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Butter Cookies Recipe

Updated on April 4, 2013

Easy Butter Cookies Recipe

This is an easy butter cookies recipe. My grandmother called them butter sugar flour cookies because those are the only three ingredients necessary to make these buttery cookies. This an extremely easy, yet tasty cookie to make. Here you will find a simple butter cookies recipe, as well as the history of the butter sugar flour cookie.

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Butter Sugar Flour Cookies History

Learn more about homemade sugar cookies

The very basic butter sugar flour cookie is also known as shortbread cookies, butter cookies, or old fashioned homemade sugar cookies. This cookie is commonly made with one part sugar, two parts butter, and three parts flour.

The shortbread cookie originated in Scottland in the 1100's. The "term" short means crumbly, and thus refers to this buttery cookie's texture. The bakers chose to call this cookie "bread" rather than "buscuit" (or cookie) to avoid paying a government tax that was in place at the time for biscuits.

Shortbread cookies are typically white with maybe a slight golden tinge. It is cooked at a low temperature to avoid browning.


  • 1 cup room temperature butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 cups flour
  • * 1/2 tsp vanilla (optional)


  1. Preheat your oven to 350F. Cream the butter and sugar together. Slowly stir in flour. Add vanilla (if desired) last. Blend well. Grease a cookie sheet. Scoop the dough out by the spoonful (about 3/4 Tablespoon). Roll into balls and then press into disks onto the cookie sheet. Bake about 10 minutes, or until the edges just start to turn golden.
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      RuthieDenise 4 years ago

      I have my mom's recipe and it is so delicious. It brings back memories,

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      omg love it