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!


  • 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • ¾ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg yolk
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp almond extract
  • ¼ tsp kosher salt
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup Ghirardelli dark chocolate melting wafers (or white chocolate wafers)
  • ½ cup sprinkles, optional


  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.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 219Total Fat: 13gSaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 37mgSodium: 37mgCarbohydrates: 24gFiber: 1gSugar: 14gProtein: 2g

*Nutrition facts are an estimate and not guaranteed to be accurate. Please see a registered dietitian for special diet advice.

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