Monday, 8 August 2011

Baking My Way: Pillsbury Melt-away Butter Fingers

I feeling that baking itch; that “I feel like baking” feeling so I got out my book and picked this. I also used oil in this one, instead of butter, because I was out, and I was a little worried because usually this type of baking has that strong buttery flavor. But I thought what the heck, you never know till you try and although I used more oil then the conversion chart says (I just went based off what I knew the dough should look like) they turned out really well. They practically melt in your hand on the way to your mouth!

I give these a 4 (1 being "I'll never bake them again" and 5 being "They are now one of my favorites")

2 cups flour
1/2 cup powdered sugar
1/8 teaspoon salt
1 cup butter or margarine
1 cup finely chopped walnuts
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/4 cup powdered sugar

Heat oven to 400°F. Lightly spoon flour into measuring cup; level off. In large bowl, combine flour, 1/2 cup powdered sugar and salt. Using pastry blender or fork, cut in butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Add walnuts and vanilla; mix with hands to form a smooth dough. Using about 1 tablespoonful dough for each, shape into 2 1/2-inch fingers. Place on ungreased cookie sheets.

Bake at 400°F. for 5 to 7 minutes or until set and light golden brown. Cool 1 minute; remove from cookie sheets. Carefully roll in 1/4 cup powdered sugar; cool.

Variations for your pleasure:

Omit walnuts. Shape and bake dough as directed above. Do not roll in powdered sugar. In small saucepan over very low heat, melt 1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips and 1 teaspoon margarine or butter; cool slightly. Dip ends of cookies into chocolate mixture, then into 1/2 cup finely chopped pistachio nuts. Let stand until set. 3 1/2 dozen cookies.

Prepare dough as directed above, substituting 1 cup miniature semi-sweet chocolate chips for walnuts. Shape into 1-inch balls. Place 1 inch apart on ungreased cookie sheets. Bake at 325°F. for 14 to 17 minutes or until firm to the touch but not brown. DO NOT OVERBAKE. Immediately remove from cookie sheets. Roll in powdered sugar; cool. 3 1/2 dozen cookies.


  1. I will try these, they sound delicious. But I never really met a cookie I didn't like :)

  2. These look very good! I love this kind of cookie and I love the variations you gave.

  3. Yummy Looking cookies. Will try once the weather cools here and I turn the oven on.. I do get itchy to bake .

  4. A rating of four sounds great for not even using butter. Glad you shared at Joy of Desserts, Amanda.

  5. Oh my. I can't make these. Because I will eat them all and refuse to share. I know I will. Ooookay. I'll make them. You convinced me. ;) They sound amazing! Thank you for sharing.

  6. These sound and look super yummy and we are featuring them on My Meatless Mondays. Visit with us and please bring more recipes for all the hungry foodies.


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