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Butter Cookies Recipe

Butter Cookies are the perfect Christmas cookie recipe, but can be enjoyed any time of year. Whether you pipe them, scoop them, or slice and bake these cookies, they’re melt in your mouth delicious!

Soft butter cookies dipped in chocolate on a white plate with a black and white checked napkin in background.

Every year I have a huge list of holiday baking that I want to tackle starting on December 1st. 

Whether I’m making my favorite Chocolate Fudge, Sugar Cookies, English Toffee, or 7 Layer bars, I’m constantly in the kitchen. 

The hardest part about what I do for a living is that every year my list gets longer. I want to make those traditional cookies I grew up on, like Snowballs and Kolachky cookies, but I also have a list of new cookie recipes I want to create.

It’s a dilemma that leaves us with SO MANY desserts this time of year. Needless to say, everyone we know tends to get a platter of Christmas Candy and Christmas Cookies!

Today’s Butter Cookie recipe is one of my newest favorites. In the past I’ve always struggled making spritz cookies, but with this recipe, you just scoop and bake, like you would any other cookie recipe. And no need to chill the dough because they don’t spread!

You can also use a piping bag and large open tip if you prefer a little swirl to them, or chill the dough in a log shape and keep it refrigerated until you’re ready to slice and bake (like these Jingles cookies).

Regardless of HOW you make them, there’s one thing for sure, you WILL love them. They melt in your mouth like a buttery shortbread, but with a soft, chewy center and crisp edges. SO DELICIOUS.

How to Make Butter Cookies

 

Butter Cookies dipped in dark chocolate with holiday sprinkles on a wire cooling rack

STEP 1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silpat baking mat.

STEP 2. In a large mixing bowl, beat the softened butter and granulated sugar together until creamy. Add in the egg yolk, vanilla extract, almond extract, and salt. Mix until well combined.

Add in flour slowly until blended.

STEP 3. Use a small cookie scoop and drop about 1 Tbsp of cookie dough onto the baking sheet. You can also use a large piping bag and open star tip if you prefer.

PRO TIP: If piping cookies, and not scooping, add about 1-2 Tbsp of milk to slightly thin the dough out to make it workable in the piping bag. 

STEP 4. Bake cookies for 10-12 minutes, until the edges are lightly browned. Remove and cool completely on wire rack.

STEP 5. OPTIONAL. Dip in melted chocolate and/or white chocolate and add sprinkles! Set and enjoy.

Plate of butter cookies dipping in white chocolate and some dipped in dark chocolate with sprinkles. Parchment paper pan of cookies in background.

Can you freeze Butter Cookies

Absolutely yes! One reason I love butter cookies for the holidays is you can bake them and freeze them for up to one month (for best results). This is great for cookie parties and trays so you can work ahead of time.

When ready to enjoy, thaw overnight, then dip in melted chocolate and serve.

How to Store Butter Cookies

These soft and sweet butter cookies are best kept in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 5 days!

Metal baking sheet with parchment paper and butter cookies dipped in chocolate and white chocolate with sprinkles.

Tips for Perfect Butter Cookies

  • Start with unsalted butter. This allows you to control the amount of salt in the cookies. Make sure you soften the butter first!
  • If piping the cookies, use a large open star tip. And add about 1-2 Tbsp of milk to the cookie dough if planning on piping these cookies!
  • Use a good quality chocolate for dipping. I choose Ghirardelli dark chocolate melting wafers, and white chocolate melting wafers. Not only do they taste delicious, they also melt smooth and don’t need any shortening added. They set up in minutes!

Wire cooling rack with butter cookies dipped in dark chocolate and holiday sprinkles.

More Cookie Recipes

 

 

Yield: 24 cookies

Butter Cookies

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Total Time 17 minutes

Butter Cookies are the perfect Christmas cookie recipe, but can be enjoyed any time of year. Whether you pipe them, scoop them, or slice and bake these cookies, they're melt in your mouth delicious!

Ingredients

  • 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg yolk
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp almond extract
  • 1/4 tsp kosher salt
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup Ghirardelli dark chocolate melting wafers (or white chocolate wafers)
  • 1/2 cup sprinkles, optional

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silpat baking mat.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, beat the softened butter and granulated sugar together until creamy. Add in the egg yolk, vanilla extract, almond extract, and salt. Mix until well combined.
  3. Add in flour slowly until blended.
  4. Use a small cookie scoop and drop about 1 Tbsp of cookie dough onto the baking sheet. You can also use a large piping bag and open star tip if you prefer.
  5. PRO TIP: If piping cookies, and not scooping, add about 1-2 Tbsp of milk to slightly thin the dough out to make it workable in the piping bag. 
  6. Bake cookies for 10-12 minutes, until the edges are lightly browned. Remove and cool completely on wire rack.
  7. Dip in melted chocolate and/or white chocolate and add sprinkles! Set and enjoy.

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Nutrition Information:

Yield:

24

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 219 Total Fat: 13g Saturated Fat: 7g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 5g Cholesterol: 37mg Sodium: 37mg Carbohydrates: 24g Net Carbohydrates: 0g Fiber: 1g Sugar: 14g Sugar Alcohols: 0g Protein: 2g
*Nutrition facts are an estimate and not guaranteed to be accurate. Please see a registered dietitian for special diet advice.

Butter Cookies are the perfect Christmas cookie recipe, but can be enjoyed any time of year. Whether you pipe them, scoop them, or slice and bake these cookies, they’re melt in your mouth delicious!

Aimee

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Aimee is a dessert lover (specifically rice krispie treats), workout enthusiast, self-taught foodie, and recipe creator.

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Posted on December 18, 2019

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