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Glazed Butter Cookies

These rich buttery cutout cookies are pretty enough to star on any holiday buffet. They taste as good as they look, too!
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. + chilling Bake: 10 min./batch + cooling
  • Makes
    about 3 dozen


  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 3/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1-3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • GLAZE:
  • 1 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons milk
  • Red, green and yellow liquid or paste food coloring


  • In a small bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in egg and vanilla. Combine dry ingredients; gradually add to the creamed mixture. Cover and chill for 1 hour or until easy to handle.
  • On a lightly floured surface, roll out to 1/8-in. thickness. Cut with 2-1/2-in. cookie cutters. Place 1 in. apart on ungreased baking sheets. Bake at 350° for 8-10 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool on wire racks.
  • In a small bowl, combine confectioners' sugar and milk until smooth. Stir in food coloring. Lightly spread over cooled cookies. Let stand until set.
Nutrition Facts
2 each: 152 calories, 5g fat (3g saturated fat), 26mg cholesterol, 100mg sodium, 24g carbohydrate (15g sugars, 0 fiber), 2g protein.
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  • BBC2075
    Jun 10, 2020

    We LOVE this recipe taste great, stay fresh quite awhile and glaze works great. Great for holidays and for gifts.

  • slmacbeth
    Jan 23, 2018

    This recipe did not work for me at all. I followed all the directions, but they turned out as hard as rocks. I had to throw them away.

  • denarowe
    Dec 5, 2012

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  • kathiandjay
    Feb 9, 2011

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  • cheezhed68
    Feb 11, 2010

    We make these at Christmas, Valentine's Day and St. Patrick's Day. They are fabulous!

  • haylady
    Feb 10, 2010

    This makes "THE BEST" cookies!!! I make it for all the holidays, and even birthdays. My children's teacher also loves them. She would ask me to make her miniture ones for Easter. This recipe is loved by everyone that gets a taste. It's a tradition in our family. P. W. Magnolia, KY

  • peggysue43
    Nov 30, 2005

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