Old-Fashioned Butter Cookies
Old-Fashioned Butter Cookies Recipe

Old-Fashioned Butter Cookies

Passed down for four generations, these buttery sugar cookies bring back fond memories of Grandma's cookie jar.

30 min
60 min


1 cup Land O Lakes® Butter, softened

3/4 cup sugar

2 large Land O Lakes® Eggs (yolks only)

1 teaspoon vanilla

2 cups all-purpose flour

1/4 teaspoon salt


Pecan halves

How to make

  1. STEP 1

    Heat oven to 350°F.

  2. STEP 2

    Combine butter, sugar, egg yolks and vanilla in bowl. Beat at medium speed, scraping bowl often, until well mixed. Add flour and salt; beat at low speed, scraping bowl often, until well mixed.

  3. STEP 3

    Shape dough into 1-inch balls. Place 2 inches apart onto ungreased cookie sheets. Flatten balls to 1/4-inch thickness with bottom of glass dipped in sugar. Place pecan half in center of each cookie.

  4. STEP 4

    Bake 10-12 minutes or until edges are lightly browned. Cool 1 minute on cookie sheets; remove to cooling rack.

Tip #1

Cookies can be flattened with decorative cookie stamp instead of glass.


5Fat (mg)
30Cholesterol (mg)
80Sodium (mg)
12Carbohydrates (g)
0Dietary Fiber
1Protein (g)


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  November 30, 2017

I made these today. They were just like grandmom used to make!

— says Marie Manherz
ChallengingA breeze
Probably NotAbsolutely!
  August 27, 2015

Delicious and easy to make! They remind me of Scottish shortbread, or if I added chopped almonds and a dash of almond extract, my mom's favorite Crescent cookie. Next time I'll make a double batch and use a bigger cookie scoop, because I'm a big guy ;-)

— says Jeffrey
  January 30, 2015

This is it! I found my grandmother's recipe for the best cookies ever. She made them with Ballard Flour which you no longer can get. This is an old recipe, simple, but delicious!!!

— says Rena
  February 11, 2014

This is one of the best cookies I've ever made. The recipe was easy to do and the taste was delicious. The pecan on top just added to the depth of flavor.

— says Joy
  December 17, 2013

followed the recipe exactly, and as i was mixing the dough, thought....seems like too much flour, but i did as was directed anyway.... they taste nice but quite frankly...a bit dry.

— says alice
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