Spring Dessert Recipe

Best Ever Butter Cookies

Tender butter cookies that are perfect for decorating for any occasion.

60 min.prep time 3:10total time
36 cookies
2035203 Ratings

Ingredients

Cookie

1 cup Land O Lakes® Butter, softened
1 cup sugar
2 tablespoons orange juice
1 tablespoon vanilla
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder

Frosting

3 cups powdered sugar
1/3 cup Land O Lakes® Butter, softened
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 to 2 tablespoons milk
Food color, if desired

Directions

Combine 1 cup softened butter, sugar and egg in bowl. Beat at medium speed, scraping bowl often, until creamy. Add orange juice and 1 tablespoon vanilla. Continue beating, scraping bowl often, until well mixed. Add flour and baking powder; beat at low speed until well mixed.

Divide dough into thirds. Shape each third into a ball; flatten slightly. Wrap each in plastic food wrap; refrigerate 2-3 hours or until firm.

Heat oven to 400°F. 

Roll out dough, one-third at a time, on lightly floured surface (keeping remaining dough refrigerated), to 1/8- to 1/4-inch thickness. Cut with 3-inch cookie cutters. Place 1 inch apart onto ungreased cookie sheets.

Bake 6-10 minutes or until edges are lightly browned. Let stand 1 minute on cookie sheet; remove to cooling rack. Cool completely.

Combine powdered sugar, 1/3 cup butter and 1 teaspoon vanilla in bowl. Beat at low speed, scraping bowl often and gradually adding enough milk for desired spreading consistency. Tint with food color, if desired. Frost and decorate cooled cookies as desired.

 

VariationBest Ever Butter Cookies with GlazePrepare cookies as directed above omitting frosting.  To prepare glaze, stir together 2 1/2 cups powdered sugar, 2 tablespoons water, 1 tablespoon Land O Lakes® Butter, softened, 1 tablespoon light corn syrup and 1/2 teaspoon vanilla or almond extract in bowl until smooth, adding additional water, if necessary, to reach desired glazing consistency. Tint with food color, if desired. Glaze cooled cookies. Decorate as desired. Let stand 6 hours or overnight until glaze is hardened.

 

 

 

Recipe Tip

- To decorate cookies with only decorator sugars, sprinkle cookies with decorator sugars before baking.

- Read more about this recipe on Recipe Buzz® Blog.

Nutrition Facts (1 cookie)

Calories: 150

Fat: 7g

Cholesterol: 25mg

Sodium: 70mg

Carbohydrates: 21g

Dietary Fiber: 0g

Protein: 1g

Recipe #5690H©2012Land O'Lakes, Inc.

Recipe Comments & Reviews

This is my go-to recipe for cutouts. Simply the best cookie ever! I have been making this recipe for more than 36 years, having saved it off a butter package a long, long time ago! I love to make a couple batches of these at a time, and freeze some for decorating later.
My family and I have been making this recipe for countless years. We only use the dough recipe though. Other homemade/ from scratch frosting recipes have turned out better to our liking though!
I have been making these cookies for over 12 years now. Everybody loves them!!! I have one question though. In my original recipe, 1 egg is listed as part of the ingredients. Why has it now been omitted and does that change the consistency?
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Test Kitchen Comment
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Cindy

Thanks for contacting us. This recipe is the most requested recipe from Land O'Lakes. The recipe does have an egg and we have not made any changes to the original recipe.
Posted March 28, 2014
I was looking for a butter cookie recipe and ended up chosing this one because alot of the other reviewers mentioned it is their "go to" recipe. And they were right! The cookies were delicious as well as the frosting. It is now my "go to" recipe. Thanks everyone:)
Best ever butter cookie says it all - my go-to recipe!
With this cookie dough recipe I have enjoyed baking Raggedy Ann and Andy, Charlie Brown and friends for at least forty years. My son is forty this year and I've baked these as party favorites for as long. Painted the characters taste Awesome! Thank You Landolakes!
I have made this recipe since 1978, and the cookies are always outstanding. Highly recommend!!
My kids and I made these last year for Christmas. Not only did they taste great but they had a blast making them!
I have been making this recipe since I was 5 years old.. i am now 43 and still love it!!
The best butter cookies ever! I still feel like a little kid everytime I decorate them.
How long can I freeze the dough?
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Cindy

This dough is a great cookie dough that you can make ahead of time. The dough can be made up to 3 months ahead of time. Make sure you thaw the cookie dough in the refrigerator before you want to continue making the cookies.
Posted October 31, 2013
I have been baking these cookies for over 30 years! I get special requests from family members for them. They really are the BEST EVER butter cookies!
Been using this recipe for 40+ years! First found it on the butter carton and have used it ever since. I am a retired Home Economics teacher (Family and Consumer Sciences) and my students also had great success with this winner over the years!
Angels for Christmas and bunnies for Easter. although I can make this recipe go further than 3 dozen cookies. My husband likes them thin. I also thin out the icing so it is not so heavy on the thinner cookie. I got this recipe from a friend who regularly makes cookies to send to her daughter and her daughters friends at college.
my dough is dry and not sticky at all it barely holds together! What did I do wrong?
This has been my go to recipe since 2003. Cookies are just wonderful!
This is a simple and very tasty resipe for cookies. I made the cookies using this recipe twice. Easy to deocrate as well.
This is my absolute all time favorite sugar cookie recipe. I have been making these cookies since the recipe first appeared on the side of the box.
The Read Deal! LOVE these cookies! I also make them by rolling them in a ball, then flatten with the bottom of a class cup. This is a good trick when you don't have time to cookie cut them! The icing is a must with these for a true traditional home made butter cookie!
I have been making this cookie since I got married in 1971. I do not need a different recipe. This one is my families favorite.
I made these for and didn't realize I didn't have oj. I just added a little almond extract for additional liquid and these were the most amazing cookies I have ever had. I ended up making them for each of my daughters classrooms and took some into work. They were gone in seconds!!!!
Excellent recipe. Highly recommend it. We've made 3 batches of cookies already. Everyone loves a good cookie as a gift.
how many time is need to let the frost is hardened? I, from Argentina :)
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Cindy

