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Mama B’s Melt-In-Your-Mouth Cookies

Make these light-but-rich treats for your family, or gift them to your friends


Ann and Lex Alexander are retired but are active community members who have started several retail businesses including Wellspring Grocery and 3 Cups.

“My mother, Peggy Bowman, was known by all my friends as Mama B. Every Christmas, my buddies and I would gather in her kitchen to make Danish Butter Cookies from an old family recipe. In those days, we used a wooden spoon to cream the butter and sugar. It took quite a while and a lot of muscle to cream the butter and sugar to a fluffy, light consistency that was necessary for these wonderfully light, but rich cookies. Everyone got to take some cookies home, and we all had a great time laughing along the way. When my friends later got married, Mama B gave each of them a wooden spoon, cookie sheet and cookie press for a wedding present.” –Ann Bowman Alexander

Photo by Briana Brough

Mama B’s Danish Butter Cookies

1⁄2 lb. unsalted butter (2 sticks) at room temperature
1 1⁄4 cups sugar
1 egg, well beaten
3-5 Tbsp. half-and-half or evaporated milk 3 1⁄2 cups all-purpose white flour, sifted
1 tsp. salt

Heat oven to 375 degrees. Cream butter and sugar using the paddle attachment on an electric mixer until fluffy and light. Add egg. Then add flour and milk/cream alternately. Mix until blended thoroughly, but do not overmix. Using a cookie press with a ridge die, make long strips and place onto an ungreased cookie sheet. Using a blunt knife dipped in water, cut into 4 or 5 pieces per long strip of cookies. Each piece should be about 3 or 4 inches long. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes until barely golden brown. Remove immediately and let cool on racks.

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