Butter Cookies

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Butter Cookies are a classic holiday cookie that are so soft, sweet, and buttery they practically melt in your mouth, ready in under 20 minutes!

We know that cookies are one of the most important holiday traditions around, and this Christmas we’re baking my Award Winning Gingerbread CookiesChocolate Chip Cookies and Peanut Butter Blossoms.

Butter Cookies with SprinklesBUTTER COOKIES

Butter Cookies are soft and buttery, and are a MUST in my house when the holidays come around. These are really kid-friendly because they are the PERFECT cookies to cut into fun holiday shapes with a cookie cutter or cookie press. Plus you can make them weeks ahead of time and freeze, so you’ll have one less thing to do when the holidays come around. This is also a great recipe to make and place in decorative tins to give away as gifts for the holidays!

You might also know these as Danish Butter Cookies, and they taste really similar to shortbread cookies. The difference here is that Butter Cookies are slightly less crumbly, and a bit sweeter. Personally, I prefer to make Butter Cookies for dessert over shortbread because of the flavor and texture.

ARE SHORTBREAD COOKIES AND BUTTER COOKIES THE SAME?

These two cookies are really close, but have a few key differences. Shortbread cookies typically have more butter, while a Butter Cookie recipe uses more all-purpose flour and sugar. The result is Butter Cookies are more sturdy and hold up better to things like cookie cutters or a cookie press, while shortbread tends to be more crumbly. However, the typical Christmas cookie is usually a sugar cookie.

HOW DO YOU MAKE BUTTER COOKIES?

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees and in a stand mixer cream the butter and sugar together until light and fluffy.
  • Add in the egg, then the vanilla until well incorporated before adding in the flour and salt until just combined.
  • Put into a cookie press or form balls pressed slightly flat with the bottom of a glass before baking for 8-10 minutes.

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CAN I USE SALTED BUTTER FOR COOKIES?

I prefer to use unsalted butter because it lets me adjust the flavor of the dough to how I like it. You can use salted butter in this Butter Cookie recipe, but keep in mind that the flavor may end up more salty than desired. Also, the level of saltiness can vary by brand of butter. If you do use salted butter, omit the salt in the recipe, or it will be too much.

HOW DOES THE TEMPERATURE OF BUTTER AFFECT COOKIES?

You want your butter to be softened for this cookie recipe, which basically means room temperature. If your butter is too cold or too warm or melted, the cookies will spread and flatten too much and become crispy. You want to hit that sweet spot right in the middle.

HOW DO YOU MAKE EGGLESS BUTTER COOKIES?

There are a few ingredients you can use to substitute eggs in a cookie recipe. You can try adding half a mashed banana per egg, 1/4 of a cup of applesauce per egg, or one tablespoon of corn starch plus two tablespoons of water per egg. Use more or less vanilla extract to adjust the flavor of your cookie.

TIPS FOR MAKING BUTTER COOKIES

  • If your dough gets too sticky, try dusting your hands and your working surface with all purpose flour. If you think the dough is getting too warm, try refrigerating the dough for 20-30 minutes before working with it again.
  • Be careful not to over mix your cookies, or they may end up too dry. Stop when the dough is just combined.
  • Make sure you cream your butter and sugar together before adding anything else, or your dough may not turn out smooth.
  • If your cookies spread too much, place on a baking sheet and refrigerate for 20 minutes before baking to help the butter firm up.
  • Top with powdered sugar, buttercream frosting, royal icing, or sprinkles.
  • Line your cookie sheet with a piece of parchment paper to prevent the cookie dough from sticking and to make cleanup easier.

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5 from 4 votes
  • Yield: 24 servings
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Course: Dessert
  • Cuisine: American
  • Author: Sabrina Snyder

Butter Cookies are are a classic holiday cookie that are so soft, sweet, and buttery they practically melt in your mouth, ready in under 20 minutes!

Ingredients

  • 1 cup unsalted butter , softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 2 1/8 cups flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Instructions

Note: click on times in the instructions to start a kitchen timer while cooking.

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and in a stand mixer cream the butter and sugar together until light and fluffy (about 2-3 minutes).

  2. Add in the egg, then the vanilla until well incorporated before adding in the flour and salt until just combined.
  3. Put into a cookie press or form balls pressed slightly flat with the bottom of a glass before baking for 8-10 minutes.

Recipe Notes

Note: click on times in the instructions to start a kitchen timer while cooking.

Nutrition Information

Yield: 24 servings, Amount per serving: 143 calories, Calories: 143g, Carbohydrates: 16g, Protein: 1g, Fat: 7g, Saturated Fat: 4g, Cholesterol: 27mg, Sodium: 28mg, Potassium: 16mg, Sugar: 8g, Vitamin A: 245g, Calcium: 5g, Iron: 0.5g

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Sabrina Snyder

Sabrina is a professionally trained Private Chef of over 10 years with ServSafe Manager certification in food safety. She creates all the recipes here on Dinner, then Dessert, fueled in no small part by her love for bacon.

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