It depends on the type of frosting you are using. If you are using a butter cream frosting it may take 2 to 3 hours to firm and get hardened.
Posted December 17, 2012
I have used this recipe many times & always receive tons of compliments. Everyone wants the recipe.
If you do not want the frosting, Take an egg white and beat it til just frothy and use a pastry brush to brush the tops of the cut cookies on the trays. Sprinkle with jimmies or colored sugar.
best cookies ever!
This recipe comes out perfect every time -- even this year when I tried some healthy substitutions. For the 1 cup of butter, I put in a 1/2 cup applesauce and 1/2 cup of Earth Balance spread. I also swapped a cup of agave nectar for the cup of white sugar. Delish - so moist and not overly sweet! But NOT for cut-out cookies. We ended up with Christmas snakes - LOL. We are going to re-do cut-out night and follow the directions...
These cookies have been my contribution to Christmas dinner for years! I love the spring picture above.
ive been making this cookie with this recipe for many years and its the best. the thinner you cut them the better they taste. and i frost them with orange juice glaze. I also use more oj than the recioe calls for. they are yummy. my land o lakes cookie book is so old and that is where I got this recipe from.
its very good, i didnt have any orange juice so i used milk instead. i also made a banana icing, it was hard to get off of my pan and i broke a few cookies but i ended up with enough to bring a dozen to my neighbor :)
This is absolutely the best butter/sugar cookie ever. I've made these for years and they are always wonderful. Everyone loves them. They are simple to make.
Tasted great, only nuisance was the very sticky, soft dough. I kept rechecking the recipe, wondering if I had made a mistake in the ingredients. Refrigerated the dough over night, was still sticky.I used a powdered sugar icing instead, covered them in white first, then made patterns with pasel colored icing.
This cookie recipe is delicious and I had many compliments on the cookies I baked.
What a cute idea for the spring buffet table! These are my go-to butter cookies and I love seeing the new ideas Land O Lakes comes up with for decorations.
i love this page cause its so useful and my sister makes the cookies all the time.
I have used this recipe for years ..it is the best!!
So yummy these are my fiances favorite kind of cookies and he loved then!thanks!:)
this recipe,is so good
This is a great recipe. I was looking for a recipe that would stand up well to decorating including using sugar wafer paper, Royal Icing and buttercream, depending on need. I rolled these out about 1/4 inch and cut with a 4 inch round cutter. Perfection and delish! I did substitute almond flavor and did not use the orange juice because I wanted it to be real buttery! Love it!
I do not cook or bake. I made the cookies for Christmas visitors and everyone requested the recipe. Easy! Everyone repeated "Best cookies ever"!
just like my mothers recipe(shes in heaven waiting for me ) but we cut the dough into fourths colored one batch green, one red, cut the baking power by half, Shaped and formed them into candy canes. The burnt ones went on the tree.
just like my mothers recipe(shes in heaven waiting for me ) but we cut the dough into fourths colored one batch green, one red, cut the baking power by half, Shaped and formed them into candy canes. The burnt ones went on the tree.
I have been making these cookies for what seems like forever, since the 60's to be exact. This is the perfect rolled Sugar Cookie recipe-enough said. I tried the varation below with the milk and almond flavoring and while it is good, the origional recipe is the best. A few tips, I find it much easier to make the dough the night before and refrigerate it all night as it is much easier to handle and little people can lose interest quick (I do Pre K for a living) and so making the dough after everyone is in bed is perfect. Also roll them thick, as little people don't like crispy cookies and then the cookies holds all the frosting and jimbees etc they glob on. Ok the edges are not perfect but what you are doing here is making memories that last forever not a Martha Stewart moment. At the end of it all I want my child to recall the fun we had not the perfect tv ready cookies we made.
I make a similar recipe. Instead of orange juice, I use grated orange peel. I also substitute almond extract for vanilla in both the cookies and frosting.
A family tradition forever. Even my husband who doesn't like hid type of cookie is excited to eat them! I roll the dough out the night before between two pieces of wax paper and refrigerate overnight. This works great.
My Mom sent away and got a recipe box with copper color cookies cutters from LOL for me and my sister in law about 40 years ago. This was the recipe included with the cutters. I have used this recipe ever since. And of course use my cookie cutters yet to this day.
I have used this recipe for over 40 years. I am visiting my daughter and needed to make christmas cookies. I was happy to find this online. My Mother used this when I was a little girl, so it has been in our family for over 50 years! Love it.
my first time making cutout cookies (although I bake lots of other kinds of cookies). Recipe is delicious. I did use a royal icing instead of the one listed. WARNING, when they say refrigerate at least 2-3 hours they mean it. Dough is just too soft otherwise and makes a sticky mess!. I did find I had the best success by rolling the dough between 2 pieces of saran wrap and then refrigerating then dough.
Love these cookies been making them for years .
Had high expectations and was very disappointed, very bland. My daughter said it tasted "healthly". Not the way a butter cookie should taste
I made these cookies for a Christmas Eve party one year. They got such rave reviews that I have decided to make five batches this year to give out as gifts. The best comment they got was that their taste and look reminded people of their childhood. Before they are frosted and after they are cooked they can be frozen for up to three weeks. Just thaw and decorate.
The cookies are delicious; the orange after note is incredible. The icing isn't really much to write home about, but paired together, they are a Christmas miracle. I would recommend, however, having MORE than enough time to make these and cut them out, since it took me an hour just to get six popped out of the cutters and onto a cookie tray. Flour or confectioner's sugar is your friend.
The recipe was delicious!! I chilled the dough overnight and rolled it out on wax paper (I didn't use loose flour) and once I had gotten the shapes imprinted in the dough, I flipped the wax paper over onto the cookie sheet and the cookies would slowly come off. Really Ease to follow recipe and the results were fantastic!
They were unbelievably good. EVERYone loved them and they are all asking for more! I'll be making a double batch to freeze some to make whenever requested. Delicious!
Best sugar cookies I've ever made! They are addictive I swear! I'll be starting another batch later today
I make these every year. They come out fantastic, the only thing I would change is that you dont need to divide in thirds to roll out th edough, you can divide in half and it works fine. We just top the cookies with egg wash and sprinkles, since we are not fans of frosted cookies.
This recipe is always requested. It takes awhile to make it but the cookies are completely worth it!
