Grandma Bertha’s Best Butter Cookies Recipe is a family favorite. These cookies are a sweet snack for the kids & delicious with coffee or tea! This classic butter cookie recipe is simple to make with minimal ingredients and are certain showstoppers! This post has been updated from 7/28/17 to improve reader experience.
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What is your favorite cookie? I have some wonderful cookies on the blog – chocolate moon pies, Persimmon Cookies, and 4 ingredient peanut butter cookies. I also have tasty treats like Blueberry Parfait and Great Grandma Darnell’s Blueberry Cobbler! Lots of tasty family recipes I’m proud to share!
Today I have one more sweet treat. This one is Dan’s Grandma’s recipe for the BEST Butter Cookies! Butter Cookies are slightly sweet, beautiful cookies that are delicious with tea or coffee. If you watched my Facebook Live earlier this week, you got a sneak peek at these little gems!
See why I call these cookies “little gems?” 😀
Dan is so happy I picked this recipe to share! He has the best memories of time with his Grandma. One story he shared, was when he had a summer internship and he stayed with his Grandma in Lodi, CA. Every day she would pack his lunch before he went to work.
The position was a desk job, but Grandma packed his lunch like he’d be doing physical labor all day long. His lunch was HUGE! Every day she would pack probably twice as much as he could comfortably eat, but of course he ate it all.
Finally, one of his co-workers said, “son you’re gonna have to leave some lunch in the bag or she’ll keep packing it full!”
You see, he didn’t want to say something because he was afraid it would hurt Grandma’s feelings! (Dan’s a pretty wonderful guy – so sweet and caring! It’s one of the things I love most about him!)
Are shortbread cookies and butter cookies the same?
- The difference between a shortbread and butter cookies recipe is a higher ratio of butter in the butter cookies. A butter cookie will hardly crumble and also can be rolled if you want to use a cookie-cutter. The butter gives a ton of flavor for a rich, dense cookie.
Dan’s Mom gave me Grandma Bertha’s recipe box and I’ve been having fun going through all the recipes. Though I never met Grandma, I think I did her proud sharing this recipe and these photographs!
What are the ingredients to make butter cookies?
- pure vanilla extract
- baking powder
- decorating sugar (optional)
I also had fun photographing these cookies! But I guess you can tell that, huh? 😂
How to make butter cookies recipe?
- Soften the butter.
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
- Cream together butter and sugar.
- Add the egg and mix.
- Sift together the flour and baking powder.
- Add to the creamed mixture in spoonfuls until completely incorporated.
- Cover and chill for at least an hour.
- Roll into one inch balls. Roll in plain sugar or brightly colored decorating sugar.
- Bake for 8-10 minutes or until golden brown.
Can butter cookies be frozen?
- Yes, these cookies will freeze beautifully. Store in an airtight container or ziplock bag for up to two months.
Butter cookies are simple to make with minimal ingredients and are certain showstoppers! Grandma’s recipe didn’t include rolling them in sugar, but that added a special touch and made them so pretty! Wouldn’t you agree?
Best Butter Cookies Recipe
Best Butter Cookies Recipe
Grandma Bertha's Best Butter Cookies Recipe! A family favorite these cookies are a sweet snack for the kids & delicious with coffee or tea!
- 1 cup softened butter
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1 egg
- 3 tsp pure vanilla extract
- 3 cups flour
- 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 1/4 cup decorating sugar optional
Be sure the butter is completely softened and room temperature.
Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
Cream together butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
Add the egg and mix until completely combined.
Sift together the flour and baking powder. Add to the creamed butter/sugar/egg in spoonfuls until completely incorporated.
*Cover and chill for at least one hour. Roll into one inch balls. Roll in plain sugar or brightly colored decorating sugar.
Place onto cookie sheet. Using the back of a spoon, press down to slightly flatten. Bake for 8-10 minutes or until golden brown.
*I have made the batter the night before. If you do so, cover tightly and refrigerate. This also makes a great dough if you want to roll out the dough and use a cookie cutter!
Check out the amazing #SummerDessertWeek recipes from our bloggers today!
Ice Cream Recipes:
Pies of Summer:
- Key Lime Pie from The Java Cupcake Blog
Sweet Summertime Cakes:
- Chocolate Coconut Cream Cake from Food Hunter’s Guide to Cuisine
No Bake Treats:
- No Bake Peaches and Cream Cheesecake from Miss in the Kitchen
- No Bake Berry Icebox Cake from A Blender Mom
- Blueberry Cornbread from For the Love of Food
- Snickerdoodles from Jen Around the World
- Reese’s Puffs Toffee from The Spiffy Cookie
- Cherry Pie Bars from Southern From Scratch
- Mississippi Mud Cookies from Fake Ginger
- Blueberry Cardamom Hand Pies from My Baking Heart
- Summer Berry Dessert Bruschetta from Cooking In Stilettos
- S’mores Crepes from For the Love of Food
Welcome to the first #SummerDessertWeek event hosted by Angie from Big Bear’s Wife. We’re so glad that you’ve joined us for this week long event of desserts and giveaways. You’re going to love what we have in store for you.
There are 25 amazing bloggers participating in this year’s event! Throughout the week we’ll be sharing tons of fantastic summer dessert recipes with you. With over 70 recipes being shared this week, we just know that you’re going to find a new summer favorite!