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'Tis the Season for Vanilla Malt Christmas Butter Cookies

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When it comes to Christmas cookies it's all about taste and comfort. The comfort aspect comes from the fact these tasty sweets usually bring back wonderful memories of Christmas' of yore. As far as taste, for me there is something about butter and vanilla which puts me in a Christmas mood. I think these brand new Christmas cookies will appease all those who truly love this time of year and the sweet sensations associated with it.

What I did for this cookie is really quite simple. I took my favorite butter cookie recipe and during the creaming process, I added a half cup of malted milk powder. The taste of malted milk (a sweetened toasted malt) accentuates the natural taste of sweet creamery butter (do not use a salted butter).

Since Christmas cookies are a major part of any Christmas party, I wanted the taste to also go along with the usual non-alcoholic Christmas drinks, such as eggnog, various coffees and teas and spiced apple cider. During the taste-testing for this cookies, we tried it with the aforementioned drinks.

So along with your favorite Christmas cookies this year (and we all have our favorite) I hope you'll give this one a try and if you're as big of a fan of butter cookies as I am, I think you'll find these to be the perfect cookie to satiate your cravings.

Ingredients needed to make Vanilla Malt Christmas Butter Cookies (serving amount depends on size):

  • 1 1/2 cups butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 Tbs. vanilla
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup malted milk powder
  • 4 cups flour
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. salt

Steps:

  1. Pre-heat your oven to 350 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicon sheet.
  2. Into a mixer with a paddle attachment, add the butter and sugar and beat until light and fluffy.
  3. Add the vanilla and egg and beat until smooth.
  4. Add the malted milk powder and beat 3 minutes (this is important as you want the powder to incorporate for proper and equal distribution).
  5. Add the flour, baking powder and salt and beat until a dough forms.
  6. Using a cookie scoop (or by hand and formed into balls) place on the prepared sheet. Using your fingers, press down on the ball to slightly flatted.
  7. Place in the oven and bake 15 minutes or until lightly golden.
  8. Remove from the oven and let cool on a rack.

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