I make this recipe every holiday and change the cookie cutters, I wrap them individually and give them to the kids sports teams for Halloween, Valentines ect....The only change I make is OJ instead of vanilla in the frosting. They are a hit year after year
It ts a winner !!! Easy to make, lovely flavor, not too sweet but just right ! Iwill make these gems again !!!!
What glaze does everyone use?
OMG, these cookies are incredible. They melt in your mouth. To make it easier, I dilute the frosting(not too much) and pour it over the cookies, decorate and they dry in no time at all. I made football jersey butter cookies and decorated with school colors with the boys numbers on the cookies for my sons football team, It was a hit. These cookies are intoxicating, you can't eat just one!
perfect cookie recpie.those who had issues maybe did not cream butterand sugar well.or add flour little at a time not all at once.just in time for xmas cookies!
Really nice dough, and easy to prepare...I just rolled them into a walnut size ball and flattened them with a glass. Then I frosted them with orange frosting. Yummy!!
I have been making this recipe for years. I do away with rolling them out by using this tip I got from another recipe: I save the cans from frozen orange juice leaving the bottom in tact. I make the dough and stuff into a clean empty can and then put in the frig to firm up for a day. Then I take out the can and cut the bottom aluminum lid but leave it in place. That bottom aluminum disc aides as a "pusher". Then I firmly push the dough out of the can to the desired width I want and slice it off. You can use the large or small cans dependent on the size cookies you want. The metal ring around the top of the can makes a guide for your knife. So easy and less mess to clean.
oh my!!!! that was fun bakingand the tast is out of this world. enjoy baking and eating these cookies.
To make these yummy cookies faster and easier, roll sections of dough into "logs" on waxed paper. Roll each log in colorful sprinkles, cool in regrigerator until firm. Remove from fridge, slice and bake as directed. No rolling dough or cut outs needed but they are still delicious and fun! I tailor the sprinkles to the occasion. Red and green for Christmas, even blue and red (the school colors) for my daughter's high school graduation party.
I have been baking Christmas cookies with this recipe since my marriage in 1975! My Mom had given me a recipe box filled with cookie cutters and recipes as a special offer from Land O"Lakes. They have become a loving tradition in my family since. They taste the same year after year and are such a favorite that my children ask for them every Christmas - even the icing recipe which had been included - is excellent! Thanks for the great recipe and treasured memories!!!
Roll 1/8" sheets of dough between wax paper and freeze for 5 minutes to create firmness for cut outs. Work quickly and place rerolled scraps back in freezer to quick chill for another 5 minutes before recutting. I ran a test batch using variations and the 1/8" cookies were crisper than the 1/4" which were cakey and lost their sharp detail. I would also recommend either doubling the vanilla or using 1 Tbsp. almond extract and 1 Tbsp. Vanilla and substituting milk for the orange juice to yield a more pronounced flavor. Don't forget to add 1/2 tsp. salt if using sweet butter ! Nancy
Always perfect for great butter cookies. I often brush beaten egg over unbaked cookies and sprinkle with colored sugars, nonpareils, etc. This eliminates the frosting step. Can also be made into balls and flattened with a glass dipped in sugar.
Love this recipe! I make these every year for our cookie exchange. Simple and delicious!!
I made these with my grand kids and they were great.
I too followed the instructions & the dough never firmed up enough to roll out and cut with cookie cutters. The batter was way too sticky using the ingredients above I cannot comprehend how this came out for anyone.
This was a nightmare. Impossible for me to roll. Made huge mess on my counter of butter rutts. Tried twice, thinking I did not use enough flour, so I increased the amount of flour I put down to roll......still a mushy mess. What a waste of expensive butter.
I add a little bit of almond extract to the recipe and they are melt in your mouth fantastic! Yumm
THESE COOKIES TASTE LIKE OLD SCHOOL LUNCH ROOM BUTTER COOKIES
I make these cookies every year. Everyone love them. They're so soft and delicious. I don't like orange juice though so I use milk instead. They always turn out wonderful. Best recipe ever!!!
This takes my grandma's recipe to an all new level. I love the addition of the orange juice. These are a tradition for my family and will be for many years to come.
I found this recipe over 20 years ago and I have been making them ever since (especially for Christmas) and I have gotten rave reviews from everyone that has ever tried them.. They are the BEST!!
Chill at least two hours. Need alot of flour when rolling out. Also do not roll. Use hands to pat down and cut into squares with knife with more flour. Like a pie crust.
I added chopped pecans. I dusted with powdered sugar, no frosting.
I make these almost every year, and they are great. I do a different frosting though. I put egg yolks in separate bowls and add food coloring so the kids can paint it on the cookies. I then add the sprinkles that look like little crystals. Then bake as directed, and they come out beautifully. I usually make up two trays of them, one for my husband's office and one for mine. They are usually gone within minutes. They are delicious.
I've been using this recipe for the last 23 years....hands down favorite in my house.
I have an old recipe booklet that belonged to my grandmother - probably circa 1960s or 1970s. This recipe is in it and is our go to recipe for cut out cookies. I have tried many others, and this is still the best. These are our traditional Christmas cookies - now I make them with my grandkids. We have a new tradition where one of the Santa cookies has to have a bite taken out before we cook them. It statred when my grandson was 18 months old and helping make Christmas cookies for the first time. Every time he picked up a cookie to put on the baking sheet, he took a bite out of it first. Now we only bite one, but that is the one for Santa (so he knows that they are good).
I have used this recipe for the past 15 years. There isn't a better butter cookie recipe, especially when iced. These are a tradition in my house ; my children and now my grandchildren!!! Merry Christmas!
I would love to try these with eggnog instead of orange juice in the cookie and rum flavoring instead of vanilla in the icing.
This is a long-time favorite. I've made this cookie for the last 30+ years and was thrilled to see it here. A hint for easy cookie transfer;after rolling out dough, before cutting, run a THIN spatula between the dough and the rolling surface. After cutting, use the same spatula to transfer the cookie to the baking sheet.
I have used this recipe for alomost 40 yrs and it is the best. They also have a recipe for butter cookies using a cookie press but I lost my recipe does anyone have that one.
This is my go-to butter cookie recipe for Christmas cookies. I found it in one of those small cookbooks from Land O Lakes more than 20 years ago. I have tried multiple other cookies but always come back to this one. The flavor and texture is excellent.
Read a lot of comments on taste but is this cookie soft or hard? I usually make Anise Cut-outs and I love them for the texture as well as the flavor.
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Test Kitchen Comment
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Cindy

