Buttery Bow Cookies Recipe
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Buttery Bow Cookies Recipe

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My aunt shared this recipe with me many years ago. Family and friends look for these tasty edible bows on my cookie trays each Christmas.—Diana Mangelsen, Frederic, Wisconsin
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 1 hour + chilling Bake: 10 min./batch
MAKES:72 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 1 hour + chilling Bake: 10 min./batch
MAKES: 72 servings


  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup cold butter, cubed
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 3 tablespoons butter, melted
  • Red and green colored sugar

Nutritional Facts

1 cookie: 59 calories, 4g fat (2g saturated fat), 13mg cholesterol, 37mg sodium, 6g carbohydrate (2g sugars, trace fiber), 1g protein


  1. In a large bowl, combine the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt; cut in butter until crumbly. Combine egg and cream; gradually beat into crumb mixture until a ball forms. Cover and refrigerate for 30 minutes or until easy to handle.
  2. Divide dough into three portions. On a lightly floured surface, roll each portion into an 8-in. x 6-in. rectangle. Brush with melted butter; sprinkle with colored sugar. Cut into 8-in.-long x 1/4-in.-wide strips. Place 2 in. apart on ungreased baking sheets; form into bows.
  3. Bake at 350° for 10-12 minutes or until bottoms are lightly browned. Cool for 1 minute before carefully removing from pans to wire racks to cool completely. Yield: 6 dozen.
Originally published as Buttery Bow Cookies in Taste of Home Christmas Annual

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Reviewed Feb. 18, 2011

"The test kitchen has reviewed and retested this recipe to make the cookies sweeter. We added 1 cup of confectioners' sugar to the flour mixture and feel people will be pleased with the result. The correction will be made here soon.

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Reviewed Jan. 16, 2011

"These cookies are terrible!!! With no sugar in the dough they aren't sweet at all! I wouldn't recommend this to anybody!"

Reviewed Dec. 24, 2010

"Looks pretty, but extremely bland. Definitely will not waste butter, egg and whipping cream again."

Reviewed Dec. 21, 2010

"I wish I could gie a negative star rating. Terrible cookies. No sugar in the dough! That was the problem. My husband advised me to throw them in the trash. What a waste."

Reviewed Dec. 20, 2010

"wish I had read reviews before I wasted 1 cup of butter!"

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