Food

Recipe: Santa's coat buttons

Santa's coat buttons are so much fun to make with a group of children. It is a watch-carefully-and-follow baking instruction project.

— Joan Kay GeorgeHerzberg, Manhattan Beach

PHOTOS: Holiday Cookie Bake-off winning cookies and bakers

Santa's coat buttons

Total time: 1 hour, plus chilling time for the dough

Servings: Makes about 3 dozen cookies.

Note: Adapted from Joan Kay GeorgeHerzberg. Red and white decorating sugars can be found at most well-stocked markets, as well as cooking and baking supply stores.

2 cups (9.5 ounces) flour

2/3 cup powdered sugar

1/2 teaspoons salt

1 cup (2 sticks) plus 2 tablespoons butter, cut into ½-inch pieces, at room temperature

1/4 cup red decorating sugar

1 teaspoon white decorating sugar.

1. In the bowl of a food processor, combine the flour, powdered sugar and salt. Add the butter, pulsing until the dough comes together.

2. Remove the dough and divide in half. Shape each half into a log about 1½ inches in diameter, rolling in waxed paper. Chill the dough until firm enough to slice, at least 30 minutes.

3. Heat the oven to 350 degrees, and line 2 baking sheets with parchment. Pour the red sugar into a small bowl or baking dish to a thickness of about one-half inch.

4. Cut each dough log into one-half-inch rounds. Press each round lightly onto the sugar to coat, then place, sugar side up, onto the parchment-lined baking sheet 1 to 2 inches apart. Sprinkle a few white crystals on top of each cookie for added sparkle. Use the blunt end of a skewer or similar item to make 2 indentations for "buttonholes."

5. Bake the cookies for 8 minutes, then reverse the sheets and continue to bake until the cookies are golden on the bottom (no coloring on top), 8 to 12 minutes longer. Cool on racks.

Each of 36 servings: 93 calories; 1 gram protein; 9 grams carbohydrates; 0 fiber; 6 grams fat; 4 grams saturated fat; 15 mg cholesterol; 4 grams sugar; 33 mg sodium.

Copyright © 2014, Los Angeles Times
Related Content
  • The sweet taste of Christmas
    The sweet taste of Christmas

    Holiday cookies are about memories and tradition. Out of all the recipes shared and taste-tested for The Times' annual Holiday Cookie Bake-Off, 10 really stood out. Happy holidays!

  • Recipe: Lemony moons and stars
    Recipe: Lemony moons and stars

    I adapted my favorite shortbread recipe to honor one of my guests who wrote the children's picture book "Under the Lemon Moon." I used round and star-shaped cookie cutters to make this rich, über-lemony cookie.

  • Recipe: Cranberry orange pockets
    Recipe: Cranberry orange pockets

    My dad loved these cookies, and his eyes would light up every time I baked them. He was always happy to taste-test cookies and would hang around waiting for the first batch to be iced. Dad called it "quality control."

  • Recipe: Cherry pistachio rugelach
    Recipe: Cherry pistachio rugelach

    I used dark cherry preserves and chopped green pistachios as the filling to offer a "red/green" look for Christmas colors and have a marriage of the holidays.

  • Recipe: Rosemary apricot bars
    Recipe: Rosemary apricot bars

    I just moved to Los Angeles this past summer, leaving family, friends and a wonderful group of food bloggers in Minneapolis. This will be my first sunny Southern California Christmas, and I know I will make these bar cookies and remember the loving friendships I have across the miles.

  • Recipe: Almond sweeties
    Recipe: Almond sweeties

    My 98-year-old mother was a wonderful baker, and this was one of her specialties.

  • Recipe: Gluten-free wedding cakes
    Recipe: Gluten-free wedding cakes

    The real gift is, if you have anyone in your extended circle who wants or needs to be wheat- or gluten-free, you will be giving them a way to once again enjoy something that they thought would be permanently off-limits!

  • Recipe: Joulu pipparkakor
    Recipe: Joulu pipparkakor

    Many years ago, a co-worker from Finland shared her family recipe for these best-ever gingery spice cookies (which she calls suomalaisat piparkakut). She made them and gave them to friends because, in the land of sunny Christmas mornings, they reminded her of home.

Comments
Loading