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Butter Cookies

This great butter cookie recipe is a favorite of my nephews, who love the creamy frosting. —Ruth Griggs, South Hill, Virginia
  • Total Time
    Prep: 25 min. Bake: 10 min./batch
  • Makes
    about 6-1/2 dozen

Ingredients

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

Directions

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Beat butter, confectioners' sugar, vanilla and enough milk to reach a spreading consistency. If desired, tint with food coloring. Decorate cookies as desired.

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  • Unless otherwise specified, Taste of Home recipes are tested with lightly salted butter. Unsalted, or sweet, butter is sometimes used to achieve a buttery flavor, such as in shortbread cookies or buttercream frosting. In these recipes, added salt would detract from the buttery taste desired.
  • Make these cookies work for any occasion by switching up the shape and getting creative with the frosting.
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  • Nutrition Facts
    1 cookie: 157 calories, 7g fat (4g saturated fat), 24mg cholesterol, 99mg sodium, 22g carbohydrate (15g sugars, 0 fiber), 1g protein.
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    • Beth
      Aug 9, 2019

      I really did love these cookies except it needs a bit of improvement. One of the other reviews said it was a bit dry I have to agree. I looked up how to fix it and I found that if I substituted to egg yolk for the whole egg it might give me the moistness I was looking for. I will have to try it and revise my review. I actually liked how they were not that sweet considering I did not do the icing. I put a dab of jam on each one of the cookies and sprinkled them with powdered sugar. I did use the cookie press. Baked for 7 mins. I did not see where you could post a photo or I would’ve posted mine.

    • Heidi
      Dec 29, 2017

      These taste just like the Santa cookies mom made 40 years ago. The best of the best. Thank you!!

    • mrs._white
      Nov 4, 2017

      Very tasty, but a bit dry. Not sure how to fix it.

    • redhen1970
      Feb 13, 2017

      Not too sweet and reminds me of when mom used to make butter cookies. Making for our family treat on Valentines day.

    • italianangel26
      Oct 27, 2014

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

    • lordhelp
      Oct 27, 2014

      this is just i was looking for thank you.

    • WaffleCat
      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!

    • patriroqt
      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!

    • Hayleigh
      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.

    • sljarvis
      Feb 21, 2010

      delicious .... I did not use a press ... I rolled into balls & flattened with a glass ....enjoyed by all.....