4.17.2014

Miffy Petit Beurre



When the baby of our family was just a few years old, she had a HUGE obsession with bunnies.  If we passed a stuffed bunny in the store, she threw a hissy fit until I bought it. She had every story book that had a picture of a bunny on it.  What can I say, she was the baby of the family and I was to a point that it was just easier to give her whatever she wanted.  It worked and she actually turned out great.  

When she was three years old, we were at a church Christmas dinner and a general authority of our church asked her what she wanted for Christmas.  She replied, "I want a bunny when it hopes".  On December 23rd around 10:00 at night our door bell rang.  I opened the door to see a cage with a tiny rabbit inside.  I looked around to see who had left it there and saw the escape vehicle speeding away.  I recognized the car and knew exactly who had left it there.  Sure enough the wonderful man that asked Tiffany what she wanted for Christmas had purchased a bunny and cage to make a little girls Christmas the best ever!  The man was Elder Vaughn Featherstone.  He and his wife had hearts of gold.  Of course, we kept the bunny and fondly named her "Feather".  




Tiffany is now 23 years old and for some odd reason I still find myself being drawn towards bunnies.  When I saw this Miffy cookie cutter on Pinterest, I knew that it needed to be added to our bunny collection even if it is 20 years late.



I began to search for a Petit Beurre cookie recipe.  The dough holds it's shape and any detail of the cookie would not be lost during baking.




I turned to Amazon where I found this tiny recipe book for many flavors of dough for Petit Beurre.  It came with the darling cookie cutter to make Petit Beurre Mason (purple cutter).  I was thrilled to find this adorable collection.  I found the Miffy cookie cutters separately.  Unfortunately I have not been able to find the book and cutter on Amazon, so I don't have a link.  But the Miffy Cookie Cutter  is available and believe it or not the cost is under $2 for both of the cutters shown is this picture.




Problem.  The recipe book was written in French.  I'm pretty good and translating French menu's and do ok with cookbooks but I have to admit it took me a while to get the recipe perfect using U.S. measurements, ingredients, and my altitude.

The cookie dough is so easy and can be made in just a few minutes.




You will need:

1/2 cup (100 g) sugar
1/2 cup (100 g) salted butter
1/3 cup (63 ml) water
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 cups (250 g) all-purpose flour or 00 flour
1/2 teaspoon (4 g) baking powder




In a small sauce pan, add 1/2 cup butter.  I'm using salted butter.  I like the salted over unsalted.  It just works well with this recipe




Add 1/3 cup water.




Add 1/2 cup sugar.




and 1/4 teaspoon salt.




Bring to a boil over low heat until butter is completely melted.




Pour mixture into a mixing bowl and let stand for 20 minutes.







Add 2 cups flour.




1/2 teaspoon baking powder.




Stir until smooth and soft.






Quickly knead the dough until soft and smooth.




I like to flatten the dough into a square or rectangular shape.




Cover with plastic wrap.




Refrigerate dough for at least 3 hours.




After 3 hours remove dough from the refrigerator and unwrap plastic wrap.  Place dough on a lightly floured surface or parchment paper.  The dough is very stiff and you will need to use some upper body strength. At first it's quite difficult to roll, but keep at it.  The dough will begin to soften up a bit and roll easier.

My biceps are so buff right now.




Using the Miffy cookie cutter, press into the rolled out dough.




The cutter has a removable center that makes cutting perfect and easy.




Cute.




Cuter.




Place on a baking sheet.  The cookies can be placed within a 1/2-inch of each other because they won't loose their shape or spread.




Bake in a preheated 350 F (180C) oven for 8-10 minutes or until golden brown.




I like to get the edges a bit brown because I love the nutty brown butter flavor that comes out.










Perfect for Easter giving.  Such a cute Easter basket treat.  Perfect for little grandkids.





Miffy Petit Beurre

1/2 cup (100 g) sugar
1/2 cup (100 g) salted butter
1/3 cup (63 ml) water
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 cups (250 g) all-purpose flour or 00 flour
1/2 teaspoon (4 g) baking powder

In a saucepan, add the water, sugar salt and butter.  Bring to a boil over low heat and wait until the butter is completely melted. Pour into a mixing bowl and let stand for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.  Add flour and baking powder and stir with a spoon until the mixture is smooth and soft.  When the mixture is soft quickly knead by hand until smooth.  Press into flattened disc or square.  Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 3 hours.  The refrigeration will solidify the butter.  Remove from refrigerator and roll out thin.  Cut with cookie cutter.  Place on baking sheet bake in a preheated 350 F (180 C) oven for 8-10 minutes or until lightly golden brown.  Makes about 3 dozen small Miffy's.


sources:  Petits-Beurre cookbook, Ya a la Venta, Trattoria da Martina






17 comments:

  1. These are super cute! My daughter (now 5) loves penguins, but I fear she's already getting out of that phase--I'll still think of penguins as cute though. :) Helpful hint.. in the directions step by step you put cook for 20 mins.. but I think you mean chill (as per the recipe).

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    1. Thanks for proof reading for me. I'll make that correction. Penguins are so cute. Thank goodness you can't have one for a pet.

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    2. Heather, here is a link to a penguin cutter set - found if as I was browsing other cutters... I think I have an addiction now :)

      http://www.amazon.com/Estone-Penguin-Biscuit-Fondant-Sugarcraft/dp/B00GFCS8JM/ref=sr_1_137?ie=UTF8&qid=1397874127&sr=8-137&keywords=fondant+mold+cookie+cutter

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    3. Great link. Thanks so much

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  2. I adore your cookies !!! Soooooo cute ;) nicer than our traditionnal "Petit Beurre"

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    1. I love the traditional petit beurre

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  3. I love all the photos in your recipes! These cookies are adorable and so is the story!

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  4. This is why Tiffany is so adorable and will be as wonderful a mother as you are!

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  5. these cookies are so stinkin cute!! I love those cutters - I just went through your link to the cutters but it took me to a group page - based on what you said it looks like you got the $1.61 cutters - I just noticed the one next to it was $0.90 for the set!! Might have to snag these, thanks for telling us about them!! I won't get them for Easter but who says you can't have cute Miffy cookies all year round!?! did yours take a long time for shipping - I'm in Australia but I just thought I'd compare ;)

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    1. I don't remember how long the shipping took. It wasn't too long. I got free shipping with a total cost of $1.75

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  6. Merci beaucoup pour cette délicieuse recette, thank you so much, it is just a traditionnal biscuit for us.
    Have a nice day.
    Sophie
    PS: I really enjoy reading your blog

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  7. thanks for sharing.
    I would like to know where did you get the cookies cutter ( the purple rectangle one, not the rabbits.

    would u please let me know. Thanks so much.

    Candice

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    1. I purchased the purple cookie cutter and book as a set on Amazon just before Christmas last year. I have not been able to find them since. You could just do a search for Petit Beurre cookie cutter. They are available internationally. Keep trying Amazon.

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  8. What a wonderful story! It is choice. Elder Featherstone's son is my bishop, and you're right, the Featherstones are very special people. I'll have to share this story with him. He'd love it. As always, thanks for the wonderful recipe. And those cookie cutters are out of this world cute!

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    1. Of my gosh what a small world. Is your bishop Paul Featherstone? If so, I have stories. Thank you so much for commenting and making our world smaller.

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  9. Im from the Netherlands and miffy is dutch w call it Nijntje lol. Cute tho!

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    1. I wish I knew how to pronounce that. Thanks for the fun comment.

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