Best Ever Butter Cookies
Best Ever Butter Cookies

Best Ever Butter Cookies

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

The Story Behind the Recipe
36
cookies
1 hr
PREP TIME
03 hrs 10 min
TOTAL TIME

Ingredients

Cookie

1 cup Land O Lakes® Butter softened

1 cup sugar

1 large Land O Lakes® Egg

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

How to make

  1. STEP 1

    Combine 1 cup 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.

  2. STEP 2

    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.

  3. STEP 3

    Heat oven to 400°F.

  4. STEP 4

    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.

  5. STEP 5

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

  6. STEP 6

    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.

Tip #1

VariationBest Ever Butter Cookies with Glaze
Prepare 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.


Tip #2

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

Nutrition

150Calories
7Fat (mg)
25Cholesterol (mg)
70Sodium (mg)
21Carbohydrates (g)
0Dietary Fiber
1Protein (g)

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  May 27, 2017

I didn't make the frosting or the glaze, but this recipe for the cookies themselves are good enough to eat as is, and I really enjoyed this recipe! I didn't use cookie-cutters and instead just rolled out the dough into balls by hand. This is a wonderful recipe and I highly recommend it because the cookies turned out to be delicious.

— says Stephanie
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  March 01, 2017

I loved making these with my grandson. I see that some people say they used vanilla and almond extract. I'd like to try that. What proportions of each extract should I use?

— says Anne
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