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Butter Cookies Recipe

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Baking is one of my favorite pastimes. I enjoy baking cookies, cakes, breads, pies, muffins, cupcakes, and much more.

Bake While Watching A Baking Show

Butter cookies are super easy to make. I have no doubt that these cookies are perfect for the holiday and they also perfect for all year round. I decided to bake the cookies after watching a new season of The Great British Baking Off on Netflix. I never missed watching this show every season. One thing for sure, the baked goods look so delicious, and it makes me want to bake something in the oven while watching the show. I love fresh, homemade baked goods, don't you? By the way, the smell of baking cookies is marvelous; it makes my house smell amazing. These butter cookies are so delicious. I can't stop eating it after the first batch came out from the oven.

Tips for Making Butter Cookies

There are many types of butter you can find at the store. For example, grass-fed butter, cultured butter, European butter, and many others. I decided to use regular butter for this recipe. By the way, both butter and egg need to be at room temperature. They need to be taken out of the fridge for at least 2 hours. Since I've used regular unsalted butter, I simply add a teaspoon of salt to the dough to bring the creaminess in the butter. In terms of mixing the dough, you can either do it by hand or use a mixer. I decided to use a hand mixer to speed up the process. My guess is that the results would be the same, regardless of which method you use.

How to Shape the Cookies

To shape the cookies, you can use a cookie cutter or a piping bag. Honestly, there are no rules here—choose any shape you like. The butter cookies take about 10-12 minutes to bake. After the cookies come out of the oven, you will notice that they are softer in the middle, but set them out on a wire rack to cool completely. They will harden within a few minutes. Later, if you like, you can decorate the cookies by dipping them into the chocolate mixture or by just piping icing sugar on top.

How Long Butter Cookies Last?

Generally, all cookies need to be stored in an airtight container at room temperature to preserve the crispiness. It will last at least 2-3 weeks. If you don't want to bake all cookies at one time, wrap the dough in a cling wrap or put in a zipper-lock bag and store it in the freezer. Take out and thaw it before shaping and baking the cookies in the oven as usual.

Cook Time:

Prep Time: 25 minutes

Total Time: 50 to 60 minutes (including baking time)

Serves: 20 to 25 cookies (depends on the size you make)


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 sticks unsalted butter
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 large egg yolk
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon whole milk
  • Chocolate ganache for topping


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper (or grease the baking sheet).
  3. In a mixing bowl, combine the butter and sugar. Use a hand mixer to beat the ingredients until they are well combined.
  4. Add the egg yolk, vanilla extract, and salt into the butter mixture. Continue mixing until they are combined.
  5. Gradually add the flour into the wet mixture. Continue mixing at a lower speed, but do not over-mix. Pause to scrape the sides and bottom of the bowl to ensure all ingredients are well incorporated.
  6. Add a teaspoon of milk. Mix for another 30-60 seconds until dough comes together.
  7. Wrap the dough in plastic wrap and chill it in the fridge for 10 minutes before placing the dough into a cookie shaper or a piping bag.
  8. Pipe the cookies in the shape of your preference.
  9. Place the cookies onto the parchment-lined baking sheet.
  10. Bake for 10-12 minutes or until edges of cookies is turning golden brown.
  11. Transfer the cookies onto a wire rack to let cool completely.
  12. Dip the cooled butter cookies into the chocolate ganache for decoration.
  13. Allow the chocolate to harden before placing the cookies into the jar. (Or you can place the cookies in the fridge for 10 minutes to speed the process).
  14. Enjoy cookies with a glass of milk or your favorite drink.

© 2019 Liza


Liza (author) from USA on September 25, 2020:

Hi Peggy, the cookie press such a blessing to have! I had fun using it with a variety of cookies design. I love it very much. Maybe you should get one and try it for yourself :) Thanks for commenting!

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Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on September 24, 2020:

Your butter cookies sound delicious. I have never used a cookie press. Looking at your designs, I can see where one would come in handy. Thanks for your photos and step-by-step directions.

Liza (author) from USA on November 20, 2019:

Yes, they do. They are the perfect combination. Thanks for your lovely comment, Liz.

Liz Westwood from UK on November 20, 2019:

These look lovely. You include a very helpful baking tutorial. Biscuits with chocolate, what more do we need!

Liza (author) from USA on November 19, 2019:

Thank you, Linda. The cookies were so yummy. By the way, I love the cookie press so much. It has twenty cookie shapes options. I hope you will get one.

Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on November 19, 2019:

The cookies look lovely. I've never seen a cookie press before. I'm going to look for one. It sounds very useful.

Liza (author) from USA on November 19, 2019:

Hi Mary, thank you for your lovely comment. I bought the cookie press a long time ago, but never really used it. Usually, I use a cookie cutter or a knife to make a simple shape. I hope you will make some too :) Have a wonderful day!

Mary Wickison from USA on November 19, 2019:

Your cookies turned out beautifully. I was just speaking to my husband about making some a couple of days ago.

I don't have a cookie press but I love the way it makes them look.

I need to get around to making some, thanks for the recipe.

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