It’s a bit of an oxymoron finding the words skinny and butter in the same sentence, but bite into one of these simple and easy to make butter cookie sticks and you’ll understand why. Cookie sticks are light and literally skinny yet they have a rich buttery flavor. It feels like an indulgence with just a few sticks.
It’s a simple and easy recipe. You can color the dough or not, but I thought I would tint one part red and another part blue while leaving the rest of it plain. Play with the cookie sticks and shape them into a flag which would make for a great presentation if you’re having a cookout or picnic this coming Memorial Day or Fourth of July.
You can dip some of the cookie sticks in melted chocolate and coat them with sugar sprinkles. Personally, I prefer the cookies plain.
These coated cookie sticks remind me of sparklers.
Have an activity table laid out with little stars and cookie sticks and let the kids assemble their own flags.
Assembling these skinny butter cookie sticks in whatever form you want is a unique way of presenting these delicious treats.
It’s really simple to make. Just make the cookie dough, wrap it and chill it for a few minutes. Roll the dough out in a rectangle between two sheets of waxed paper. The dough tends to roll out in a circle, so you can either trim the edges straight to make a rectangle, or just push the edges in then roll over the sides to even them out. Slice the dough into thin strips then lay them on a lined cookie sheet and bake for 12 minutes at 300°F.
Tint the dough in any color to make whatever flag you want to assemble. These cookie sticks keep well for weeks in an airtight container at room temperature.
Use good quality butter to get the best flavor.
The recipe will yield dozens of skinny butter cookie sticks depending on how thick or how long you slice them.
Other ideas for Memorial Day, Fourth of July, Veterans Day or Flag Day are Uncle Sam cookies, raspberry, banana and blueberry macarons or even a flag roll cake. If you want something simpler, a batch of chocolate chip cookies is always a crowd pleaser.
Whatever you decide to make, have fun with it.
- 1 ½ cups (3 sticks) unsalted butter (339 g)
- ½ cup granulated sugar (105 g)
- 1 ½ cups powdered sugar (172 g)
- ½ teaspoon salt (4 g)
- 4 cups all-purpose flour (548 g)
- Optional (if making red, white and blue cookie sticks): few drops of red and blue gel food coloring
- Line two cookie sheets with parchment paper.
- With the flat beater of a stand mixer, cream the butter until light and smooth.
- Gradually add the granulated sugar and mix until light and fluffy. Mix in the salt.
- Gradually add the powdered sugar and beat until well combined.
- Gradually add the flour and beat until well combined.
- To make red, white and blue cookie sticks, divide the dough in three portions allowing more dough for the white and red portion and less for the blue.
- Mix in 1 -2 drops of gel food coloring to tint one part of the dough red. Mix in blue gel food coloring to the smaller portion. Leave the third portion untinted.
- Wrap each color separately in plastic wrap and chill for about 15 – 20 minutes.
- Preheat oven to 300°F. Move the oven shelf to the lowest level just above the heating element to avoid over browning. Roll out dough into a rectangle between two sheets of waxed paper. Use a knife or bench scraper to slice the dough into thin strips about ¼ inch wide x 6 inches long. Use a small cookie cutter to cut out some white stars.
- Transfer the sliced dough onto the cookie sheet and bake for 12 minutes. Remove from the oven and let the cookie sticks cool completely on the cookie sheet. Store in an airtight container at room temperature.
- Variation: For chocolate covered cookie sticks, melt 2 cups white chocolate chips or semi-sweet chocolate chips in a double boiler. Remove from heat and stir in 3 tablespoons of canola oil. Pour the chocolate in a tall narrow glass. Dip the cookie sticks in the chocolate and coat with nuts or sprinkles. Chill the chocolate-covered cookie sticks to let the chocolate completely set.
Skinny Butter Cookie Sticks