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Homemade Butter Cookies

I’m back with yet another holiday cookie recipe for you—my homemade butter cookies! This classic cookie can really be made for any occasion and for any holiday. They’re simple, yet sophisticated and have a rich, buttery taste! Grab yourself a snowflake cookie stamp (or whatever stamp you prefer) and let’s get baking!

Homemade Butter Cookies | Up close shot of stack of butter cookies | Image Credit: Beyond the Butter, LLC
Homemade Butter Cookies—a simple, yet sophisticated cookie with a rich, buttery taste!

how to make homemade butter cookies

Homemade butter cookies are easy to make and the result is this nice buttery cookie that’s soft on the inside with a little crispy outside that crumbles a little like a shortbread! You’ll start by first whisking the flour, baking powder, and salt together in a separate bowl. Next you’ll mix together your wet ingredients. Slowly add in the dry mixture to the wet and blend completely. 

After chilling the dough for a minimum of 1 hour, roll it out onto a lightly floured surface and stamp out the cookies. Make sure to read my 5 tips on using cookie stamps below for the best results!

Speaking of stamps, because it’s almost Christmas time, I decided a snowflake cookie stamp would be fitting. Of course, you can always use a different stamp, a cookie cutter, a cookie press, or—if you have the hand strength—you can try to pipe them out! After chilling the cookies in the fridge, you’ll bake them for 8-10 minutes. Allow to cool before devouring them!

recommended cookie baking tools

Geometric Mini Cookie Cutters Set
Set of 6 Christmas Themed Mini Cookie Cutters
Pusheen Cookie Jar
Thumbprint Rectangle Cookie Cutter
Thumprint Circle Cookie Cutter
Nordic Ware Quarter Sheet Pan, 2-Pack
Silpat Non-Stick Silicone Baking Mat (Set of 2)
OXO Good Grips 11 Pound Stainless Steel Food Scale with Pull-Out Display
Sabatier 5154549 Triple Rivet Wide Turner, Black
Farberware Classic Wood Rolling Pin
Nordic Ware 43174 3 Piece Baker’s Delight Set, Aluminum
Nordic Ware Geo Cast Cookie Stamps
Wilton Master Decorating Tip Set, 55-Piece decorating tips, Cake Decorating Supplies
Wilton Color Right Performance Coloring System
Ateco 7803 Plain Edge Large Number Cutters (0-9), 3″ high, Stainless Steel, 10 Pc Set
Ateco 6950 Plain Edge Large Alphabet Cutters (A – Z), 3″ high, Stainless Steel, 26 Pc Set
Bob’s Red Mill Super Fine Almond Flour, 16 oz.
Ateco 5357 Plain Edge Round Cutters in Graduated Sizes, Stainless Steel, 11 Pc Set
Abeego Large Wraps (set of 2)
GIR Skinny Spatula
Williams Sonoma Thumbprint Cookie Stamp Set
OXO International Medium Cookie Scoop
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Anchor Hocking 10pc Glass Mixing Bowl Set
Joseph Joseph Shake-It Self-Tapping Sieve, Large
USA Large Cookie Sheet
The Smart Baker Half Sheet 13 x 18 inches Perfect Parchment Paper – Pre-Cut Parchment Paper Baking Sheets
Black & Decker MX3000W 250-Watt Hand Mixer
Cooling Rack Stainless Steel Half size – Commercial Grade Steel 11.5″ x 16.5″ | 1 Piece | Cooking Rack Designed To Fit Perfectly Into Baking Half Sheet Pan | Only From Indigo True Company
Fox Run 4254 Kitchen Timer with Magnet 55-Minute
Homemade Butter Cookies | Overhead shot of Homemade Butter Cookies stacked in cupcake liners | Image Credit: Beyond the Butter, LLC
Homemade Butter Cookies | Up close shot of stack of butter cookies | Image Credit: Beyond the Butter, LLC
A great cookie to pin and make for any holiday and occasion!

5 tips for using cookie stamps

  1. Just like with my chocolate thumbprint cookies, I like to chill the dough for at least 1 hour before rolling it out. I found it to be easier to work with when using the stamps. Alternatively, you can chill the dough overnight. If you choose this option, you may want to shape the dough into discs, like you would for pie crust, so it’s easier to roll out the next day. When ready to bake, bring the dough out to sit at room temperature for 30 minutes. 
  2. Lightly flour the surface and your rolling pin before rolling out the dough.
  3. Most cookie stamps work well when the dough is rolled out thick. Anywhere from 1/2″ – 5/8″ is ideal.
  4. Lightly flour the thumbprint cookie stamps which work much better with the dough.
  5. After stamping out the cookies, place on a parchment lined cookie sheet and place in the fridge or freezer for 10-15 minutes. While one set of cookies is baking, you can have another set in the fridge/freezer cooling. Doing this step, helps to keep the details of the cookie.
Homemade Butter Cookies | Overhead shot of Homemade Butter Cookies stacked in cupcake liners | Image Credit: Beyond the Butter, LLC
If you’re making these homemade butter cookies for a holiday party, bridal or baby shower, and depending on the size of the cookie stamp you use, you can put 4-5 of them into a cupcake liner for a nice presentation.

