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Butter Cookie Recipe From the Kitchen of Natasha Nicholes

I'm hoping by baking these same cookies with my children, they will remember our moments together fondly as well."
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Butter Cookie Recipe From the Kitchen of Natasha Nicholes

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My mother has never been a baker, but we've always lived for her butter cookies. She figured out the recipe made famous by the Chicago Public School system when she was a student, and would whip these up for us when we needed to spend some time talking to her in the kitchen. What's funny is I never remember her using a written recipe. She measured and tweaked where she needed until she came up with the perfect buttery cookie that would almost melt in your mouth right out of the oven.

It's quite odd to me that this is the recipe that I most attach to my childhood with my mom, but not really. While I think of big stews with my maternal grandmother and macaroni and cheese and cornbread with my paternal grandmother, my mother's connection to me is with butter, flour, sugar and extract. Those were the sweetest moments for me growing up, and I'm hoping by baking these same cookies with my children, they will remember our moments together fondly as well.

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  • 1 pound butter unsalted and softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 4 cups flour all purpose
  • 1 spoonful vanilla extract Yes, an eating spoonful of vanilla extract – no exact measurements here!
  • pinch salt
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  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Cream softened butter in a bowl until light and airy. The butter should turn pale yellow when it’s done
  3. Add sugar in 1/4 cup increments, blending after each addition until it’s all incorporated
  4. Add a spoonful of vanilla extract. Remember, you’ll be using one of the spoons you eat your cereal or soup with. No measuring spoons necessary, and make sure it’s not a small spoon for tea!
  5. Add a pinch of salt, and incorporate. If you’re using salted butter, you can skip this step.
  6. Add flour in 1/2 cup increments and blend fully until all four cups have been added. The dough shouldn’t be creamy or sticky, but almost like the kinetic sand that so many kids are into these days.
  7. Pull ping pong sized portions of dough off, and roll into a ball. Place ball on cookie sheet, and then using your pointer, middle, and ring fingers, press down into the dough until two “hills” rise between your pointer and middle, and your middle and ring fingers.
  8. Bake in the oven for 12 minutes, or until the hills and edges of your cookies are golden brown. Remove from the oven and allow to cool a bit as they will still be a bit soft. They’ll continue to cook after you remove them from the oven because of all of that butter!
  9. Let cool on a cookie rack and enjoy with milk, ice cream, or alone. If you’re feeling ambitious, try all three.

Recipe Notes

Yes, I’m really telling you to use an eating spoon—not a measuring spoon—for the vanilla. Just trust me on this.

Your fingers should look as if you’re making the number three or the letter ‘w’ when you go to press the cookies down. It doesn’t have to be wide, and there really isn’t an art to it. 

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Natasha is a native Chicagoan who loves to travel, and do anything that may be considered a bit close to Little House on the Prairie. Just check out the urban farm she has, and the bread she bakes from scratch. Pretty soon, she'll be wearing a floor length apron that she can wipe her hands on while doing it all. Her love for all things hands-on is what keeps her happy, and in turn amuses her children and husband. You can follow Natasha at, on Twitter @natashanicoles, on Instagram @natashanicholes, on Pinterest, and Facebook.

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