Butter Cookies Recipe

Butter cookies are just like sugar cookies.  This recipe takes your traditional sugar cookie, and makes it just a little bit better!
I have this thing for cookies. I can eat them after they’ve been baked, but I’m just as happy to eat them beforehand.

Salmonella? Doesn’t scare me.

At least, not when it comes to cookie dough. You don’t even want to see the gas mask and protective gear I wear when handling raw chicken. Or the way I go through an entire bottle of bleach to clean the counters after cooking with raw chicken.

Butter cookies are so pretty!

But cookie dough? Nah. Not scared.

This cookie dough is pretty much fabulous when it’s raw. In fact, go ahead and double the recipe so that you’ll have plenty for dough eating and plenty for baking.

These are my mama’s cookies and I shared the recipe a long time ago. Those cookies weren’t so pretty. My kids decorated them, you know.

I thought I’d try again with the pretty version my mama makes. These were Easter cookies, but they are good any time of year. I always use this recipe anytime I need a good sugar cookie.

I have some pretty good cooks in my family.  They have shared other recipes with me, like homemade biscuitssausage dressing, and coleslaw dressing.


Butter Cookies Recipe

Prep Time
45 mins
Cook Time
10 mins
Total Time
55 mins
Servings: 24 cookies
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: back to school, easy dessert recipes, kid-friendly recipes
Calories: 279 kcal

This cookie dough is pretty much fabulous when it's raw. In fact, go ahead and double the recipe so that you'll have plenty for dough eating and plenty for baking.


  • 1 pound butter softened
  • 1 1/2 cups white sugar
  • 4 large egg yolks
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 4 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp salt


  1. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Cream together butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add egg yolks and vanilla and mix well.
  3. Beat in the flour and salt.
  4. Wrap dough in plastic wrap and chill for 30 minutes in the refrigerator.
  5. Roll out dough between 1/4 and 1/2 inch and cut into shapes. Rechill dough as needed, if it gets too soft.
  6. Bake on parchment lined cookie sheets for 10 minutes or until very lightly browned on the bottom.
  7. Keep a close eye on these, because they are not nearly as tasty when they get too brown.
Nutrition Facts
Butter Cookies Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 279 Calories from Fat 144
% Daily Value*
Fat 16g25%
Saturated Fat 10g63%
Cholesterol 71mg24%
Sodium 185mg8%
Potassium 32mg1%
Carbohydrates 30g10%
Sugar 12g13%
Protein 3g6%
Vitamin A 515IU10%
Calcium 12mg1%
Iron 1.2mg7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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