get to play with my cooking “toys”.
The dough to make these Italian Butter Cookies is very easy to make. It even freezes and defrosts well, so plan on making it and saving some because it makes a lot of cookies!
Italian Butter Cookies
- 1 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
- 1/2 cup white sugar
- 2 egg yolks
- 1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
- 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
- 2 cups all purpose flour
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- Preheat oven to 350°F.
- Prepare 2 cookie sheets with parchment paper. Note: Use the empty butter wrappers to grease the pans first so the parchment stays flat.
- Beat together butter and sugar until fluffy.
- Mix in egg yolks and vanilla and almond extract.
- Don’t forget to scrape down the sides of the bowl.
- Slowly add in the flour and salt and mix until incorporated.
- Put some of your dough into your cookie press. I like to use a little bit of dough at a time so that you can change your decorative discs.
- Hold your cookie press perpendicular to the baking sheet and press the cookies onto your baking sheet.
- Add your sprinkles.
- Bake for 10 minutes or until the cookies become slightly golden.
These Italian Butter Cookies are still the hallmark of our holiday desserts. Once the coffee starts brewing everyone knows they will be on the table in no time! I pick up the Folgers® Classic Roast 48oz can to make sure I never run out of coffee throughout the holiday season. Picking up Folgers Classic Roast is so easy since it can be found right in the coffee aisle in Walmart.
Of course, before we package our favorite cookies up to travel throughout the season, we enjoy a few ourselves! Folgers for me and milk for my little one!
What are some of your family’s favorite holiday traditions?