Classic Butter Cookies (with Variations)
Classic butter cookies are a must have in every baker's recipe box.
They are wonderful cookies to make any time of year, but tend to be thought of most as Christmas cookies because they are perfect cookies for decorating.
See all of the variations below too.
Stir together flour and salt. Cream butter, then beat in sugar and vanilla. Add the dry ingredients to the creamed mixture, about 1/4 at a time.
Choose one variations from below if you want, or bake them plain. They are delicious either way.
Roll out the cookies and cut them into shapes, roll into specific shapes (see below) or just roll into individual balls and flatten them with your hand. Bake on ungreased cookie sheets according to individual directions, usually for 12 to 15 minutes, until they are lightly golden.
Makes about 6 dozen cookies.
Nutritional Analysis Per Cookie
Calories 49; Calories from Fat 29; Total Fat 3.2g; Saturated Fat 2.0g; Cholesterol 8mg; Sodium 38mg; Total Carbohydrates 4.7g; Sugars 1.7g; Protein 0.4g; Vitamin A 2%; Vitamin C 0%; Calcium 0%; Iron 1%
(Percentages based on a 2000 calorie per day diet)
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A major plus, and another reason these are often thought of as holiday cookies, is that one batch can also be turned into a variety of colorful, tasty treats.
We've given you a few ideas for variations here, feel free to let your imagination run and try other things too.
Butter cookies are just one of our great cookie recipes. Find all of our easy dessert recipes here.
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Cooking Tip"Creaming" butter simply means beating it until it is soft and fluffy. The more you beat the butter, the more delicate the cookies will be.
To "cream together" butter and sugar means the same thing. Mix them together then beat until the mixture is light and fluffy. The butter will lighten up in color a bit.