Freezer Butter Cookies


Make a double or triple batch of these heavenly cookies. Roll the dough into logs, freeze, and delicious warm cookies are always only minutes away any time you or the kids want them.

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
50 mins
Additional Time:
3 hrs
Total Time:
4 hrs 5 mins
5 dozen


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • ½ teaspoon baking soda

  • ½ teaspoon cream of tartar

  • ½ cup butter, softened

  • ½ cup shortening

  • ½ cup white sugar

  • 1 egg

  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract

  • ¼ cup colored candy sprinkles


  1. Blend flour, salt, baking soda, and cream of tartar in a medium bowl. Combine butter, shortening, and sugar in a large bowl; beat with an electric mixer until smooth. Mix in egg and vanilla. Slowly add flour mixture to the sugar blend.

  2. Divide dough in 1/2 and form into two 2-inch diameter logs. Shake the candy sprinkles evenly over a sheet of waxed paper. Roll the dough logs over the sprinkles, making sure the sprinkles adhere to the sides. Wrap the logs in waxed paper and refrigerate for 3 hours.

  3. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.

  4. Remove 1 dough log from the refrigerator. Unwrap and place on a flat surface. Slice dough into 1/2-inch rounds and place on prepared cookie sheets. Rewrap and return any unused dough to the refrigerator; only slice it just as you are ready to place it on a cookie sheet.

  5. Bake in the preheated oven until the bottoms start to brown, 10 to 12 minutes. Cool on the cookie sheets for 1 minute before removing to a wire rack to cool completely. Repeat with remaining dough.

Cook's Notes:

You can use colored sugar in place of colored sprinkles, if you'd like.

To freeze dough for later baking, add a layer of foil to the waxed paper-wrapped log. To bake, place log in the refrigerator to thaw, about 8 hours, then slice and bake as directed.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

56 Calories
4g Fat
6g Carbs
1g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 60
Calories 56
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 4g 4%
Saturated Fat 1g 7%
Cholesterol 7mg 2%
Sodium 42mg 2%
Total Carbohydrate 6g 2%
Dietary Fiber 0g 0%
Total Sugars 2g
Protein 1g
Calcium 2mg 0%
Iron 0mg 1%
Potassium 13mg 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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