This cookie is a crisp butter cookie. Hope you will give this cookie a try.
Posted November 21, 2011
Good recipe and excellent flavour. For variation I use evaporated milk instead of orange juice, and to maintain the distinct shape of the cutter I use 1/8 teaspoon of cream of tartar and 1/4 teaspoon baking powder, so that it does not rise too much.
Just lovely; stayed together well while using cookie cutter, with a great butter cookie taste. Love this recipe and will replace my 45 year old recipe with this one.....yes its that good!!!
I bake about 3,000 Christmas cookies for an annual charity fundraiser, and most are from this recipe. Works great every time. I mix and freeze the dough a couple weeks before baking (thaw in the fridge overnight), and it does not affect the quality of the finished product. People love these cookies!
Delicious and super easy to make. I have made this several times and definitely my go-to for cut out cookies!
This has been my favorite holiday cookie recipe for more than 30 years! I make at least 5 batches for the holidays and many more during the year, Everybody loves them,
In Chicago these cookies were made in all schools. As children we use to make it to school early just to go to the lunch room for butter cookies and chocolate milk...um um good! Now I am going to make them for my grand kids and watch them enjoy the taste.
Everyone loved it.I still get request,long after the holidays.
My family loves these cookies and this is one recipe I always double because our 14 year old won't stay out of them!!!
I have made this recipe many a times and for different holidays as well. My granddaughter, Madaline says " Gramma, you make the best cookies" and that why I enjoy making the All Butter Cookie Recipe from Land O Lakes.
I bet this would also be good using lemon juice instead of organge juice!
Wanted to test a new cutout cookie recipe before Christmas. This cookie tastes great even without the frosting and is easy to make.
I have made this recipe for years but as Kim P stated I also make it with vanilla & almond flavoring instead of the orange juice. These are a staple in my house around the holidays. My 4 children (all grown now) call me for this recipe all the time. I have never tried them with orange juice so maybe I will make a batch & compare the flavor. My grandson will be more than happy to help me & tell me which ones he prefers. :) These cookies have a great texture & flavor & they always disappear quickly. Thanks for another great recipe Land O Lakes.
i have made this recipe for a number of years...as christmas cut out cookies. i make the dough the day before i want to bake and then divide the dough into 4 large pieces. keeping them in the frig and taking them out only when i am ready to roll the dough and cut the cookies. everyone loves them! very very good buttery cookies !
Easy and the family loved them.
Easy. Great for kids to help. Tasted great , even made them thicker and they were wonderful.
I think this is the best cookie I ever had. May family also. And it's the eaiest cookie I have 4v






