Video: It’s all about the butter with holiday cookies

Chocolate chip cookies

(Photo via Flickr user Brian Richardson)

I enjoy both baking and cooking. But at times, I’m not very good at either. There have been burnt cookies and mushy Brussels sprouts and near-fires and, yes, sometimes tears.

But I persevere, especially this time of year, because there is nothing better than a lit Christmas tree, Michael BublĂ© singing “White Christmas” and the smell of freshly baked cookies.

It’s gotten better over the years, as I’ve learned (thanks, Cooking Light) to watch the softness of the butter: Too hard and it doesn’t mix in with the other ingredients. Too soft and your cookies turn out to be a flat, crispy, terrible mess. I have little patience in letting my butter soften to room temperature (although, really, it only takes 30 or 40 minutes), but it’s worth it in the end.

Here’s a video — Goldilocks style — on when the butter is just right:

Sarah Chain

I'm an avid reader and book lover living and working in downtown York. Follow me on Twitter at @sarahEchain.

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