Homemade Butter Cookies are a classic that can really be made for any occasion and for any holiday! They are a simple, yet sophisticated cookie with a rich, buttery taste!
6 reasons to love this easy butter cookies recipe
- Easy to make
- They're soft on the inside with a little crispy outside
- Each bite gives you a nice crumble like a shortbread cookie
- Only 7 ingredients needed
- You can easily change out the cookie cutter for each holiday
- Perfect to add to your holiday cookie tins
I love the simplicity of this butter cookie and how good they taste! I hope you give them a try this holiday season!
the best cookies to add to your holiday baking tins
Besides these homemade butter cookies, here are a few more cookies that would be great for your holiday baking tins!
- Chocolate Thumbprint Cookies
- Holiday Jamboree Cookies
- Easy Holiday Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars
- Homemade Oreo Snowflake Cookies
how to make homemade butter cookies step-by-step
Below is a simple step-by-step overview of how to make these homemade buttery shortbread biscuits!
Whisk the dry ingredients. This includes the all-purpose flour, baking powder, and salt.
Mix together the wet ingredients. Use a hand mixer or stand mixer to blend the butter, granulated sugar, eggs, and vanilla extract together. Add the dry ingredients into the wet and blend completely.
Chill the dough. It needs a minimum of 1 hour in the refrigerator before moving on to the next step.
Roll out and stamp. Roll out the dough onto a lightly floured work surface. Then stamp out the snowflake shapes with the snowflake cookie stamp (or whatever shape you prefer). Be sure to read my 5 best tips below for using cookie cutters!
Chill the cookies. This can be done while you preheat the oven. You can place them in the freezer or refrigerator. Any little bit of keeping the dough chilled will help prevent your cookies from spreading during baking.
Bake. The recommended baking time is 8-10 minutes at 325ºF. After baking, allow the cookies to cool before enjoying them!
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5 tips for using cookie stamps
Cookie stamps and cookie cutters are an easy way to elevate the look of your cookies. Here are 5 simple tips for using them with this homemade butter cookies recipe.
- 1. Chill the dough. Just like with my chocolate thumbprint cookies, I like to chill the dough for at least 1 hour before rolling it out. I find it to be easier to work with when using the cookie 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 your work surface. Add a little flour to your work surface and rolling pin which will help roll out the cookie dough.
- 3. Keep it thick. Most cookie stamps work well when the dough is rolled out thick. Anywhere from ½" - ⅝" is ideal.
- 4. Lightly flour the cookie stamp. As your dough becomes warmer due to it being out at room temperature, it's helpful to have your cookie stamp lightly floured. It helps to release the cookie onto the baking mat.
- 5. Chill the dough....again. This time for only 15-20 minutes. It really helps to keep the details on the cookie stamp! While one set of cookies is baking, you can have another set in the refrigerator or freezer chilling.
can I freeze this cookie dough?
Yes, you can freeze butter cookie dough, but I suggest doing it after cutting out the cookies. Place them on a parchment paper or wax paper lined baking sheet that's tightly covered with plastic wrap.
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Homemade Butter CookiesAuthor:
- 4 cups All-Purpose Flour
- 1 teaspoon Baking Powder
- ½ teaspoon Salt
- 1 cup Unsalted Butter, room temperature
- 2 cups Granulated Sugar
- 2 Large Eggs, room temperature
- 2 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
- In a medium bowl, whisk together the all-purpose flour, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.
- In a separate bowl, using a hand mixer or stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, beat the unsalted butter and granulated sugar together on medium-high speed until nice and fluffy. Add in the eggs one at a time, then the vanilla extract.
- Switch the mixer speed to low and gradually add in the whisked dry mixture until it's well blended.
- Cover the dough tightly with plastic wrap and chill for a minimum of 1 hour (or overnight) in the refrigerator.
- Adjust the oven rack to the 2nd level mark (just above center) and preheat the oven to 325ºF. Line baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone mats and set aside.
- Roll out the dough (½″-⅝″ thickness) onto a clean, lightly floured work surface. Using a lightly floured cookie stamp, stamp out each cookie and place it on the parchment-lined baking sheet. For a well-defined cookie shape, chill the cookies in the refrigerator for 10-15 minutes before placing in the oven to bake.
- Bake the cookies for 8-10 minutes (my oven did well at 10 minutes) at 325ºF. Remove the cookies from oven and allow to cool on cookie sheet for about 5 minutes before transferring to a cooling rack.
- Store cooled cookies in an airtight container with a slice of bread.