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    Default Looking for the ever-elusive bakery butter cookie

    Honestly, I've been trying recipes for over 20 years and have had no luck. It's like some locked-secret that I can't even find on the internet.

    I grew up in Chicago with hundreds of Italian bakeries selling "butter cookies." They are often pale yellow in color and are sandy in texture. They melt in your mouth and can be shaped in a thousand different ways.

    Anyone?


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    Are they like a variation of shortbread or more of a sugar cookie?
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    You gotta kidnap an old Sicilian widow in a black dress and make her talk!

    Maybe these?

    Italian Butter Cookies 1952 Recipe - Food.com - 261598
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    Totally know what you are talking about, they are in Jewish delis too. Have you tried this (super easy looking) recipe?

    1 lb butter
    1/2 cup sugar
    4 cup flour

    Mix all, 2 cups of flour at a time.

    Shape like the top half of your index finger, then press with a floured fork (that'll make your "swirl"). Bake at 350 for 10 to 15 minuts, you don't want to brown them.

    recipe for classic deli butter cookie? - Home Cooking - Chowhound

    That same person has posted that recipe in quite a few chowhound threads it seems, and usually gets "yes, that's what I've been looking for!" type responses.

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    are these the butter cookies that have icing? my mom only makes them at christmas and they are freaking amazing!
    can't post pics because my computer's broken and i'm stupid

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    Airquote, neither really. They're firm but immediately melt in your mouth and they are more butter cookie than anything.

    Witch, I think I've tried those. Too soft.

    NoDay, I make that version all of the time. I think you're right, they are more of a Jewish version of a butter cookie (which I love!). Have you ever been to Jarosch in Elk Grove? Theirs are perfect (and $16/lb....all worth it!).

    fgg, no icing but those sound good. Any chances she'd give that up?

    I just made my fifth (yes, fifth) new recipe this month trying to get these damn things right.

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    I stole this from Food Network. Have you tried this? I love the name!

    Piggie Butter Cookies

    Recipe courtesy The Neelys
    Prep Time:20 minInactive Prep Time:3 hr 0 minCook Time:8 minLevel:IntermediateServes:depends on size of cutters
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    Directions

    Sift together flour and salt into a bowl.

    In the bowl of a standing mixer, add the butter and mix on medium-high until fluffy and light. Add the sugar and the eggs, 1 at a time, until incorporated and combined. Add vanilla and cinnamon. Reduce the speed to low and gradually add the flour to the butter, sugar, egg mixture. Mix until batter looks smooth. Place dough onto a flowered cutting board and cut the dough into quarters, flatten and wrap with the plastic. Chill in the refrigerator for 2 1/2 hours.

    Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

    With a rolling pin covered in flour, roll out dough quarters 1 at a time, on a floured work surface to 1/4 to 1/8-inch thick. Use a variety of cutters to cut out cookies. Transfer to a baking sheet lined with parchment and space cookies about 1 1/2 inches apart.

    Bake cookies until they are golden brown, about 8 minutes. Using a using a spatula, transfer cookies to a wire rack to cool.
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    Well if someone posts what you think the recipe let is it be known! I wants them.
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    bella - do you use a cookie press? i used to make these all the time as a kid and i used the recipe that came with the cookie press. they ended up just like the bakery ones.

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    That recipe looks good McJag. I'll have to try them.

    These aren't roll out or cookie press cookies. They are usually piped with a star tip into circles or long shell shapes. I think you can kind of see that in the photo (hopefully). Like I said, they're almost sandy in texture and crumble when you bite them. They aren't the kind you can walk around the house and eat. You'd have to have a plate (or eat them in one bite).

    I emailed Martha and Gale Gand but don't expect to hear back from either. Sigh.

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    Here's a better photo.

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    ^^^ you can pipe them or use a cookie press - i know the kind of cookies you mean because they made them at all the local bakeries. but the roll out cookie recipes usually have the wrong texture, these cookies should not be crispy.

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    czb, any chance you still have it??

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    Are they like Spritzer cookies? They have a lot of butter in them and use a cookie press to make them.

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    Not like spritz, no. Spritz are a bit sweeter and don't melt in your mouth like these do.

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