Decorated Butter Cookies Recipe

Fun Time Butter Cookies

This easy butter cookie can be decorated using your favorite sugars or candies.

20 min. prep time
36 cookies
13413 Ratings


3/4 cups sugar
1/2 cup Land O Lakes® Butter, softened
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
Decorator sprinkles and/or sugars


Heat oven to 400°F. Combine sugar, butter and egg in large bowl. Beat at medium speed, scraping bowl often, until well mixed. Add all remaining ingredients; beat at low speed, scraping bowl often, until well mixed.

Shape dough into 1-inch balls; roll in decorator sprinkles or sugar as desired. Place 2 inches apart onto ungreased cookie sheets. Flatten slightly with bottom of glass dipped in sugar. Bake 6-8 minutes or until edges are lightly browned. Immediately remove from cookie sheet to cooling rack.

Store in container with tight-fitting lid up to 3 days or freeze up to 2 months.

Cinnamon ‘n Sugar: Omit decorator sprinkles and/or sugars.
Shape dough into 1-inch balls; roll in mixture of 2 tablespoons sugar and 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon. Place 2 inches apart onto ungreased cookie sheets. Flatten slightly with bottom of glass dipped in sugar. Bake as directed.

Chocolate Toffee: Omit decorator sprinkles and/or sugars. Prepare dough as directed above; stir in 1/2 cup milk chocolate toffee bits. Shape dough into 1-inch balls; roll in sugar. Place 2 inches apart onto ungreased cookie sheets. Flatten slightly with bottom of glass dipped in sugar. Bake as directed.

Candy: Omit decorator sprinkles and/or sugars. Shape dough into 1-inch balls; roll in sugar. Place 2 inches apart onto ungreased cookie sheets. Flatten slightly with bottom of glass dipped in sugar. Top with candy-coated milk chocolate pieces. Bake as directed.

Glazed: Omit decorator sprinkles and/or sugars. Shape dough into 1-inch balls. Place 2 inches apart onto ungreased cookie sheets. Bake as directed. Place 1/2 cup chocolate chips into small resealable plastic food bag. Microwave 30 seconds; knead bag. Continue microwaving at 15 second intervals, kneading bag until chocolate is smooth. Cut tiny corner from bag; drizzle cookies with chocolate.

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Nutrition Facts (1 cookie)

Calories: 60

Fat: 2.5g

Cholesterol: 15mg

Sodium: 40mg

Carbohydrates: 8g

Dietary Fiber: 0g

Protein: <1g

Recipe #11739©2001Land O'Lakes, Inc.

Recipe Comments & Reviews

Delicious and easy! Will definitely try the other versions of this cookie!
It was quite easy to make. But it did not taste buttery and it was kind of bland tasting.
I really wanted to love this one, but just can't. For some reason they were very flat and had a strange taste, almost like a tin taste. I am a professional cook/baker and haven't ever had this problem in the past with sugar cookies...sorry but not a great one for me.
The recipie is very good once you make the dough it is not very much they are very easy to make and taste great
A quick, easy recipe. My daughter and her friend made 5 different variations - two different sprinkles, toffee chips and drizzled choc, cinnamon & sugar, and candy coated pieces. With the double batch they had a beautiful cookie tray for a party! Will be making again very soon.
I bake cookies for the ladies at work and this one was one of the best. They were all gone before the end of the work week. They were simple to make and oh so delicious. The only thing I changed was, rather than rolling the entire cookie in the decorator sprinkles, I dipped the top of the cookie into the sprinkles. And rather that flatten with the bottom of a glass, I used the pointy side of a meat tenderizer. That added a little bit of pizzazz to the look.
I love this yummy recipe! It is so good and easy to make and can be adapted to any season just by using different colored sprinkles or sugars or other decorations! =:

Very easy to make and tasted great. Appealed to young children as well as teenagers. I made 28 nice sized cookies from this recipe.
Quick, easy, cute, tasty and cheap! What else could you ask for? My family loved them.
My three year old has been asking me to make these cookies
since he saw the commercial on tv. I finally got around to
making half the recipe, and both my three and seven year
olds have declared that they're the "best cookies ever."
These cookies were so easy to make. Everyone LOVES them. I will have to say that these are the best cookies I've ever baked. Tip- if you make your dough balls too big, the cookies come out HUGE! I topped with M&Ms one batch and sprinkles on the next. They don't have that strange sugar cookie taste that lingers in your mouth either.
Simple, delicious and cute cookies!

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