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“Human beings must be known to be loved; but Divine beings must be loved to be known.” – Blaise Pascal

Need some last-minute gift ideas?  Don’t want to fight the crowds at the mall.  Well here is an easy recipe for “Classic Butter Cookies”.  Just decorate with icing and candies and voilà!, great tasting Christmas cookies you can give as a gift.

Classic Butter Cookies

  • 1 C. unsalted butter
  • 2/3 C. sugar
  • bare pinch salt
  • 2 1/2 C. all-purpose flour

Cream the butter until softened, then add sugar and salt. Fold in flour and mix to make a stiff dough. Knead gently on a lightly floured board to make the dough smooth.

You may otherwise place flour, salt and sugar in a food processor. Add butter in chunks and pulse to make a crumbly mixture. Turn out onto a lightly floured board and knead to make a stiff dough.
Wrap dough in plastic wrap or wax paper and chill in refrigerator for 15 minutes.

Preheat oven to 350 F. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
Roll dough out to a thickness of 3/8 to 1/2 inch. Cut into rectangles or circles. Mark with the tines of a fork. Place cookies two inches apart on baking sheet and place in oven. Immediately reduce heat to 325 F. Bake until lightly browned (25 to 35 minutes). Reduce heat if cookies are browning too quickly.

Cool cookies on a rack, when cool decorate and enjoy.


About Mme Jocelyne

Hi, I'm a transplanted northerner–(born and raised in New York to French immigrants–Oui je parle Francais)-living in Florida for 20 years. In the 70's I worked as a realtor in the Bronx – City Island to be exact. Then I started a family and didn't keep up my license. I aspired to a career in architecture, so I went to New York Institute of Technology for three years, moved to Florida and finished my degree at the University of Florida in Gainesville. After 10 years of working in my dream career I sustained an injury to my shoulder. This injury never healed because I was constantly on the computer doing cad design. I finally decided to make a career change – something where I could use my training as an architect. Needless to say, I was worried – where will the money come from? How will I be able to afford my career change? But, I put my faith in God and went for it. It’s the best move I ever made, other than my husband, children and dogs.

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