Four Spice Button Cookies

I’ve loved to bake since I was a little girl and my mom would let me stir the ingredients of a cake or play with cookie dough.
To honor those times, I decided to show you one of my favorite recipes for spice cookies.
These were originally supposed to be for Christmas and have the shape of trees and stars but they’re so good, you have to try them all year long. For that purpose, forget about the gingerbread man, candy canes and snow flakes and look at some buttons!
Yes, buttons! It’s easy and people will think you’re really creative. Let’s get started!

You’ll need:

125 g butter
85 g sugar
4 dessert spoons of honey
340 g all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon ginger
1 coffee spoon nutmeg
1 coffee spoon clove powder
1 egg
1 teaspoon baking soda

Melt the butter, sugar and honey in low heat without boiling.
Let everything cool down and beat an egg. Join it to the mix and stir.
Slowly, add the flour, spices and baking soda.

(Yes, I’m old school and that’s why I use a wooden spoon.)

It will start to thicken and now it’s the time to get your hands to work. Make a ball with all the dough.
Storage the dough in the fridge for 30 minutes.
After that, sprinkle flour in a flat surface and stretch the dough.
Pick a cookie cutter or, if you’re like me, use a round shaped lid to cut the cookies.
With a smaller cutter, press without cutting through the dough.
A straw will be your best friend to cut out little holes for your new buttons.
During this stage, start to place the dough in a baking tray with a non-stick paper.
The oven will be ready at 160 º Celsius and the cookies should be in there for 15 to 20 minutes.
If you just want to eat them, go ahead!
But just in case you’ll want these babies to be at a family table or at an event: use fabric, pass it through the holes and do little ribbons at the top.
I did little bundles of five cookies that, in a box or bag, can be the perfect gift or favor for a wedding or baby shower.

Have fun and if you try these, tweet me some photos @Da_leian !

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