The best cookies I've ever made. The easiest cookie also.





When I made this recipe, I inserted a wooden skewer into each flower before baking. After frosting and decorating the "flowers" I tied a coordinating colored ribbon bow on each skewer to look like the "leaves." I put clay in the bottom of a ceramic flower pot and stuck the skewers into the clay. This served as dessert and a centerpiece for the dessert table at a church potluck dinner.
Question re Best Ever Butter Cookies - I make this recipe every year for the holidays. I even had some help when my son was younger! My question is how to know when to stop rolling the dough. I like the cookies a bit thicker, but they tend to lose the cut-out shape. Any suggestions? Thank you.
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Test Kitchen Comment
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Cindy

This cookie has leavening to make it rise during baking and so the detail in the design of some cookie cutters can be lost when the cookie rises during baking. The cookie is fine and tastes great but if you want to make a butter cookie that does not puff up you need to use a cookie with very little leavening (baking powder or baking soda). When we we roll-out cookie dough in the Test Kitchens, we use a ruler to determine the thickness. This helps so the cookie dough is uniform in thickness. You can also roll out the dough to the thickness you want.
Posted November 11, 2011
This is the ONLY recipe I have ever made since my kids were born 10 years ago. I started baking these very same cookies with them since they were about 4 years old. We invite the cousins over every year and cook up big batches of this yummy recipe. Everyone raves about our traditional Christmas cookie flavor -- truly the best ever butter cookie you'll ever taste!
How important is it to let the dough chill for 2-3 hours? If I need to make these cookies tonight so I can frost them tomorrow will that work. I don't want to be up until midnight baking.
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Cindy

It is important to chill the dough so the butter in the dough is firmed up after mixing the dough. If possible I would at least chill the dough 1 hour. Other tips to help when baking these cookies so they do not spread is to always bake the cookies on a cooled cookie sheet and keep the dough in the refrigerator while rolling out some of the dough. Hope these tips help and that everyone likes your cookies at work!
Posted October 06, 2011
I noticed the lack of salt in the recipe. Even if you use salted butter, that recipe should have at least 1/4 tsp salt for the quantity of flour, to enhance and balance flavors. I wonder why so many online recipes are omitting salt as a basic ingredient in baking recipes. The current crusade against salt is misguided.
Favorite and most requested cookie for holidays and other events.
Land O'Lakes... can't beat it! GREAT cookie :)
i love this recipe . this was my 2nd time making them and they were still good
I love this recipe! I don't use the frosting because I have my own recipe.
But this is great when my niece is over because she gets to help me cut them out!
Do not over bake!
Although I haven't tried this recipe yet, it seems to be simple and easy...but I'd like to know what does the orange juice do? How differently do these cookies taste from other butter cookies because of the added orange juice?
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Cindy

The orange juice ingredient in this recipe provides a fresh tang to the cookie. It is a delicate flavor that compliments the tender cookie.
Posted August 15, 2011
I love this recipe, I am not the cook in the family, when it comes to butter cookies this recipe has not fail me yet. I am always ask to bring my butter cookies and when I don't the response is "Oh no, where are the butter cookies". The frosting I love I have use the frosting on other desserts. Thank You.
Great cookies! I made these with my three year old and we had a blast!
This recipe is TRULY The Best Ever Butter Cookies - my kids Love to help decorate them!
I made these cookies during the Holidays after constant pestering from my boyfriend for a batch of butter cookies (as sugar cookies would not do). Well, I chose these and lo-and-behold, he told me they tasted exactly like the ones his great grandmother used to make (and she was apparently an AMAZING cook.) I cut the dough into squares and sprinkled colored sugar on them before baking. They were great, and I made probably 4 batches between November and January!
I have not tried this recipe yet...I was looking for a recipe to use with a cookie press that I just got. Does anyone think this recipe would work with a cookie press? Thank you for your advice = )
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Cindy

