How to make checkerboard cookies

December 11, 2013

Checkerboard butter cookies on JillHough.com

Recently, it was our wedding anniversary and I had absolutely no idea what to get for my husband.

Absolutely. No. Idea.

So, knowing cookies are his favorite food, I offered to make him a batch of whatever kind he chose.

He chose these checkerboard butter cookies, a combination of my basic Butter Cookies recipe, plus a Mexican Chocolate variation. The recipe has variations galore—including Almond Five-Spice, Lemon Poppyseed, and Maple Brown Sugar—but you can make the checkerboard pattern with two batches of just one flavor and some food coloring.

The cookies themselves are drop-dead easy. The checkerboard pattern takes a little time, but there’s nothing hard about it.

Here’s how to do it:

How to make checkerboard butter cookies on JillHough.com

The result is a snazzy-looking treat that’d be at home at even the fanciest cookie exchange.

I sliced and baked a couple dozen checkerboards for my husband, and gave him the rest as logs of dough for the freezer—so he can bake a new batch whenever the mood strikes.

He might even have enough to last until next year’s anniversary.

Not.

Checkerboard butter cookies on JillHough.com

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8 thoughts on “How to make checkerboard cookies

  1. Jill Post author

    Tim–I once participated in a cookie exchange and someone brought checkerboard cookies. I, too, went “Duh!” and set about to make them myself. I always like it when something high on the impressive scale is also low on the effort scale, don’t you?

  2. Timm Eubanks

    Yes, I like the impress scale related to the effort scale. I was even smarter and sent you post to my wife and she said she was definitely making those! Effort scale went way down! I knew she would be all over those. She is the baker in the family.

  3. Jill Post author

    Timm–(sorry I misspelled it earlier)–you are very clever indeed! You and my husband figured out the same thing–best way to enjoy them is to get someone else to make them!

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