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Butter Cookies Recipe

Butter Cookies Recipe

These cookies are favorites of my nephews, who love the creamy frosting. —Ruth Griggs, South Hill, Virginia
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Bake: 10 min./batch YIELD: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, tint with food coloring. Decorate cookies as desired. Yield: about 6-1/2 dozen.

Nutritional 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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redhen1970 User ID: 4031186 261239
Reviewed 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 User ID: 1763129 38739
Reviewed Oct. 27, 2014

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

lordhelp User ID: 7969141 43247
Reviewed Oct. 27, 2014

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

WaffleCat User ID: 7949479 37538
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!"

patriroqt User ID: 5833626 41132
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!"

Hayleigh User ID: 2558344 15955
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."

sljarvis User ID: 2548096 41033
Reviewed Feb. 21, 2010

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

needsomezzzs User ID: 4392298 201893
Reviewed Dec. 26, 2009

"great cookies to ice with kids and they taste great!"

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