I love to use special baking equipment like a cookie press. Usually you use a cookie recipe that does not have a leavening (baking powder or baking soda) as an ingredient when you use a cookie press. I suggest you try our best Ever Spritz recipe. The most important thing to remember when using a cookie press is to make sure the dough is not too soft or not to hard or cold. Hope you enjoy this new baking tool!
Posted June 04, 2011
Unfortunately this didn't work out for me. I wanted a recipe specifically to use with cookie cutters and even though I followed the instructions carefully, the dough never firmed up enough to roll out and cut with cookie cutters. It was way too sticky and was so sticky and soft I ended up putting it in my piping ball and piping it onto the baking paper so I could at least have cookies that were shaped in some form. When cooking, it didn't hold the shape very well either and you could barely tell I piped them out. They also stuck to the baking paper and the taste was ok but quite bland.
The cookies are too sweet.
I make this recipe absolutely every holiday. The cookies are the best. The grand kids love decorating them. The grownups can barely wait to try them. The cookies have been one of our family traditions for more than 25 years.
I made these great butter cookies,only I cut out 4 inch rounds, put a teaspoon of good raspberry jam on one round cover it with a top round , and crimped it all around, brushed the cookies with a egg wash for shine, and baked them. So good. I bought a cookie like this at the fresh market, now I will just make my own.also instead of a egg wash, dust with powdered sugar.
This has been my go to need a great sugar cookie recipe for years but it was saved on my computer and then it crashed. I tried to duplicate it but something was off. I was so happy when I found it on the landolakes website. I have used it for so long I thought of it as my own. glad it is back
I made this cooky with one stick margarine and one stick butter, and I baked the batch in my convection oven for 9 minutes each pan. I think this cooky needs some additional flavor--the texture was very light, lighter than any such cooky I had ever made--and if I had added frosting, it would have overpowered the cooky. however, my family made short work of the batch!
Have NOT made this recipe as of yet,tho bin baking for years..this one is a keeper.Why? Its the orange juice that builds an excellent add in ingred.
When this baker/chef does..definately will share.
This is the only recipe I use for cutout cookies and I make them for every holiday. They are perfect and do not have the flour after taste so many cut out cookies have. Even plain or with sprinkles they still taste wonderful.
Back in the early 1970's I used to have a small softcovered recipe book from Land of Lakes with all kinds of cookie recieps in it and this was my favorite. I wish I still had that cook book
Baked this Christmas 2010. My family and friends loved these cookies. You will too!
I've done this recipe and it turned out ok, but i had to add just 1/4 teaspoon of salt to it. When my son did the recipe it was bland and that's because he would forget that most baking needs just a little pinch of salt to bring the flavors together.
Flavorful and stayed soft for several weeks in a tin.
I LOVE THIS RECIPE! Easy to make and really delicious!!
I found this recipe on the butter box years ago. It's tender and just the right amount of sweet!
A Classic!!
I got this recipe off the butter box about 10 years ago. It is by far the best ever sugar cookie. So glad they had it on their web site. I have lost my original form the butter box.
Roll the dough out between two pieces of parchment paper for no mess plus easy clean up...it is good to four the bottom piece of parchment...to lift up the cut outs easier...
I have made these for years and they are always a hit! The oj makes them stand out from other sugar cookies.
it's the best Butter cookies I have ever made or tasted for that matter. They melt in your mouth and are easy to make.
My family's favorite cookie. It is the best cutout cookie recipe I have ever come accross.
These are really good.
I have made these cookies for over 25 years using a booklet from the company that I still have. There is nothing to equal this recipe - plus I always use Land o' Lakes butter and they turn out excellent - they are a hit with everyone!
I have been baking these cookies for over 20 years. My family and I agree, there is no other butter cookie that tastes this good, and using the Land o Lakes butter makes a difference!!!
I made them for my sons' classes. they were a huge hit.
My family loves these cookies! The best sugar cookie recipe I've found and the orange juice is a great addition.
All the years I have been making cookies, these are my most requested. I started making them when my children were 4 & 6 yrs old, they are now 33 & 31 and they love them. I have tried other cutout cookies, but these are the best by far and receive the most praise! Make them once and you will be making them forever! Merry Christmas and enjoy
I have made these cookies for the past 3 yrs!!! I absolutely LOVE them!! They taste wonderful, and so easy to make!!! Family favorite for the holidays to make with our kids!
I was really looking for a butter cookie recipe to use in the cookie press. Not cut outs. And when I found this, I laughed to myself because it is so similar to a sugar cookie recipe my family has been using for years. Using crisco instead of butter and a few different measurements.
i make this butter cookie recipe every year for the holidays and get asked all the time when im making my sugar cookies again...i think the orange juice is key to this perfect recipe.It makes them super soft and they stay that way for days!!!
I have been making this recipe forever. It is my favorite cut out recipe. My family looks forward to Christmas cut out cookies, especially my hubby! He likes his plain or with icing. I usually have to make at least double.
A wonderful recipe...I omitted the orange juice and substituted almond extract, they just came out wonderful & buttery.
The cookies taste fine but were awful to roll out! I would use this as a drop cookie recipe. Not my favorite cookie recipe:(
I make these cookies all the time they are absolutly the best butter cookie recipe have found, and believe me I tried alot! I also use it to make sandwich cookies which I fill with nuttella, YUM!!
I made these for a church Christmas Party. The ladies LOVED these cookies. I will be baking more for the holidays this year!
I have been making these cookies since finding the recipe on the 1lb butter carton at least 7yrs ago. The butter cookie frosting combination without a doubt tops any cookie recipe in the land. Mmmmmm
I found this recipe in a Land O Lakes ad in a cooking magazine in 1997. I made the cookies for a church Christmas dinner. My cookies were part of a centerpiece for one of the tables at the party. When a teenage girl ate one of them, she yelled, “This is what Christmas cookies are supposed to be!” I've made them every year since then.
This is a GREAT recipe.. Everyone LOVED them
Wow! These cookies are great. What's up with the OJ? I never heard of that before!
Land of Lakes should be called Land of LOVE! these cookies were the bonding glue at a family get together where everyone was NOT happy to see each other when I openen up my cookies started with a little one 2yrs old going around saying "eat eat:" and vola EVERYONE was going in the kitchen looking for "MY" cookies and I cried because everyone started talking to each other and who would have thought that a little cookie with LandoLakes Butter the only butter I bake with would have made such a difference! Thank you I'm on a fixed income, but if I had known it would have made this much of a hit I would have squeezed out for 2more pounds of Land o Lakes Butter Family and happy days are priceless...Thank you Granny Angel
My mom has made these cookies as long as I can remember for the holidays. I now make them since she is no longer able to do so. I don't know where she got her recipe. It could have been from the Land O' Lakes butter box because she has used this brand as long as I can remember as well. A couple of differences in the recipe she has are that she didn't use orange juice. She used two flavorings together. Usually vanilla and almond. The cookies get better with age with or without frosting. They are a little dryer without the frosting but I have a brother-in- law that doesn't like frosting so I always make some without for him and he loves them. This is one of the traditions that my family expects each year and I love doing it!
Awesome cookies! I love them, they are the first to disappear!
I found this recipe on the back of a butter box over 10 years ago; I still have the recipe from the box! My husband and I made them and decorated them for gifts. This is truly the best iced butter cookie I have ever eaten! I could eat the whole batch!
I tried this recipe and it was great!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! try baking them in a skillet :) it makes the cookies taste like carbon cookies :) yummy!!
I am always asked to make these cookies for my sons daycare, the teachers love them so I make cut outs to go with any holiday, or even the alphabet or #s for the kids they are so easy to make & so tasty too my son who is 3 loves to help decorate & taste with mommy :)
This is without a doubt, the best sugar cookie ever.
These are really good butter cookies! I didn't really think that this recipe would make almost 50 of them though lol!!! Made some Halloween ones for my daughter and I to decorate, she's going to have so much fun. (Our family had a taste test before we're decorating xP they were gone in seconds!)
this is an excellent recipe.
Great cookies
