Butter Cookies

I had left over dough from the coconut passionfruit thumbprint cookies so I just rolled them into little balls and baked them without the jam. These bite sized cookies are buttery, crumbly and much firmer as the jam tends to make the thumbprints a lot softer.

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What I like about this cookie is that it’s extremely versatile. With the same base dough, you could make various types for all sorts of occasions: fun thumbprint cookies filled with any jam or ganache you may fancy, simple round cookies flavoured with coconut for Chinese New Year, or decorated spritz cookies for Christmas.

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Coconut Butter Cookies
(makes 50-60 cookies)
250g – Butter
120g – Caster sugar
15g – Coconut milk powder (Optional)
1 – Egg yolk
320g – Plain flour
70g – Desiccated coconut
pinch of salt

~ Preheat the oven to 175°C (155°C fan oven).
~ Cream butter, sugar and coconut milk powder together till light and fluffy.
~ Mix in the yolk.
~ Add desiccated coconut, sifted flour and salt. Mix till just combined.
~ Roll into balls and place on a paper lined tray. Press down with a fork to get a slightly flattened disc and ridges on top.
~ Bake for 8-12 minutes or till the edges are starting to brown. The cookie should be pale.

Because I have a passionfruit obsession, I sandwiched the cookies with knead.’s passionfruit curd. The lovely seeds give the cookies an extra crunch.

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Variation
Butter Cookies
250g – Butter
120g – Caster sugar
1 – Egg yolk
320g – Plain flour
1 1/2tspn – Vanilla extract
pinch of salt

~ Preheat the oven to 175°C (155°C fan oven).
~ Cream butter and sugar till light and fluffy.
~ Mix in the yolk and vanilla extract.
~ Add sifted flour and salt. Mix till just combined.
~ Roll into balls and place on a paper lined tray. Press down with a fork to get a slightly flattened disc and ridges on top. (Alternatively, you could use a cookie press to make spritz cookies instead. It’s not too expensive and it’ll give you various shapes.)
~ Bake for 8-12 minutes or till the edges are starting to brown. The cookie should be pale.

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