Simply divine! Buttery, flavorful and fragrant, these rum butter cookies, Buttered Rum Butter Cookies, are the embodiment of a truly melt-in-your-mouth, delicate yet crisp, shortbread cookie. Sandwiched with a dreamy, soft and creamy rum buttercream filling for the ultimate in taste sensations. You can’t stop at just one. Everyone will LOVE them!
A New Christmas Cookie Classic:
Buttered Rum Butter Cookies
Of all the Christmas cookies that I bake each season, this cookie, Buttered Rum Butter Cookies, is the most requested by my husband, along with my Honey-Nut Rugelach and my grandmother’s Snowball Christmas Cookies (also known as Russian Teacakes). He also loves my rendition of her jam thumbprint cookies which I look forward to sharing in a future post.
Quite simply, The Big Lug has impeccable taste and is the ultimate cookie connoisseur. Because he is incredibly handsome, and undoubtedly the best husband in the entire universe, I just melt and am only happy to whip up his favorite holiday cookies. Because he knows all that goes into each batch, he appreciates each nibble immensely. He even insists on lending a hand after all my messy cookie baking business by doing the dishes and cleanup! I am one lucky girl.
Now, back to these cookies and how they came to be.
For my younger readers, it is important to know that before there was Dorie (Greenspan), there was Rose and Nancy (Baggett). And before Rose and Nancy, there was Maida (Heatter). I feel so blessed to have learned so much from these ladies and their award-winning baking cookbooks. Each cookbook is packed, from cover to cover, with only the very best recipes. No filler recipes can be found. Not a single one. Ever. Just 100% pure goodness with exceptionally written recipes.
If there ever was a cookie that jumped off the page of a cookbook and made me run to the kitchen to make it, it is Rose’s recipe for Mother Bauer’s Buttered Rum Cookies. My friends, this cookie is the ultimate butter cookie. Or shortbread cookie. In fact, it is beyond what you would expect in a rum butter cookie. This cookie in one word is exquisite.
As Rose explains:
“My friend Jeanne Bauer grew up in the Midwest and was blessed with a mother who baked wonderful Christmas cookies for family and friends. Although Mother Bauer had a full-time job outside the house, she spent evenings and weekends baking cookies. To this day, Jeanne has such loving memories of making Christmas cookies with her mother that never a year has gone by that she hasn’t relived the tradition in her own home.
Mother Bauer’s cookies are particular favorites of mine. They are divinely fragrant with butter, and soft and creamy yet crisp and crunchy all at the same time. This harmony is the result of a perfect marriage of rum buttercream filling and rum-flavored butter cookies. Perhaps the loveliest part of these sandwich cookies is the lingering perfumed flavor of buttered rum.”
So there you have it. A testament straight from Rose as to how special these cookies really are.
Although I realize this is a rather blasphemous statement, I would like to think that the famous French impressionist, Claude Monet, would have pushed his beloved Madeleine tea cookies aside for these Buttered Rum Butter Cookies to enjoy with his favorite sip. What human being wouldn’t?
Since Rose’s recipe (Mother Bauer’s) is extremely delicate (read: frustrating) to work with for young and inexperienced bakers, and the fact that many of my readers may not own a pastry cloth to roll out the dough, I have made modest changes to make the dough easier to handle without sacrificing the overall delicate crumb of this incredible butter cookie. In short, Rose’s dough is so delicate that the baked cookies are fragile to the point that they are difficult to sandwich (when gently pressing down on top of the filling) causing breakage. Therefore, I added just a touch more flour.
In addition, since I like to bake with unbleached all-purpose flour versus bleached for conventional baking, I borrowed a page out of my gluten and grain free baking and call for tapioca flour to lighten the flour overall. This is similar to how some recipes for classic butter cookies and shortbread call for cornstarch. The good news is that tapioca flour, such as Bob’s Red Mill®, is a much healthier choice and is readily available among gluten free flours in grocery stores.
As for the confectioners’ or powdered sugar called for in the recipe, I found a fabulous corn-free confectioners’ sugar by Wholesome Sweeteners. This is excellent news for those who are allergic to corn (or corn-derived ingredients), a major food allergen, because most powdered sugars contain cornstarch. It is also convenient to keep on hand when I am short on time and don’t have my own powdered sugar made from scratch, using a blender, with pure cane sugar and tapioca flour.
Finally, the other change I made for the flour mixture is that I call for almond meal/flour, such as Bob’s Red Mill®, because it is also readily found in stores whereas back when Rose’s Christmas Cookies was first published, it was not. However, you can certainly make your own almond meal with a food processor using sliced or slivered blanched almonds.
My friends, I hope that this recipe for Buttered Rum Butter Cookies becomes a new Christmas holiday tradition for your family. Everyone will love them!
Bon appétit and Happy Holidays!
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- For the Buttered Rum Butter Cookies
- 1¾ cups (210 grams) organic unbleached all-purpose flour, such as King Arthur Flour®
- 6 tablespoons (48 grams) tapioca flour/starch, such as Bob’s Red Mill®
- ¼ cup (28 grams) blanched almond meal/flour, such as Honeyville®
- 1 cup (2 sticks/226 grams) unsalted butter, softened
- ½ cup (60 grams) confectioners’ sugar
- 2 tablespoons (30 ml) light rum, such as Bacardi®
- ½ teaspoon (2.5 ml) pure almond extract, such as Nielsen-Massey®
- ½ teaspoon (2.5 grams) kosher salt
- For the Rum Buttercream Filling
- 3 tablespoons (42 grams) unsalted butter
- 1 cup (120 grams) confectioners’ sugar, lightly spooned into cup
- 2 teaspoons (10 ml) heavy cream
- ¾ teaspoon (3.75 ml) light rum, such as Bacardi®
Tips:Store cookies in an airtight container at room temperature or in the freezer. Cookies will keep up to 3 weeks when filled and 2 months unfilled. If dough softens while rolling out, simply slide the dough with the wrap onto a large cookie sheet and chill in refrigerator until firm. Only use completely cooled cookie sheets before baking each batch. Avoid crowding the cookies on baking sheets by spacing apart at least by 1 inch. How to Measure All-Purpose Flour for this Recipe: This tip is provided for bakers who do not own a kitchen scale and will be measuring flour by volume rather than by weight. First, aerate your flour by stirring it in the container. Then, simply use the dip and sweep method by dipping your dry measuring cup into the flour and level off the top with a straight edge of a metal icing spatula. (The straight edge of a knife from a flatware set can be used as well.) Use a sheet of wax paper as a liner on your work surface to measure flour so that the excess can easily be funneled back into flour bag or container. Recipe Adapted From: Rose’s Christmas Cookies by Rose Levy Beranbaum. Original Recipe Source: WickedGoodKitchen.com Copyright © Wicked Good Kitchen. All content and images are copyright protected. Please do not use my images without prior permission. If you want to republish this recipe, please re-write the recipe in your own words. Alternatively, link back to this post for the recipe.