Meet your new baking BFF that will make life a whole lot easier.
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‘Tis the season for Christmas cookie baking galore! You love the tradition of mixing, rolling and, of course, taste testing, but between the office holiday party and Christmas shopping for the kids, you barely have time to breathe, let alone whip up a batch of Peanut Butter Blossoms. And that annoying step of waiting for the butter to soften is precious time you just don’t have.
There’s a New Baking Ingredient in Town
Fear not, busy bakers. Country Crock just released a new butter-like product that, gasp, doesn’t even need to soften. That’s right…it’s ready to go straight out of the fridge. How exactly does it work, though? Simple: The new Country Crock Buttery Sticks are made with some sunflower oil. Plus, they’re available in both salted and unsalted versions so you have an option for any recipe you want to make.
How to Use It
You can use it just as you would a regular stick of butter (it’s a 1:1 ratio) and it has the same creamy texture you need for that perfectly baked Christmas cookie. And we promise it tastes just as delicious. Same taste in half the time? Yep, we are all about that, especially when your annual holiday party starts in less than an hour and you haven’t even started baking!
It may not seem like much but using the Country Crock Buttery Sticks could save you a half hour that you can now spend on wrapping that big pile of presents. Plus, we all know the struggle of getting all your ingredients out and starting to mix everything together, only to realize your butter is still rock hard.
Bring Buttery Sticks to the Table
It doesn’t just have to be for baking, either. Why not put out one of the rich and creamy Buttery Sticks with some warm homemade rolls for your Christmas Eve dinner? It’s super spreadable, super tasty, and superior to that tub of margarine you always resort to.
Christmas should be a time of happy memories and delicious treats, not stress and ruined cookies. And thanks to Country Crock and its ingenious Buttery Sticks, your holiday season just got so much easier (and sweeter!). We can’t help but wonder why no one thought of this sooner…
I live in Missouri, but many of our family recipes come from New Zealand, where I lived as a youngster. I proudly claim a Down Under heritage! These special-occasion cookies bring back warm and sweet memories of my childhood, and I'm going to make sure they're passed on to the next generation in my family—no matter where they live. —A. Swenson, Camdenton, Missouri
Here's a fun holiday recipe children can help with. And no cookie cutters are needed! I just shape the dough into a triangular log, refrigerate it and cut it into tree-shaped slices to bake and decorate. Broken pretzel sticks form the tree trunks. —Phyllis Schmalz, Kansas City, Kansas
Whenever I visit friends in Lutsen, Minnesota, I make sure to buy maple syrup there because I think it's even better than in Quebec. These delicious cookies can be decorated with sprinkles but they're just fine as is.—Lorraine Caland, Shuniah, Ontario
My family loves shortbread and I love cranberries, so I decided to put the two together to make cranberry shortbread cookies. The star shape is a festive addition to my holiday cookie tray. —Sonya Labbe, West Hollywood, California
My mother, who is of Scottish heritage, passed this shortbread recipe, along with other favorite recipes, on to me. When I entered this treat at our local fair, it won a red ribbon. —Rose Mabee, Selkirk, Manitoba
These whipped shortbread cookies melt in your mouth. Mostly I make them for the holidays, but I'll also prepare them year-round for wedding showers and afternoon teas. —Jane Ficiur, Bow Island, Alberta
This recipe has been in my files for a long time...probably from when I first learned to bake. Any chocolate lover will like these melt-in-your-mouth cookies. I make them year-round with variations. They're even richer with a thin coat of icing or as a sandwich cookie with frosting in the middle. —Sarah Bueckert, Austin, Manitoba
I found this recipe in a magazine over 30 years ago and have made these shortbread cutout cookies for Christmas ever since. They're an oh-so-simple recipe to whip up during the hectic holidays. —Jean Henderson, Montgomery, Texas
I really love carrot cake and wanted to make a cookie that had the same flavors. These comforting cookies are just the ticket! Cinnamon, maple and vanilla make them perfect for the holidays. —Elisabeth Larsen, Pleasant Grove, Utah
This simple three-ingredient shortbread cookie recipe makes wonderfully rich, tender cookies. Serve them with fresh berries of the season for a nice, light dessert. You'll get miles of smiles when friends see these at an afternoon tea or a bridal shower. —Marlene Hellickson, Big Bear City, California
As both a freelance lifestyle writer and editor for a national teen magazine, Amanda spends most of her time creating #content. In those (rare) moments when she's not at her desk typing furiously, she's likely teaching a hot yoga class, reading the latest chick-lit or baking a batch of her famous scones.