Butter Cookie Recipe

Butter cookies are the simplest most basic cookies to do; the ingredients and preparation are a foundation to many other wonderful cookie recipes. Hence butter cookies are the godfathers of cookies!

Preparation Time

  • 45 mins

Cook Time

  • 5 mins


  • Mixing bowl
  • Cookie sheet
  • Plastic wrap
  • Cookie cutters


  • 2 1/2 cups flour
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 egg
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Combine butter and sugar to a creamy mixture.
  3. Add egg and vanilla, stir into creamy mixture thoroughly.
  4. Add flour to mixture until dough is formed.
  5. Place dough in plastic wrap and refrigerate for 45 minutes.
  6. Sprinkle rolling surface with flour. Remove dough from refrigerator and roll out to ¼” thick.
  7. Cut dough into desired shape using cookie cutter and place the pieces onto an ungreased cookie sheet.
  8. Bake for 5 minutes or until cookies are lightly brown.
  9. Remove from oven and allow cookies to cool.

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