Easy Butter Cookies

Easy Butter Cookies

We took these cookies into work the other day. When we noticed the majority of these easy butter cookies disappeared before noon, we knew we had a success on our hands.  The butter cookies themselves are fairly light and delicate (yes, even with all that butter) – they’re similar to a shortbread cookie and go well with a hot cup of tea or coffee.

Easy Butter CookiesThe recipe could not be easier (read: we made these with our food processor, you can also use a stand mixer or your hands).  We piled everything into the processor and pulsed until we saw something similar to lumpy mashed potatoes.  Everything then came out of the mixer and was molded into a disk and wrapped with plastic wrap.  The dough is relatively easy to work with, but because of the butter content the dough can be slightly temperamental with temperature – if the dough is too cold, it will crack, if it is too hot, it will fall apart – as long as you keep that in mind, you should be able to accommodate pretty well.

Easy Butter CookiesFor these easy butter cookies, we rolled out the dough and used a cute cookie cutter, but you could very easily roll the dough into logs and just cut slices for round cookies (just like store-bought dough from the store).  For an added touch of cute we used of all things, a shot glass to indent a circle inside the cut cookie dough, then poked 4 holes with a wooden skewer to make the cookies look like buttons – an idea I had after seeing a Quite Like it Blog post a few months ago.

Easy Butter Cookies
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These easy butter cookies are very similar to a shortbread cookie. We added a fun button design to the cookies, but you could skip that or even make your own design/shapes.
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Yield: 45
You Will Need
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup unsalted cold butter, sliced
  • 1 egg
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp lemon zest
  • 1 tsp orange zest
  • 2 tsp vanilla bean paste (substitute: vanilla extract)
  • finishing sugar
  1. Add all ingredients into a food processor and pulse until the mixture looks like lumpy mashed potatoes. Remove the mixture onto a prepared large piece of plastic wrap and form the dough into a round disk, place into the fridge for 20 minutes.
  2. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Next, lightly flour a clean surface, remove the dough from the fridge and cut the disk in half, keep one half on the floured surface and place the other into the fridge. Form the dough back into a round disk and roll out to an even 1/3-inch thickness. Use a cookie cutter to cut out the desired shape (if making button cookies, this should be round). NOTE: Instead of rolling the dough out, you can form the dough into a log then slice the dough into 1/3 inch-thick rounds).
  3. Place the cookies onto a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. If adding the button design, use a round glass/cookie cutter that is smaller in diameter than the cut out cookie and lightly press to make an indent in each cookie (do not go completely through the dough) then take a wooden skewer to make 4 holes in the middle of the cookie. Sprinkle some finishing sugar over each cookie then bake in the oven for about 9 to 12 minutes or until lightly browned. Remove the cookies from the oven and cool on a cooling rack. Repeat with the remaining half of dough or store in the fridge completely covered in plastic wrap for up to 2-weeks.
Notes and Tips
Adapted from "Cooking," written by Peterson

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  • Carina April 21, 2013, 6:52 pm

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  • Anup November 13, 2010, 12:18 pm

    The cookies tasted delicious!
    It was my first time and I was a bit nervous about the outcome. But, all my fears vanished when I took the first bite! The first batch turned out to be a bit thick and some cookies cracked. Also, I made a mistake with the oven temperature. I didn’t pay attention that 350 degrees is Fahrenheit and not Celsius! Thankfully, I was attentive and when I saw that the cookies were about to burn I took then out and reduced the temp. The second batch went good. I can now treat my friends with a cookie during the break time at the office. Thanks for posting the recipe!

  • Sarah@buttered-up.com August 25, 2010, 3:06 pm

    These look amazing. I got so excited when I saw the picture of them on Foodgawker. How lame am I. Haha. Anyway, love what you’ve done here. Cheers. 🙂

    • inspiredtaste August 26, 2010, 8:17 am

      Thanks Sarah! They are pretty delicious, but delicate

  • devchonka July 31, 2010, 6:24 pm

    So I tried making them and it turned out way too buttery. They were good, but the form didn’t hold – they melted into each other as soon as I’ve put them in the oven because they had so much butter. You sure the amount of butter you have in the recipe is correct?

    • inspiredtaste August 2, 2010, 8:01 am

      Devchonka, we are so sorry to see that the cookies did not work for you! To make sure, we did double check our recipe and the ingredients and measurements that worked for us are correctly written in the post.

      Our only thought is that your cookie dough was not cold enough before baking, since these cookies are made from so much butter, they really need to be kept cool while working with them before baking.

      Again, so sorry they did not work out 🙁 Thanks for letting us know about your experience, we really appreciate it!

  • Emma July 8, 2010, 12:51 pm

    I think you forgot the egg in the ingredientslist!


    • inspiredtaste August 2, 2010, 11:32 am

      Emma – You are right, so sorry about that! The recipe takes 1 egg 🙂

  • Erica Roszell July 3, 2010, 9:31 pm

    You are so creative and adorable! I LOVE these cookies and I cannot wait to make them!

    • inspiredtaste July 5, 2010, 2:02 pm

      Thank you Erica 🙂

  • Novelyn June 23, 2010, 2:49 am

    Am going to try baking this later 🙂

    Hmm, jst trying my luck: Could you do a recipe on Vanilla/Chocolate macaroons next? Looked around on the net but can’t seem to find a perfect / reliable one! :/

    • inspiredtaste June 23, 2010, 8:39 am

      Novelyn, we hope you enjoy them … they really are delicious. As far as the vanilla/chocolate macaroons … it might be a while, we love sweets, but would have to give them a few trys before we felt comfortable putting them up here … we suggest you get some advice from some of our absolutely favorite bloggers with a sweet tooth – try Tartelette (amazing), 17 and Baking (adorable and so talented) and My Baking Addiction (so sweet, no pun intended)

      We hope that helps a bit 🙂

  • Michelle June 23, 2010, 12:56 am

    I love these! They are so cute. Beautiful pics!

  • delicieux June 23, 2010, 12:02 am

    These look so cute and yet so delicious.

  • Wendi June 22, 2010, 8:44 pm

    Absolutely freaking adorable.

    • inspiredtaste June 23, 2010, 8:29 am

      Wendi – Aren’t they … and so easy to do … perfect for a bridal/baby shower maybe?


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