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The Best Ever Butter Cookies

Updated on February 5, 2015
The Best Ever Butter Cookies
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I have always LOVED butter cookies. I always had at least one box of the grocery store specials on my counter top during all special occasions, even if that just meant I was feeling good that day.

In my opinion, these are the absolute best cookies that have ever been created in the history of the Earth. Just recently I had these delicious cookies home-baked by a great friend of ours at at barbeque they threw for everyone.

Once again, they were amazing, and she had a recipe to share! You know I took it home and immediately had some amazing homemade butter cookies. It would have been a shame not to share this incredible recipe with you.

I have altered it a bit, per my preferences, like always, but they still came out amazing! I hope you enjoy them too!

My husband absolutely loves having fresh baked cookies ready for him when he gets home as often as I'm willing to make them. This is one of the recipes I'm asked to repeat over and over again!

3 stars from 493 ratings of The Best Ever Butter Cookies

Cook Time

Prep time: 20 min
Cook time: 20 min
Ready in: 40 min
Yields: 5 to 6 dozen cookies depending on size


  • 1 cup butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • pinch salt


  1. First things first. In a large bowl, cream your 1 cup of butter and 1 cup of sugar together, with a hand mixer, until smooth.
  2. Then add your vanilla and stir in well.
  3. In a separate medium bowl, sift together your dry ingredients (flour, salt, and baking powder).
  4. Pour your dry ingredients into your wet ingredients, and mix both into each other well, until you have a dough type consistency.
  5. Cover your bowl with saran wrap and refrigerate for about 1 hour in the refrigerator.
  6. In the meantime, preheat your over to 300 degrees F. Cover several cookie sheets in aluminum foil and spray all lightly with cooking spray to keep your cookies from sticking.
  7. When your cookie dough has chilled for an hour, remove it from the refrigerator and shape them into small 1/2" to 3/4" balls.
  8. Place each ball about an 1 1/2" apart on the cookie sheet.
  9. I suggested several cookie sheets to be prepared so that you can be preparing one while two are in the oven. If you have more cookies to bake, you can simply wait for the other two to cool before adding more cookie dough balls.
  10. Bake your cookies for about 20 minutes until just before they are golden brown on top. You don't want them in there long enough to fully brown.
  11. Allow to cool and then enjoy! Yummy! Yummy!

Nutritional Information

Nutrition Facts
Serving size: 2 cookies
Calories 103
Calories from Fat45
% Daily Value *
Fat 5 g8%
Carbohydrates 13 g4%
Fiber 1 g4%
Protein 0 g
Cholesterol 19 mg6%
Sodium 55 mg2%
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.
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This is such an easy and delicious recipe to make. There's no reason that everyone shouldn't have a fresh baked round of butter cookies at home, available at all times.

Warning: These are extremely addictive. Once you make them that first time, you won't want to be without them again. I found myself sitting at my computer thinking about nothing but butter cookies for days on end, until I got up and made some more.

These are definitely not for the faint at heart, or those with a serious sugar tooth. You're likely to gain 10 pounds or so by the end of this!

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      Disappointed baker! 9 months ago

      To many discrepancies with this recipe. Soda or powder? Also pic of cookie you didn't make? Clearly pic was piped with star tip, your instructions said roll into balls??

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      Noelle Frislid 22 months ago

      Salted Butter or non-salted butter?

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      Kristen Howe 23 months ago from Northeast Ohio

      Victoria, this looks delicious to make and scrumptious to eat. I haven't had sugar cookies in a long time. I hope to try to make this sometime in the ner future.

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      Victoria Van Ness 2 years ago from Prescott Valley

      I actually did include the baking temperature (300 degrees), it's just lower down in the recipe. :) I used baking powder to make mine and they turned out scrumptious. If you'd rather use an egg to replace the baking powder, they should still turn out for you.

      You can dip them in anything you'd like. I borrowed the picture from another website (see link above), but it is simply white chocolate and sprinkles. Melted chocolate chips makes for yummy dipping sauce for butter cookies as well. Have fun!

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      barb 2 years ago

      what did you dip them in? i don't see the ingredients for that in the recipe. also, did you check to see if it is soda or powder?

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      peachy 2 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      I love butter cookies but sometimes mine rurn out tasteless

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      Anika Diaries 2 years ago

      I absolutely love butter cookies.. Will definitely try this recipe at home..

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      Be be 2 years ago

      what is the baking temperature?

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      Victoria Van Ness 3 years ago from Prescott Valley

      I'm not sure. I'll have to check and fix it in the recipe. Lol So sorry. Mine never go hard and are still soft after a week or so.

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      Tiffany 3 years ago

      Made these the other day, (please also know I went to culinary school (: ) and while they TASTED delicious, they went rock hard because in your ingredient list you have baking powder (which I used) and then in your instructions it says baking soda. Cookies can use either but since they went hard I think it was supposed to be soda, lol. What do you use??

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      Victoria Van Ness 4 years ago from Prescott Valley

      I'm so glad you liked it! I wish I had a better picture. I don't typically dip mine and it takes a special instrument to make that shape. Lol

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      Dil Vil 4 years ago from India

      Yummy! the pic is looking delicious. Thanks for the recipe. VOTED UP...