I was disappointed when these cookies stuck like glue to my best non-stick pan....they taste great soon after baking them but they get dry quickly, I also expected them to be softer. they do make pretty ornaments though :o)
I'm sure that these are very cute when cut into shapes and decorated with colorful icing, but I like a more rustic look. I also have a hard time waiting 3 hours for the dough to be ready from the fridge. Here's what I do different;ly with the same delicious recipe: I shape the dough into a long rectangular "stick" and put it in the freezer for about 30 minutes. I cut the dough into slices, put them on a parchment covered cookie sheet and cover them with a spoonful of turbinado sugar before baking. They are very very tasty and more appropriate for adult tastes. They are also pretty and old-fashioned looking.
I've been making these particular butter cookies since my 38 year old daughter was born, probably even before that. This recipe is the only butter cookie I make for any and all holidays or just for fun with grandchildren. It's the best! Thanks "Land O Lakes", I'd absolutely love to be working in one of your kitchens. I use YOUR butter for all recipes!
Regards,
Denise L. Myers
the cookies stick to the pan, they do not have a rich taste which i expect from Land O Lakes products
I am an avid cookie baker but usually don't bake cut-out cookies. I tried these butter cookies and they are my new favorites. I haven't iced them yet and they are mostly gone! Absolutely delicious.
I have used this recipe for thirty plus years and it is the best. It doubles with ease and during "high cookie seasons" like Christmas and Easter you can stockpile them in airtight containers because the buttery flavor intensifies as the "age". However, don"t frost them until you are ready to give them away.
I made two batches of these cookies at Christmas and they were an absolute hit. I am getting ready to make two more batches for Valentines Day. I know my family and friends will be happy.
This recipe turned out great! I used a cookie press and they came out perfect. I will be using this recipe for all my future sugar cookies.
We make this recipie every year for Christmas. I've
also made Easter cookies, Halloween cookies, and
shower favors with this recipie. It is an all time family
favorite.
i do not know what happened with the person who stated her cookies melted and ran everywhere, BUT THESE ARE THE BEST, we make them every year at christmas and they are perfect everytime, sometimes we use milk instead of orange juice, they are great, maybe she did not use land o lakes butter
I made this recipe and used a cookie press. What a terrific Christmas cookie!
Absolutely the best sugar cookie recipe. I double the recipe without any problems.
Made these with 2 sets of 2 1/2 year old twins and they turned out great!
This is the recipe I saved from a very old land
o'Lakes carton. It was the best years ago, and
is still the best today!
I used to make these with my mom when I was little. I still have her Land'o'Lake's recipe box and cookie cutters. These are really good and not as sweet as traditional sugar cookies.I've made without OJ in a pinch and they work fine.
I first found this recipe in a little book Land 'O Lakes put out in 1980. It attracted me because the recipe had orange juice in it. I tried it and this has been my Christmas cookie recipe ever since. I don't divide the dough when chilling, I just spoon out enough from the mixer bowl for one roll out and put the rest back in the fridge.
These cookies are awsome!!! After I chill the dough I roll them into balls and take a small cup with a flat bottom dip the cup bottom into water and then colored sugar and press the cookie.
These were wonderful and very easy to make!
These cookies are delicious! They are a little hard to roll out,
so make sure and refrigerate the dough. They are well worth
the effort.
I doubled these,and use a 1-1/2 inch cookie scoop,put cookies in freezer for 15 minutes.I also,divided batch,and had about 1 cup,of fine ground pecans,these were great!!! All cookies,were about 3 inches,and 1/2 inch high,baked about 18 minutes,light colored cookie sheet,cookies were soft,and lightly brown,only around bottom edge.Will use this recipe,many more times,doubled,it made about 5-1/2 dozen.I did,leave the orange juice out,made great "Butter Cookies"!!
My daughters and I just finished making these cookies. They were awesome! We will definitely be making them again.
These were the best sugar cookies I have ever made. Everyone loved them.
Tasty and melt in your mouth!
This is my favorite sugar cookie recipe because it tastes like the sugar cookies my uncle made in my home town's bakery when I was a kid in the 1960's. It is also quick and easy. If rushed, I have even used it as a drop cookie recipe by not rolling them out. Just scoop batter onto a baking sheet, sprinkle with decorator sugar and bake.
This is the only butter cookie I use, but I don't like to roll out cookie dough. I shape dough into rolls, wrap in wax paper or plastic wrap to chill and then slice into cookies to bake. Turns out perfect every time. Also since I'm really not much of a baker, I double this recipe and freeze half of the dough in "rolls" and then bake as needed.
I CANNOTT Bake. I am a country "scratch cook". It's funny that "cooks" usually can't bake and "bakers" usually can't cook...there's lotsa exceptions to the rule, but I am certainly a "cook" that can't bake.
Either way, EVERY time I make these cookies they are foolproof, delicious, and worthy of envy. I have tried and tried to make "sugar cookies", "tea cakes", and every sort of light colored, cookie-shaped confection for years...Everytime I've tried, it's always involved either a smoke detector or a very kind, but obviously displeased test subject. This is the first and ONLY cookie I've EVER made that came out beautifully! Golden brown/light brown bottom, light, DELICIOUS!. I know for a fact that I cannot attribute this feat to my skills as a baker. It's just a dog-gonned good recipe!!
If anyone is interested, this is what I do to them:....instead of cutting them out into cute shapes and decorating them with sugary frosting, I like to do something different: I cut them out by hand, with a butter-knife, into simple, "country" or "old world" shapes and sprinkle them with turbinado sugar before I bake them. When they are done, I pack and stack them up in cup-cake cups into a nice tin and give them away as gifts for Christmas.... Guess what? Everybody all over "heck" and half of Georgia is demanding my "Homemade Danish Butter Cookies" at Christmas time now. Little do they know how EASY they are to make! Try these cookies. They are easy, fun, and you will feel like a superstar when your family and friends start beating your door down wanting some. Thanks L.O.L. !! Hibbibilly from Middle TN
dough was easy to work with and very forgiving, and the flavor was excellent, as you would expect with using Land O Lakes real butter.
I have searched for the perfect cut-out sugar cookie
recipe for years.. This is it! The cookies tasted wonderful,
were perfectly sweet and buttery, and the dough was easy
to work with. I will be using this recipe for every holiday!
One word of caution: These cookies stay very light in
color, even when done baking, so if you're like me and
tend not to use a timer, well, do, because you might over
bake them like I did on my first try! :- The flavor was still
excellent, though I prefer a softer cookie. A MUST TRY!
Came out excellent and great recipe for kids to help with.`
These really are the best butter cookies I've ever had - my family has already requested them for next year!! A winner!
These are superb! Tender and buttery and melt-in-your-mouth delicious. I dipped the ends of some in melted white chocolate and then white sugar crystals for a snow effect...so pretty for Christmas! I rolled the dough to 1/4" rather than thinner and they were tender rather than crisp - just the way we love them! Also, the larger cookies (4") were so tender, they cracked when picked up so I would recommend cutting them with 2" cutters. Absolutely delicious!
I add Almond extract to the cookie recipe especially if adults will be eatting the cookies as well as children. Cookies bake perfectly every time.
I love this recipe...very simple and delicious. The cookies get better daily...I was short on time, so I refrigerated the dough in a log form, then just sliced the dough and baked the cookies. They were great! Now, it's a family favorite!
I make these cookies every year at Christmas and people rave about them. I really believe it is the OJ that makes them so good!!
This cookie tastes amazing! Very easy recipe, i splitting the dough into quarters to refrigerate instead of thirds, and also let the dough warm on the counter for 5 minutes before you try to roll it.
Very VERY good flavour and texture.
I had 2 problems with this recipe 1 I only made 1 batch the 2nd the batch I made I had to give away. I questioned the orange juice but it made such a refresing cooking sooooooooooo good!!!!!!!! Now it's back to the kitchen so I can enjoy them.
The recipe needs more flour. The cookie cutter shapes melted on the pan to a blob. They tasted great, but were not good for rolled cutout cookies.
my grandaughter and i have been making these cookies for the past four christmas
they really are the best ever. we roll out
left over dough and sprinkle with cinnamon &
sugar bake
I just figured it out and I have been making this recipe for about 33 years(I was a teenager). I first got it on a package of Land O Lakes butter and ordered the cookie cutters at that time also. I still use those cutters. My kids and now my grandkids love these cookies.
I have been making these cookies for Christmas at least 20
years. They are great rolled for christmas, sandwiched with
raspberry jam for valentines and with one side dipped in
chocolate for the chocaholic.

