Butter ‘Finger’ Cookies
Today’s post is another one for all the people who may be reading this and think that they can’t bake. I understand. I used to feel that way too. But believe me when I say that there are some recipes out there that are near impossible to mess up. I don’t just mean box mix recipes, either. Despite what you think, it IS possible to bake certain things from scratch, and not have to worry about blowing it because it’s just too simple.
I’ve made these cookies numerous times before when I needed a dessert to take somewhere to pass at a social function, and either didn’t have a lot of time or just didn’t feel like doing much work. Everybody loves butter cookies. These come together in minutes and bake in pretty much the same amount of time.
You probably have most, if not all, of the ingredients to make this in your house already. I think the best part is that you don’t have to worry about rolling them out and fooling with any cookie cutters. Just spoon all the dough in a bag (and yes, you *can* just use a ziploc bag and snip off the end) and pipe it out in tiny little sticks. They don’t have to be straight. In fact, I purposely piped mine into kind of oval-ish shapes so that when they baked, they would resemble little ‘fingers’.
I used vanilla emulsion, but this dough can be flavored in pretty much anyway you want. I think they’d be wonderful with lemon or orange. Once they’re done baking, you can dip them in chocolate and sprinkles to jazz them up. These are a perfect little snack to have alongside coffee, tea or cocoa. They transport very well and the freshness also lasts when stored in a sealed plastic container.
Get into these, y’all. They’re worth it.
Butter 'Finger' Cookies
Recipe Adapted from Joy of Baking
- 1 Cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
- 1/2 cup sugar, plus more for sprinkling
- 2 large egg yolks
- 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla butter emulsion (like LorAnn Oils, but vanilla extract will work fine too)
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 2 cups all purpose flour
Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
In the bowl of a standing mixer or using a handheld one, beat together the butter and sugar until creamy and fluffy. Add the egg yolks one at a time, mixing just until combined and yellow disappears. Add the vanilla emulsion.
In a small bowl combine the flour with the salt, stirring together with a fork. Add the flour mixture to the butter mixture in 1 cup increments, mixing just until combined.
Line a sheet pan with parchment paper and lightly spray with cooking spray.
Spoon the dough into a pastry bag or a gallon size Ziploc plastic bag fitted with a decorating tip (I used a Wilton 6B tip, but if you don’t have one, it’s not necessary, they just won’t be ridged) and pipe it into curved or straight sticks that you space about 2 inches apart on the sheet. Once finished, refrigerate the sheet pan for about 30 minutes.
Sprinkle the tops of the cookies with a little bit more sugar. Bake in the oven on the middle rack until just golden brown, about 10-12 minutes.
(Note: no one oven is the same, & different baking sheets bake cookies differently. Keeping this in mind, I will ALWAYS test bake one cookie before baking entire sheets of the whole batch, just to get a good idea of how long they should be in the oven and if I need to adjust the way I’ve cut, rolled them out, etc. I highly recommend that you do the same.)
Sharing at Fiesta Friday #267, co-hosted this week by Antonia @ Zoale.com and Abbey @ Three Cats and a Girl.
21 thoughts on “Butter ‘Finger’ Cookies”
I have a recipe for these. They are delectable. In my youth my Swedish neighbor made them. They are called Spritz cookies too.
Yes! This recipe works for both piped and Spritz cookies. I love how versatile it is 😉
nice recipe dear and thank you so much for sharing this delicious recipe
You’re welcome, thanks for stopping by 😉
I could almost smell the cookies from here!! I love simple recipes and cookies like these, Jess. Thank you for sharing!
Thank you so much Jhuls, sometimes it’s the simple ones that are the best 😉
These are so pretty and they look scrumptious! I would love to dunk one in a cup of coffee! Thank you for bringing your yummy butter cookies to the party! Happy Fiesta Friday!
They’re perfect to go with coffee–thank you, happy to share 🙂
These would be so perfect to pipe out with the grandbabies! I love simple butter cookies (and I know you do, too!) These are going on my must bake.
Yes! These would be great to make with the kiddos. Thanks Mollie, I hope you all like them.
Yum—these cookies sound so good!
Thank you Nancy!
Yum!! Thanks for sharing!
No problem. Thanks for stopping by and commenting 🙂
Thank you 🙂
These seem perfect for dipping in tea!!
They’re perfect for that! Thanks 😉
Jess, Great post. Thanks so much for sharing.
You’re very welcome, I hope you can try and enjoy the cookies!