Butter Cookies For Christmas

I have not grown up with Christmas cut-out cookies. My mother and I made such delights as shortbread. Gingersnaps. Ribbon cookies and Raspberry Meringue Kisses which are both too hard to explain here, but we did not roll out dough or frost cookies in bright colors.

So, for the last few years I have taken my favorite food group (that would be butter) and made it into a cookie following the recipe from the classic 1950’s Betty Crocker’s Picture Cookbook which we have used all my life:

What I turn out are these:

They are best with just a sprinkling of raw sugar. As well as a stick of peppermint if you have it.

The recipe is as follows:

Mix together thoroughly 1 C. soft butter, 1/2 C. sugar, 1 egg.

Stir in 3 tsp. of flavoring (vanilla, lemon, etc.)

Sift together and stir in 3 C. flour, 1/2 tsp. baking powder.

Chill dough. Roll very thin. Cut into desired shapes. Place on ungreased baking sheet. If glazed cookie is desired, brush mixture of 1 egg yolk and 2 T. water over top of cookies before baking. Bake at 425F for 5 to 7 minutes. Makes about 7 dozen, 2″ cookies.

Special thanks to Sara for sponsoring this cookie recipe exchange.

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19 thoughts on “Butter Cookies For Christmas”

  1. If I had to pick just ONE cookie to eat, it would be a sugar cookie…and these sound so good. I am not an icing girl (though my family loves the ones in my post), so the raw sugar on these sounds yummy!!!Thanks for joining in!

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  2. This may be the year I do the cut-out cookies Mom used to make for me – and to leave for Santa. They were just extraorindary – you pressed the sugar cookie dough into the red plastic cutters, effectively embossing the cookies as well as cutting them. I still have the cutters and their original box and instructions – "Aunt Chick's Cookies", from Tulsa, OK.The highlight was Santa, with a cute nose, round cheeks, bushy eyebrows and a festive hat – about 5" tall. Mom painted his cheeks red, gave him raisin eyes and frosting eyebrows, a coconut beard and… and…I think I'd better make those cookies for her, don't you?

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  3. Beautiful! I love the simplicity and perfection of these cookies. Bellezza, I hope to try this recipe, as I adore butter cookies, also known as sugar cookies, also known as shortbread (I think). 🙂

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  4. We've been making the same sugar cookie recipe (which came with this weird cookie cutter roller that never worked) since Lee and I got married. It's a strange recipe too — you dissolve the baking powder in milk, rather than adding it to the dry ingredients. They are the first to go on the Christmas cookie list every year. Glad yours came out so beautifully!

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  5. I am totally delighted with your blog. Your beatiful post about cookies invited me in to read more and I couldn't pull away. Yes, butter is indeed a marvelous food group. I look forward to getting to know you.

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  6. These look delicious. I'd especially like to eat a couple (or a dozen!) with a cup of Godiva Hot Chocolate. Hmmm, maybe I should skip housework this Sunday and bake some of these instead. I don't think my hubby would mind one bit! 😉

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  7. I'm ALL with you….butter is my primary food group too. Then sugar… heheh….I love the photo of the old cookbook…..I think I grew up with that one, it was my mom's! Hugs, HeidiI make roll-out sugar cookies ALL the time, don't even bother to frost them most days!

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  8. Hmmh, these look so great! I did grow up with the classic German Christmas cookies. Can't wait to go home next weekend and get started on the Christmas baking 🙂

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  9. This is what happens when I take a blogging break! I miss out on a cookie exchange? I wonder if I might have a similar Betty Crocker book. I know mine is a bit older (at least 70s because it talks about "new" microwave recipes), but I'll have to see if there's one in my book. We just had our annual family bake day on Saturday, but I might NEED to sneak in some additional butter cookies as well. These look beautiful.

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