I have even rolled logs in red, green or coarse white sugar,
and sliced as refrigerator cookies when pinched for time.
I am 38 years old and we have made these cookies every year at christmas ever since I was a little girl! Everytime I decorate them I feel like I am 8 years old again. They are delicious!!
I have made this recipe many times and always get rave reviews! Only thing I do different is I use almond flavoring in both the cookie and the frosting, rather than using vanilla flavoring.
5 years ago I started a Christmas tradition, baking cookies and having my niece and nephews over to decorate. This is the only recipe I will ever use for rollout cookies. They are a big hit with family and friends.
last christmas, i made several different cut out cookie dough recipes to try to find the best one. this land o lakes recipe really stood out as the winner! i just made them again and still think they are great. very easy to make and the only breaking of dough i had when rolling out was when the dough was still too cold from the refrigerator. i just let it sit for a minute before rolling out. i was able to roll out each piece with out it getting too soft either. i like these best with sugar sprinkles on top before baking.
Great cookie. The dough is a little stiff, but that's what makes it a crisp cookie. Just work with it
The dough was hard to roll out. It kept cracking. But they tasted wonderful.
I bake these cookies all the time!! Whether it be for Christmas, Thanksgiving, whatever, everyone loves them, frosted or plain! I lost the recipe, & frantically searched the internet for it, because I knew only these cookies would do!!!
mmm...good. Fun to decorate with the grandchildren as well as all the big hugs you get!
I have made these cookies for years, Christmas wreaths, Superbowl footballs, Easter bunnies, etc. etc. Whenever we have a party our guests always ask if I made "The Cookies" they NEVER last and everyone LOVES them. They are a bit of work but a great project to do with the kiddies. These are too too good!
I've made these cookies for Santa,co-workers,teachers you name it. They always get a gold star. I will make them for many occassions to come.

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