Versatile Butter Cookies

Versatile Butter Cookies Recipes
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7 Reviews
This cookie recipe includes many easy variations to the traditional butter cookie.
40 min
Prep Time
1:15
Total Time
60 cookies

Ingredients

1 1/2 cups
sugar
1 cup
Land O Lakes® Butter, softened
2
large Land O Lakes® Eggs
3 cups
all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon
baking soda
1 teaspoon
vanilla extract

Directions

  1. Heat oven to 400°F.
  2. Combine sugar, butter and eggs in large bowl. Beat at medium speed, scraping bowl often, until creamy. Add all remaining ingredients; beat at low speed, scraping bowl often, until well mixed.
  3. Divide dough in half; prepare desired variations using half of dough for each variation. Bake 7-10 minutes or until edges are lightly browned. 
  4. Variations:

    Cinnamon ‘N Sugar: Shape rounded teaspoonfuls of dough into 1-inch balls; dip in mixture of 2 tablespoons sugar and 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon or decorator sugar. Place 2 inches apart onto ungreased cookie sheets.

    Cherry Chocolate Bits: Stir in 1/4 cup chopped or grated semi-sweet chocolate. Shape rounded teaspoonfuls of dough into 1-inch balls. Place 2 inches apart onto ungreased cookie sheets. Press 1 drained maraschino cherry half into center of each ball.

    Coconut Balls: Stir in 1/2 cup flaked coconut. Shape rounded teaspoonfuls of dough into 1-inch balls. Place 2 inches apart onto ungreased cookie sheets. After baking, dip in powdered sugar to coat.

    Spice Drops: Shape rounded teaspoonfuls of dough into 1-inch balls. Place 2 inches apart onto ungreased cookie sheets. Press cut spice gumdrops into each ball.

Recipe Tips

Nutrition Facts (1 cookie)

Calories
70
Cholesterol
15mg
Carbohydrates
10g
Protein
1g
Fat
3g
Sodium
50mg
Dietary Fiber
0g

Recipe Comments and Reviews

Rating

MY FAMILY LOVES THIS RECIPE! Before I get the second batch out of the oven, the first batch is gone. I really like the fact that it's a basic recipe that allows me to be more creative. I have made this a lot over the years and it has always been a hit. My fathers-in-law said the plain version tasted just like the recipe his grandmother used to make that they called Tea cakes. These are great to take to a cookie swap party because 'they make such a large batch and with so many variations, there's a taste for everyone. I made them for a cookie swap at work and made plain, cinnamon/sugar, decorative sugar & coconut/powdered sugar. These were they only cookies there to go quickly, even over the homemade chocolate chip. This recipe is a staple in my recipe collection and I share it every chance I get. Thank you Land O Lakes!

Rating

Tried Cinnamon n' Sugar variation as well. Want a stronger cinnamon taste. Will increase cinnamon next time.

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Not the best. I would not recommend this recipe. The oven temperature to be used I think is too high. The taste was so so.

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We could not use this dough immediately--had to refrigerate, which disappointed the kids. Flavor was just ok. I have lots of better recipes.

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I tried all of the variations here except "spice drops," and instead added ¾ C of M&Ms to that batch. Those went the quickest, but even friends who normally don't like coconut liked that variation. Excellent basic cookie batter.

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This was quick easy and extremely tasty. My grandbaby loved them.

Rating

Very easy (no rolling), kids can help by rolling into balls and dropping on cookie sheet. True to it's name, versatile, can make many variations from same dough.

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