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Classic Butter Cookies I

Rated as 4.43 out of 5 Stars

"Great tasting buttery cookies with many options for baking."
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servings 37
Original recipe yields 96 servings (6 to 8 dozen)


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  1. Cream the butter in a large mixing bowl, gradually add the sugar and beat until light and fluffy. Beat in the egg and vanilla.
  2. Combine the flour, baking soda, cream of tartar and salt. Add the flour mixture to the creamed mixture.
  3. For all the types of cookie shapes preheat oven to 400 degrees F (205 degrees C) before baking. Bake all cookies on an ungreased cookie sheet.
  4. Shape the dough in one of the following ways: Roll out the chilled dough and cut with cookie cutters. Sprinkle with colored sugar if desired. Bake for 6 to 8 minutes.
  5. OR: Form dough into logs 2 inches in diameter and slice 1/8 inch thick when chilled. Sprinkle with chopped nuts, if desired, and bake for 7 to 9 minutes.
  6. OR: Shape into balls and bake. Balls may be rolled in sugar mixed with cinnamon if desired. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes.
  7. OR: Put unchilled dough into a cookie press and press into desired shapes chill shaped cookies before baking. Bake chilled cookies for 8 to 10 minutes.
  8. OR: Add 1 cup chopped walnuts and 1/2 cup flour to dough. Chill then shape into balls and bake for 8 to10 minutes. Roll still warm cookies in confectioners' sugar. Once cool sprinkle chilled cookies with more confectioners' sugar.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 37 calories; 2 4.4 0.4 7 34 Full nutrition

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I baked these cookies last night. I don’t have much patience with cut-out cookies, but I wanted to use mini cookie cutters and make something festive. This dough was so marvelous to work with. ...

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these cookies were not the texture i was looking for. i was going for a soft, rich, buttery cookie, but these were crispier and less cakey than i wanted. they also didn't have the rich flavor....

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I baked these cookies last night. I don’t have much patience with cut-out cookies, but I wanted to use mini cookie cutters and make something festive. This dough was so marvelous to work with. ...

I didn't have cream of tartar, so I omitted that and the baking soda and added instead 1-1/2 tspns of baking powder. These turned out great in my cookie press. My kids and I made green Christm...

I am 11 years old and I made these cookies without a problem. They were very good!

I've eaten just about all of the goodies in my home and I was desperately searching for something to tame the sweet beast in me and I choose this recipe. I did add an extra 1/4 cup of brown sug...

Cream the butter well, then add the eggs and vanilla. Sift the dry ingredients (we added only 1/2 cup extra flour) before mixing. Divide the dough into quarters and chill. Plan accordingly so...

i thought these were good, but the dough was very sticky. i added crushed walnuts to the dough and rolled them into balls and after baking rolled them in powdered sugar. they turned out great....

These were fantastic!! They taste wonderful and now there is no need to buy bakery butter cookies any more! I make the dough and roll into logs and save for later so all I have to do is slice ...

By far, the most delicious and versatile cookie I've made all season. Works best for me as a slice-n-bake, NOT a rolled type of cookie. This one goes in the recipe archives AND has been reques...

This recipe was the greatest of all cookies! If you are doing cut-out cookies, add 2 c. flour to original recipe. My entire family loves them and in about 10 minutes, all 40 are gone! Thank you ...