Discover Easy Butter Cookies and Inspire Your Teen's Baking Journey

12th June 2024

Have you been searching for a delightful way to engage your teen this summer? Look no further than our recipe for Butter Cookies, inspired by the culinary genius Alice Waters of Chez Panisse.

This recipe is hugely popular at the cookery school and makes a regular appearance - often served with our Hot Chocolate Mousse. Designed to encourage creativity and a sense of accomplishment in young bakers, it offers a sneak peek into the kind of fun they can have at Dublin Cookery School's Summer Baking Bonanza, a 2-day cooking camp that promises to be an unforgettable adventure.

Why Summer Baking Bonanza is the Perfect Summer Activity

Cookery courses are the ideal way to keep your teens engaged during the summer hols. Not only do they get to learn new skills, but they also make new friends and get to throw themselves into a creative wonderland. Summer Baking Bonanza focuses on curated menu of breads, cakes and cookies that involve both solo and project work, ensuring that every participant, regardless of their skill level, can join in the fun.

Benefits of Growing Gourmets Summer Camps at Dublin Cookery School

  • Hands-On Learning: There's nothing like getting hands-on with plenty of practical experience to master baking techniques.
  • Expert Guidance: Our courses are led by experienced chefs who are passionate about teaching.
  • Creative Expression: We encourages teens to express themselves through their culinary creations.
  • Fun and Engaging Environment: We create a lively, enjoyable and welcoming atmosphere where teens can immerse themselves while learning.

Now, let's move on to our star attraction—Chez Panisse's Butter Cookies.

Recipe for Butter Cookies


  • 225g salted butter at room temperature
  • 150g sugar
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract (or 1/2 tsp grated orange or lemon rind)
  • 270g flour


  1. Cream the Butter:
  • Cream the butter until light and fluffy.
  • Add the sugar and beat until fluffy again.
  1. Add the Egg Yolk:
  • Add the egg yolk and beat until light again.
  1. Incorporate the Flour:
  • Work in the flour (and the salt if needed) until just evenly mixed.
  1. Shape the Dough:
  • Place the dough on a sheet of cling film and shape into rolls of any size you like.
  • Chill the dough.
  1. Slice and Bake:
  • Slice a scant 1/4" thick pieces.
  • Place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper, at least 1 and half inches apart.
  • Bake in a preheated oven at 180°C (350°F) for 10-12 minutes, depending on size, or until they are very lightly browned on top.

These cookies are perfect for sharing with friends and family or enjoying as a personal treat.

Join the Baking Bonanza!

This 2-day cooking course is tailored to young baking enthusiasts eager to explore and refine their culinary skills. They will learn to create a variety of delicious treats, guided by our expert chefs, and will leave with newfound confidence in the kitchen.

Ready to Get Started?

Don't miss out on this fantastic opportunity. Sign your teen up for our summer 2-day cooking course Baking Bonanza and ignite their passion for baking today!

With this engaging introduction to baking and the exciting prospect of our summer camp, we hope to inspire both you and your teen to explore the wonderful world of baking. Whether you're a seasoned pro or just getting started, there's always something new to learn and create. Happy baking!

Growing Gourmets Summer Baking Bonanza!

This Growing Gourmets summer camp (aged 11 - 16) has 2 days of brand new recipes for those who are looking to immerse themselves in a baking bonanza!

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