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Old Fashioned Butter Cookies with Butter Frosting

Rated as 4.67 out of 5 Stars

"These are cookies my mother has been making since I was a little girl. They are melt-in-your-mouth delicious!"
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3 h 5 m servings 136
Original recipe yields 72 servings (6 dozen cookies)


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  1. Beat 1 cup softened butter with white sugar in a large bowl until creamy. Beat egg, whole milk, and 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract into butter mixture until smooth. Whisk flour, baking powder, and salt in a separate bowl and gradually stir dry ingredients into moist ingredients to make a smooth dough. Chill dough in refrigerator for 2 to 3 hours.
  2. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Dust a pastry cloth or kitchen towel generously with flour.
  3. Divide dough into thirds and roll each third out 1/8-inch thick on the prepared pastry cloth. Cut shapes out of the rolled dough with cookie cutters. Place cookies onto ungreased baking sheets.
  4. Bake in the preheated oven until cookies are barely browned, 5 to 8 minutes. Let cookies cool on baking sheets for 5 minutes before removing to finish cooling on a wire rack.
  5. Beat 1 cup softened butter, 3 cups confectioners' sugar, 1 1/2 tablespoons vanilla extract, and evaporated milk in a bowl until smooth. Gradually stir 6 cups confectioners' sugar into mixture until combined. Beat frosting hard until fluffy; stir in additional evaporated milk or confectioners' sugar if needed to reach desired consistency. Frost cooled cookies.


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  • Reynolds® parchment can be used for easier cleanup/removal from the pan.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 136 calories; 5.4 21.3 0.8 17 63 Full nutrition

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I submitted this over a year ago, so just a little update: I doubled the cookie recipe and I think I tripled the frosting recipe because I typically make a ton of them at the holidays and I dye ...

These are true "old-fashioned" cookies. If you are used to something that tastes like those sweet, soft, sugary (hydrogenated, processed) decorated cookies they sell in the bakery section of you...

we loved this recipe. i made my cookies 1/4" thick by 4" across; they baked for about 7 minutes. the frosting is grand. i used my food processor to make the frosting and since the dough yielded ...

Great cut-out cookies. I used "Sugar Cookie Icing" because I wanted a smooth frosting for Christmas cookies, but I'm looking forward to trying them with the frosting recipe.

Love this with a few changes. I rolled them half as thin so ultra thin and crisp, used small star and tree cutters, I used Buttered Rum EggNog instead of Whole Milk, and added 1/4 t of ground c...

I used sour cream yummmmmm!

Easy and delicious! We rolled the dough into balls and flattened with the bottom of a cup. Then we decorated with colored sugar! Easy peasy and super yummy.

Everybody liked the cookies. This is my new favorite sugar cookie recipe now! I didn't make all. that. frosting! hahaha! Thanks for the recipe!

Love it. Looked a little dry but rolled our beautifully. Made perfect ships and castles.