Frosted Butter Cookies

Total Time

Prep: 30 min. Bake: 10 min./batch


4-1/2 dozen

Updated: Sep. 23, 2022
"These cookies melt in your mouth...even when they're not frosted," writes Sharon Pickerd from her home in Sparta, Michigan. "The recipe was handed down years ago from a cousin who tasted the golden treats at a children's fund-raiser."


  • 2 cups butter, softened
  • 1-3/4 cups sugar
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • Prepared vanilla frosting
  • Food coloring and decorating sprinkles, optional


  1. In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in egg yolk. Gradually add flour and mix well.
  2. Roll into 1-in. balls. Place 2 in. apart on ungreased baking sheets. Flatten with a glass dipped in flour.Bake at 375° for 8-10 minutes or until lightly browned. Remove to wire racks to cool.
  3. Tint frosting with food coloring if desired. Frost cookies. Decorate as desired.