French Fridays with Dorie – Salted Butter Break-Ups

“Don’t play with your food” – countless mothers throughout the world.


Sorry Mama, but these cookies were made for playing. Like most games, however, there are rules that should be followed.  Think of these as your back of the box instructions.

Number of players: 2 or more.  Solitaire is not recommended unless you have the travel size version.
Ages: After the dough is done, it’s open for all ages.  Wee!

  • – Roll out the cookie dough without completely caring for anything but getting them to the right thickness of a quarter inch.
  • – Brush them with a bit of egg wash
  • – Get out the funnest or most holiday appropriate cookie cutters you have in the house.
  • – Press in as many shapes as you can fit in your rolled dough
  • – Bake and wait.  This is truly the toughest part of the game, especially when the buttery aroma takes over the entire house.

From this point on, removing the cookie from the silicon mat is completely optional; not doing so is mandatory if 4+ are playing.  Also, the defined time for letting the cookies cool may vary.  If the players are older, there might not be a need for letting them rest for that long.

  • – Begin eating the cookie edges, breaking them off to reveal the shaped cookie sections.  It is very important not to fight over the crisped up edges, as there should be enough to go around. If that seems to be an issue, bake the next round for an extra minute.
  • – Make sure to say out loud “I got a star out” or “You are free, Ms. Heart!”, or any other similar expression as you claim your cookie shape.

All silliness aside, these cookies are wonderful.  Even DH, the guy who doesn’t care for sweets, was raving about them.  That extra sprinkle of salt in the end balances the sweetness perfectly, making these break-ups very addictive.

Here’s to another French Fridays with Dorie success story!  Make sure to see how the rest of the fellow Doristas did with this fun recipe.

The recipe is posted in Dorie Greenspan’s blog.

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Adriana is a financial analyst by day, avid home cook in the evenings, and food blogger and runner in the strange hours between those two. When not in the kitchen concocting meals and stories to pass around, she is out looking for the next great bite (or the ingredients to make it at home), checking what's new at the market, or planning a trip around great food and wine.

22 Responses to “French Fridays with Dorie – Salted Butter Break-Ups”

  1. eatlivtravwrite
    March 18, 2011 at 12:12 pm #

    Weren’t these fun? I halved the recipe though and it was MORE than enough for four! Love your idea of getting the shapes out and making a game out of it!

  2. SisBoomTweet
    March 18, 2011 at 2:50 pm #

    This is a great idea to embed shapes and leave them in!

  3. Cher
    March 18, 2011 at 3:56 pm #

    Cute post! This was a fun one, wasn’t it?

  4. yummychunklet
    March 18, 2011 at 5:48 pm #

    I love your “game instructions” post! And how clever to pre-cut shapes! Great post and great looking cookie!

  5. Kathy
    March 18, 2011 at 7:04 pm #

    Cute post…great idea to get the kids involved! What fun!

  6. Dessert By Candy
    March 18, 2011 at 7:29 pm #

    Love your idea of making it into a game. Using cookie cutter to perforate the dough is awesome!

  7. Buttercreambarbie
    March 18, 2011 at 8:06 pm #

    looks amazing. i like your blog by the way 🙂

  8. Patty
    March 18, 2011 at 9:31 pm #

    I like your interactive cookie sharing fun. We used to play the game where you say I have a heart and I’m going to Harvard or something like that. I enjoyed your take on this wonderful recipe;-)

  9. Spike
    March 18, 2011 at 10:54 pm #

    So fun! I love the shapes. Perfect recipe for little helpers.

  10. Liz
    March 18, 2011 at 10:54 pm #

    What a fun idea!

  11. Ryan
    March 18, 2011 at 11:01 pm #

    Great post! I loved the rules and great idea to use cookie cutters to make pretty patterns in the dough!

  12. Betsy
    March 19, 2011 at 12:42 am #

    Love the embedded shapes. Very clever. Playing food is a must! All those mothers are wrong!

  13. tricia s.
    March 19, 2011 at 1:02 am #

    Your post was utterly delightful…starting with the “don’t play with your food”. Hilarious. Loved the game concept and the imbedded shapes. Never dreamt of that concept but fab for kids. Big kids too 🙂 Well done ~

  14. Lana
    March 19, 2011 at 1:52 am #

    What a great idea! Next time I am going to use the cookie cutters! I have to admit to eating all the crispy edges by myself – they were the best!

  15. KY (Life is Full)
    March 19, 2011 at 4:40 pm #

    Very creative! Glad your family had fun and enjoyment with this cookie!

  16. Elaine
    March 19, 2011 at 8:17 pm #

    I really like that you left the dough in a free form shape initially and then everyone could choose their own shape to make. Such a great idea, especially for children! Your cookies are such a beautiful golden color. Great post, Adriana.

  17. Renee (Kudos Kitchen)
    March 20, 2011 at 12:17 pm #

    Everybody is a winner with this game you played. What a cute and creative idea to use the cookies cutters to add to the break-up fun and excitement. Too cute!

  18. Allison
    March 20, 2011 at 12:18 pm #

    I love that you used hearts and stars. I couldn’t decided between them and finally landed on just using stars. Never crossed my mind to use both. lol.

  19. Jen @ My Morning Chocolate
    March 20, 2011 at 12:39 pm #

    What a fun idea to use cookie cutters, and then dig for the shapes afterwards. I loved the edges of these cookies too. I had to pack them up and give them away because I couldn’t stop breaking off pieces and eating them!

  20. bks4maggie
    March 22, 2011 at 1:56 am #

    These were fun! and your’s look great — my family liked the edges best!

  21. Gloria
    March 22, 2011 at 3:37 am #

    Genius idea to cut in shapes. Very clever and super fun….especially for your game. 😉

  22. Monica (Ms. Hobby)
    March 23, 2011 at 2:28 am #

    What a fun idea to make shape to be popped out of the cookie! Very clever!

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