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Homemade Butter Cookies | Overhead shot of Homemade Butter Cookies stacked in cupcake liners | Image Credit: Beyond the Butter, LLC

Homemade Butter Cookies

  • Author: Jennifer
  • Prep Time: 1 hour, 15 minutes (includes 1 hour minimum chilling time)
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes (does not include cooling time)
  • Total Time: 1 hour, 25 minutes
  • Yield: 67 dozen cookies 1x
  • Category: Cookies
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: Dessert

Description

You can’t go wrong with making these Homemade Snowflake Butter Cookies! They’re a great classic treat for any holiday and any occasion! They’re simple, yet sophisticated and have a rich, buttery taste! Grab yourself a snowflake cookie stamp (or whatever you prefer to use) and let’s get baking!


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Ingredients


Instructions

  1. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.
  2. Using a hand-held mixer or stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, beat the butter and sugar together on medium- to medium-high speed until nice and fluffy. Add in the eggs one at a time and then the vanilla.
  3. Switch the mixer speed to low and gradually add in the dry mixture until it’s blended with the wet mixture.
  4. Cover the dough tightly with plastic wrap and chill for a minimum of 1 hour in the refrigerator. You can, alternatively, chill the dough overnight as well. If you choose this option, you may want to shape the dough into discs, like you would for pie crust, so it’s easier to roll out the next day. When ready to bake, bring the dough out to sit at room temperature for 30 minutes. 
  5. Adjust the oven rack to 2nd level position and pre-heat the oven to 325ºF. Line cookie sheets with parchment paper and set aside. 
  6. Roll out the dough (1/2″-5/8″ thickness) onto a floured surface. Using the lightly floured snowflake stamp, stamp out each cookie and place it on a parchment-lined cookie sheet. For a well-defined cookie shape, it’s recommended to chill the cookies in the refrigerator for 15-20 minutes before placing in the oven to bake.
  7. Once chilled, bake the cookies for 8-10 minutes (my oven did well at 10 minutes) at 325ºF. Remove from oven and allow to cool on cookie sheet for about 5 minutes before transferring to a cooling rack.
  8. Store cooled cookies in an airtight container with a slice of bread.

Notes

Butter Cookie recipe adapted from A Recipe Sampler by St. Andrew’s Evangelical Lutheran Church cookbook.

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Helpful Baking Tools

Geometric Mini Cookie Cutters Set
Set of 6 Christmas Themed Mini Cookie Cutters
Pusheen Cookie Jar
Thumbprint Rectangle Cookie Cutter
Thumprint Circle Cookie Cutter
Nordic Ware Quarter Sheet Pan, 2-Pack
Silpat Non-Stick Silicone Baking Mat (Set of 2)
OXO Good Grips 11 Pound Stainless Steel Food Scale with Pull-Out Display
Sabatier 5154549 Triple Rivet Wide Turner, Black
Farberware Classic Wood Rolling Pin
Nordic Ware 43174 3 Piece Baker’s Delight Set, Aluminum
Nordic Ware Geo Cast Cookie Stamps
Wilton Master Decorating Tip Set, 55-Piece decorating tips, Cake Decorating Supplies
Wilton Color Right Performance Coloring System
Ateco 7803 Plain Edge Large Number Cutters (0-9), 3″ high, Stainless Steel, 10 Pc Set
Ateco 6950 Plain Edge Large Alphabet Cutters (A – Z), 3″ high, Stainless Steel, 26 Pc Set
Bob’s Red Mill Super Fine Almond Flour, 16 oz.
Ateco 5357 Plain Edge Round Cutters in Graduated Sizes, Stainless Steel, 11 Pc Set
Abeego Large Wraps (set of 2)
GIR Skinny Spatula
Williams Sonoma Thumbprint Cookie Stamp Set
OXO International Medium Cookie Scoop
KitchenAid KSM150PSER Artisan Tilt-Head Stand Mixer with Pouring Shield, 5-Quart, Empire Red
Pouring Chute
Anchor Hocking 10pc Glass Mixing Bowl Set
Joseph Joseph Shake-It Self-Tapping Sieve, Large
USA Large Cookie Sheet
The Smart Baker Half Sheet 13 x 18 inches Perfect Parchment Paper – Pre-Cut Parchment Paper Baking Sheets
Black & Decker MX3000W 250-Watt Hand Mixer
Cooling Rack Stainless Steel Half size – Commercial Grade Steel 11.5″ x 16.5″ | 1 Piece | Cooking Rack Designed To Fit Perfectly Into Baking Half Sheet Pan | Only From Indigo True Company
Fox Run 4254 Kitchen Timer with Magnet 55-Minute

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