Double-Butter Double-Baked Petit Beurre Cookies

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On first glance you would think this is a very simple, plain cookie…you would be wrong.  Although this is a plain cookie on its own, it is not simple and is usually used as a part of a more elaborate dessert.

This month we will bake a little differently than in the past.  We will still have two recipes, but this first one will be used in the second.  We have a double duty kind of thing going on.  I have made both as of this posting but will refrain from speaking about the second except to say…it is simple delicious!!!  Any of you who have not made it yet, go the extra mile and make the Rhubarb Bitters to go with it.  I think it takes it over the edge.

Back to our recipe at hand, the plain cookie that is not simple.  These cookies are a VERY fragile butter cookie.  The lengths you have to go to in order to have an unbroken cookie is unbelievable haha…so yay for me for accomplishing the first task 🙂

These cookies actually have a few steps.

Mix up the dough until you have crumbs resembling streusel and turn them out onto a cookie sheet squeezing some together to create different sizes

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  • Bake the mixture, turning the crumbs every 5 minutes.  Cool the crumbs to room temp.
  • When the crumbs are cool, transfer them back to the mixer and add the remaining butter and beat…keeping some of its irregular texture.
  • Shape dough into a disk and roll between parchment paper.  Freeze dough for at least an hour.
  • Using a cookie cutter cut the dough out, knowing the dough will most surely crack as you do this.  We are to take heart that all will end well.
  • Bake the cookies and without moving them off the cookie sheet let them cool to room temp.
  • After the cooling we are “suppose” to then move them gently still on the cookie sheet into the refrigerator and let them chill for 1 hour THEN we can remove them from the cookie sheet.  High Maintenance would you say!!!  (I skipped this step and I still was able to have whole cookies)

We tasted the cookies and thought ok, good but rather bland.  It is a simple butter cookie that crumbles and dissolves in your mouth.  Good…but at this point I was seriously saying to myself, and some of my tasters, I will not be making these again.  Too much work for not enough flavor.  This is where this post ends but the story does not.  Like I said these cookies are used as part of a much more elaborate dessert that had me saying to myself, sure, yes, I can make those cookies again. The next dessert is THAT good.  Stay tuned.  I guess I would say then this one is a keeper! 🙂

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