These lovely Button Cookies have been in my mind since I saw the picture of them on a Turkish magazine last year. I did my shopping in a hurry at the market and saw these on the cover of a magazine next to the check out just after I made the payment. I loved the idea of button cookies, they were so cute! I knew I must try it! I didn’t pay attention to the name of the magazine, and unfortunately I couldn’t find it later! Anyway, I know how to make cookies, right? So it shouldn’t be that hard! Making these cookies was more like an experiment for me.
These button cookies are not melting in your mouth kind, they are more like crispy biscuits. It’s fun to eat them too! They look like broken buttons when bitten!
These button cookies will make a perfect edible gift too! Wouldn’t it be great to receive such a gift from a friend? You can use your friend’s favorite colors, put button cookies in a nice box and tie it with ribbons to make your gift even nicer! I’m sure it would be surprising!
It was the first time I used food coloring, so I was quite excited about the result. I decided to make them in five colors; light yellow, light brown, dark brown, pink and purple. I just used food coloring in two of these! I used cocoa powder for brown ones.
Did I tell you before how much I love playing with dough? It wouldn’t be wrong to say that my favorite kitchen tool is my rolling pin! I enjoy making balls from dough and rolling them out!
I used purple food coloring for this dough. But I must warn you not to make the mistake I made when kneading it. I forgot to wear gloves and my hands had purple stains when I finished kneading! It was removed after many times of washing, but it would have been better if I had worn gloves.
This one will make my light yellow button cookies. It’s the plain dough, no color additions. I used my smallest round cookie cutter to have perfect round buttons.
After cutting them in circles, we need a smaller cutter to imprint an inner circle. I already used the smallest one in my kitchen and I didn’t have a cutter smaller than this. Do you have any idea what I used instead?
You see I used my husband’s wedding ring as a cookie cutter! Can you read my name inside? After imprinting inner circles on cookies, I made holes of buttons with a wooden skewer; 4 holes for each button.
If you find it hard to transfer cookies after giving them shapes, you can place them on baking sheet right after cutting them. It will be easier to imprint and make holes there.
So if you want to make surprise gifts for your friends or if you want to have fun with your kids or just yourself, these button cookies are perfect!
- ½ cup corn starch
- 1 tsp vanilla
- ¾ cup custor sugar
- 1 egg, at room temperature
- 100g butter, at room temperature
- 2 cups whole wheat flour
- 3 tbsp cocoa powder, for brown buttons
- Purple food coloring, for pink and purple buttons
- Mix corn starch, vanilla, sugar, egg and butter with your hand.
- Add flour little by little and knead until you have soft and non sticky dough.
- Divide it into five balls.
- Set one of them aside to make it plain cookies.
- For light brown, add 1 tbsp cocoa powder into one of them and knead well.
- For dark brown, add 2 tbsp cocoa powder into another one and knead.
- For pink, add 9 drops purple food coloring into another and knead.
- For purple, add 22 drops purple food coloring and knead.
- Chill them for 15 minutes in refrigerator.
- Preheat oven at 170C.
- Roll them out one by one and cut with a round cookie cutter.
- Gently imprint an inner circle on each.
- Make 4 holes in the center of each cookie.
- Place them on a baking sheet and bake 12 minutes.
- Cool them on a wire rack.