Butter Cookies Recipe
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Butter Cookies Recipe

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"These cookies are favorites of my nephews, who love the creamy frosting," notes Ruth Griggs of South Hill, Virginia.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Bake: 10 min./batch
MAKES:78 servings
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TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Bake: 10 min./batch
MAKES: 78 servings


  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 4 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 to 4 tablespoons 2% milk
  • Red food coloring, optional


  1. Preheat oven to 375°. Cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in egg and vanilla. In another bowl, whisk flour, baking powder and salt; gradually beat into creamed mixture.
  2. Using a cookie press fitted with a heart disk; press dough 1 in. apart onto ungreased baking sheets. Bake until set but not brown, 6-8 minutes. Cool on wire racks.
  3. Beat butter, confectioners' sugar, vanilla and enough milk to reach a spreading consistency. If desired, add food coloring to a portion or all of the frosting. Frost cookies. Yield: about 6-1/2 dozen.
Originally published as Butter Cookies in Taste of Home February/March 1997, p67

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Reviewed Oct. 27, 2014

"Stayed soft, great flavor. I also used 3C powdered sugar and 3T milk for icing."

Reviewed Oct. 27, 2014

"this is just i was looking for thank you."

Reviewed Sep. 24, 2014

"I literally just made this recipe and i have a few things to say. It was a pain in the butt. I used gluten free flour so it was a bit grainy but i adde an egg an its all good now. I would suggest 6minutes in the oven because inset my timer for 7 and a minute before it went off smoke was coming out of my oven and i was a little freaked out but they were just fine. For the frosting i already knew that recipe and u shouldnt put in so much sugar reduce it by a cup. And 3 tbs is enough for the milk. Other wise its great i just need to put the frosting on now! I would do this recipe again!"

Reviewed Apr. 30, 2011

"i love these cookies! i gotta admit that i thought they would be nasty but they turned out sooo good and they were super easy to make! it goes especially well with the frosting!"

Reviewed Oct. 15, 2010

"Consistently requested and appropriate for every occasion. Sooo rich but uber delicious and quite simply, in my opinion, the best iced cookies ever."

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