Old Fashioned Butter Cookies with Butter Frosting


These are cookies my mother has been making since I was a little girl. They are melt-in-your-mouth delicious!

Prep Time:
45 mins
Cook Time:
10 mins
Additional Time:
2 hrs 5 mins
Total Time:
3 hrs
6 dozen cookies



  • 1 cup butter, softened

  • ¾ cup white sugar

  • 1 egg

  • 2 tablespoons whole milk

  • 1 ½ teaspoons vanilla extract

  • 3 cups all-purpose flour

  • 1 teaspoon baking powder

  • ½ teaspoon salt


  • 1 cup butter, softened

  • 9 cups powdered sugar, divided, or more as needed

  • 1 ½ tablespoons vanilla extract

  • 9 tablespoons evaporated milk, or more as needed


  1. Prepare cookies: Beat butter and white sugar in a large bowl until creamy. Beat in egg, milk, and vanilla until smooth.

  2. Whisk flour, baking powder, and salt in a separate bowl. Gradually stir dry ingredients into wet ingredients to make a smooth dough. Chill dough in refrigerator for 2 to 3 hours.

  3. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Dust a pastry cloth or kitchen towel generously with flour.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. While cookies are cooling, prepare frosting: Beat 3 cups powdered sugar, butter, 9 teaspoons evaporated milk, and vanilla in a bowl until smooth. Gradually stir in remaining 6 cups powdered sugar into mixture until combined. Continue to beat on high speed until frosting is fluffy; stir in additional evaporated milk or confectioners' sugar if needed to reach desired consistency.

  7. Frost cooled cookies.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

136 Calories
5g Fat
21g Carbs
1g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 72
Calories 136
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 5g 7%
Saturated Fat 3g 17%
Cholesterol 17mg 6%
Sodium 63mg 3%
Total Carbohydrate 21g 8%
Dietary Fiber 0g 0%
Total Sugars 17g
Protein 1g
Calcium 12mg 1%
Iron 0mg 2%
Potassium 15mg 0%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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