Butterfly Cookies

Nearly translucent candied pineapple and papaya delicately color the wings of these butterfly cookies. Look for candied fruit in specialty shops or large grocery stores.

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  • Makes: 60 cookies
  • Prep: 40 mins
  • Bake: 30 mins 375°F

Butterfly Cookies

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Directions

  1. In a large mixing bowl beat butter with an electric mixer on medium to high speed for 30 seconds. Add granulated sugar, brown sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt; beat until combined, scraping sides of bowl occasionally. Beat in egg and almond extract until combined. Beat in as much of the flour as you can with the mixer. Using a wooden spoon, stir in candied pineapple, candied papaya, and any remaining flour.
  2. If dough is too sticky to handle, cover and chill in refrigerator for 1 to 2 hours or until easy to handle. Divide dough in half. Shape each half of dough into a 9-inch-long roll. Wrap rolls in plastic wrap or waxed paper. Chill about 2 hours or until firm.
  3. Using a sharp knife, cut dough into 1/4-inch slices. Cut each slice in half. Place rounded sides of two halves together on an ungreased cookie sheet, forming a butterfly.
  4. Bake in a 375 degree F oven about 6 minutes or until edges just begin to brown. Transfer cookies to a wire rack; cool completely. In a small saucepan combine chocolate and shortening; heat and stir over low heat until melted. Cool slightly. Spoon into a small, self-sealing plastic bag; seal bag. Snip a tiny piece off one corner of the bag. Pipe a chocolate butterfly body onto each cookie. Makes 60 cookies.

From the Test Kitchen

Prepare and shape dough into logs; wrap in plastic wrap and place in a self-sealing freezer bag. Freeze up to 1 month. Thaw 4 hours in refrigerator before slicing. Bake as above. Or, bake and cool cookies as directed, but do not apply chocolate butterfly body. Place in a freezer container or bag and freeze up to 3 months. Thaw cookies about 15 minutes. Pipe chocolate butterfly body onto thawed cookies.

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Nutrition Facts (Butterfly Cookies)

  • Per serving:
  • 56 kcal ,
  • 3 g fat
  • (1 g sat. fat ,
  • 7 mg chol. ,
  • 32 mg sodium ,
  • 7 g carb. ,
  • 0 g fiber ,
  • 0 g pro.
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