In the year of PIG, this Piggy German Butter Cookie is currently the hottest cookie to bake. The cookie is as buttery as shortbread biscuit while as crumbly as a butter cookie. Moreover, with the decent sweetness in this cookie which is not overly sweet, it is simply a perfect butter cookie recipe as a snack and a home-baked gift to your friends and family. When you start to put one in your mouth to enjoy the melt-in-the-mouth moment you are going to snack until they are all gone.
Be creative, you can basically shape this 6 ingredients German butter cookie dough into any style you like. Since 2019 is the year of PIG, everyone has gone crazy making cookies and any possible Chinese delicacy into the shape of a pig. My baking buddy, Mandy, has done a wonderful job by shaping the Piggy German Butter Cookie into a few styles and all of them are so adorable. Be it a simple piggy head, lying down piggy, valentine piggy or even a piggy wearing a Chinese New Year costume (scroll down to the last image), they are sure huge is wow factor.
Piggy German Butter Cookie Recipe
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Valentine’s Day is approaching, bake some to spread the love around!
Just a simple tweak on the design, the Piggy German Butter Cookie has turned into a lovely romantic cookie, perfect for any occasion, especially the upcoming Valentine’s Day.
Heart or Flower?
Let’s celebrate the PIG year Chinese New Year!
- 125 gram Unsalted Butter
- 50 gram Powdered Sugar / Confectioners Sugar / Icing Sugar
- 95 gram Potato Flour
- 120 gram All Purpose Flour (sieved)
- 10 gram Full Cream Milk Powder
- Pinch of salt
- Pink Food coloring
- Black Sesame Seeds
Basic Piggy Shaping
- Preheat oven to 150ºC now or 20 mins before baking.
- Cream butter and icing sugar till fluffy (about 1 min).
- Fold in sieved flours, milk powder, and salt, mix well and form a dough.
- Remove 1-2 Tbsp of dough to mix with pink food coloring (1-2 dots from a toothpick).
- To make the piggy face, weigh 8g for each ball from the plain dough, arrange them on the baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
The pink dough is to make ears and snout, just pinch 3 tiny balls of dough and shape them into 2 triangles and an oval ball (for each pig).
- Arranged 2 pink triangles on top as ears, and oval ball in front as a snout.
- Stick black sesame seeds to make eyes, pressed lightly onto the dough to prevent them from falling off after baking. (I used a toothpick to do the job). Use a toothpick to make 2 pierced holes for the snout.
- Bake in a preheated oven, on the 2nd lower shelf, for 20-25 minutes. (Rotate trays if you needed to)
- After removing from oven, cool for 5 minutes on a baking tray. Transferred to a cooling rack to cool completely before storing in an airtight container.
Valentine’s Piggy Shaping
For the other pattern with 4 tiny hinds facing up, I used:
10g dough ball for the body (flatten lightly)
4 tiny balls for hinds
2 triangle (pink) for ears
1 oval for a snout
Challenge yourself with a more complicated design to make the basic Piggy German Butter Cookie into Chinese New Year theme piggy cookie.
- Use butter at room temperature.
- The dough will deflate and expand a little after baked.
- Besides using black sesame seeds for eyes, you may draw them with an edible ink pen.
- This butter cookie dough is easy to make into any pattern, by using different colors and shapes.