Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Whisper Down the Lane Butter Cookies

So I was reading Libby's blog when I came across a recipe for these easy butter cookies. They looked so yummy and simple that I had to try! I was reading her comments and noted that she thought she might add some almond extract in addition to the original recipe from Full Bellies, Happy Kids and thought how fun it would be to take a simple cookie recipe and change one little thing about it and pass it on to the next baker to see what she does to the recipe, only making one or two little changes! That's where the idea for "Whisper Down the Lane Cookies" came about. So if you're a baker and you blog, make this recipe, post it on your blog with what YOU changed, and link back to the person who you got the recipe from... if you want to link back a few times, like I did with Libby's Cooking Blog, and Full Bellies, Happy Kids - go ahead!

Here's the super simple recipe! The bolded portions are what I added.

1 stick (1/2 c) butter, softened
1 c of flour
5 tbsp of sugar, plus a bit more to sprinkle on top
1/4 tsp salt
1 tsp vanilla
Sugar to sprinke on top (I added some cinnamon to this to make cinnamon sugar on the top)
1/2 tsp cinnamon

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix all ingredients together. Roll into about 1 inch balls and flatten with the back of a fork. Sprinkle with sugar and bake for about 10 minutes. Now pass the recipe along to all your baking buds and let's see how many different variations of these cookies we can come up with! Enjoy!


  1. I never thought of adding cinnamon to them :) What a great idea :) Did they turn out well?

  2. They were delicious! All the talk of fall on SPFH made me want something a bit fall-ish, so the bit of cinnamon was just enough! :)

  3. So glad you liked them :) I'm hosting a playdate at my house this Friday and I'm planning on making them with the almond extract :) I'm going to have to try the cinnamon addition one day also :)

  4. We just tried these and they're awesome. Perfect for a quick project for little hands. Madeleine practiced rolling balls (um, and sticking dough in her mouth. We'll have to work on that). I used your version, but next time I think I'll try peppermint extract.