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Best Butter Cookies Recipe

Grandma Bertha's Homemade Butter Cookies Recipe - a classic butter cookie recipe is simple to make with minimal ingredients. Sweet and delicious, these are perfect with coffee or tea!
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 23 minutes
Servings 36 cookies
Calories 102kcal
Author Deb Clark


  • 1 cup softened butter
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 3 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 3 cups flour
  • ½ tsp baking powder
  • ¼ 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.
  • Enjoy!!!
  • *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!


Calories: 102kcal | Carbohydrates: 12g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 18mg | Sodium: 47mg | Potassium: 21mg | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 165IU | Calcium: 7mg | Iron: 0.5mg