Best Ever Vanilla Butter Cookies
Vanilla Butter Cookies Recipes

Best Ever Vanilla Butter Cookies

Bake these festive, crisp, buttery cut-out cookies and decorate them with a tinted glaze for any occasion.

The Story Behind the Recipe
36
cookies
1 hr
PREP TIME
09 hrs 25 min
TOTAL TIME

Ingredients

Cookie

1 cup Land O Lakes® Butter softened

1 cup sugar

1 large Land O Lakes® Egg

2 tablespoons milk

1 tablespoon vanilla

2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon baking powder

Glaze

2 1/2 cups powdered sugar

2 tablespoons water

1 tablespoon Land O Lakes® Butter softened

1 tablespoon light corn syrup

1/2 teaspoon vanilla, if desired

Food color, if desired

 

Decorator candies, sugars, etc., if dersired

How to make

  1. STEP 1

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

  2. STEP 2

    Divide dough in thirds. Shape each third into a ball on plastic food wrap. Wrap in plastic food wrap; flatten to 1/2 inch. Refrigerate 2-3 hours or until firm.

  3. STEP 3

    Heat oven to 400°F.

  4. STEP 4

    Roll out dough on lightly floured surface, one-third at a time (keeping remaining dough refrigerated), to 1/8 to 1/4-inch thickness. Cut with cookie cutters. Place 1 inch apart on ungreased cookie sheets. Bake 6-10 minutes or until edges are lightly browned. Cool completely.

  5. STEP 5

    Combine powdered sugar, water, 1 tablespoon butter, corn syrup and 1/2 teaspoon vanilla in bowl; mix until powdered sugar is moistened. Beat at medium speed until smooth, adding additional water if necessary, to reach desired glazing consistency. Tint with food color, if desired.

  6. STEP 6

    Glaze cooled cookies. Add decorator candies, if desired. Let stand 6 hours or overnight until glaze is hardened.

Nutrition

130Calories
5Fat (mg)
20Cholesterol (mg)
50Sodium (mg)
20Carbohydrates (g)
0Dietary Fiber
1Protein (g)

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  February 12, 2017

First, I would say if one didn't have the ingredients for the recipe and made substitutes, it's not really fair to rate the recipe...after all, you didn't really make it. That said, this is absolutely the BEST cut out cookie there is and the glaze works wonderfully and dries nice and hard so you can take them without worrying about damage. This is my "go to" cookie for holidays and special occassions. Everyone absolutely loves them.

— says Linda
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  July 03, 2011

Without butter and milk, i had to supplement it with butter flavor crisco, and unsweetened almond butter. With that, i baked them and all ended very well. These cookies tasted great with the glaze and a few decorative candies, they are diefinitly something i will put in the recipie box and make again :)

— says bb
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