This Basic Butter Cookie Dough alone bakes up a delicious cookie, but combined with the four variations, you have all you need to create a fabulous Christmas cookie platter.
How to Soften Butter
Baking recipes often call for softened butter, but if you put the butter in the microwave you risk butter soup. Leaving it out at room temp is fine if you've got lots of time. But when your butter is cold and hard and you want it to be warm and soft, just pound it with a rolling pin.