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, 0 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 2009 Released to WEB

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KScales User ID: 3262967 159741
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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tagepg1 User ID: 3467942 117710
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!"

Granmarie User ID: 3652683 210347
Reviewed Dec. 24, 2010

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

Murray1981 User ID: 5552494 163273
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."

lmarsten User ID: 3248208 142752
Reviewed Dec. 20, 2010

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

DianeWSeneca User ID: 4254961 176995
Reviewed Dec. 18, 2010

"From now on I will read the reviews before I try a new recipe. This is the worst Christmas cookie I ever made and tasted. It is like eating plain piecrust-Should have known when there was no sugar in the dough. The dough was difficult to handle, kept breaking and the bow was not easy to make. Threw out the whole recipe! The should be taken off the Christmas cookie list!"

marzdts User ID: 4364362 210346
Reviewed Dec. 15, 2010

"awful cookies... no taste whatsoever. I threw out remaining dough and cookies. My husband even spit them out. I hate to be so negative but these are not passable. Sorry"

babystitch User ID: 5062880 210345
Reviewed Dec. 14, 2010

"this baked and tasted like a pie crust. Are there steps and ingredients missing? Can't use these for what I intended and must find something else to make."

babystitch User ID: 5062880 110105
Reviewed Dec. 14, 2010

"This recipe almost seems like it is missing something. These do not have any sweet taste and there are no hints on how to make the bows"

SMQMC User ID: 1135775 178165
Reviewed Dec. 12, 2010

"I had to add a little more liquid to the recipe to make the dough more pliable to shape the bows. They are not sweet at all except for the sugar on top although I would call them "rich" because of the cream. Definitely a cookie for tea or coffee. Too much work for not enough flavor so I will not make again."

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