Creamy Butter Cookies

Creamy Butter Cookies - 25 Days of Christmas -

Day 3:  25 Days of Christmas – Cookie Style

I have had this recipe in my recipe book for years now.  It has been a part of my holiday cookie platters the last few years!  I honestly have no clue where it originated from, but I highly recommend this cookie.  The name of the cookie says it all — creamy, buttery goodness.  Simple to make — Plus, this is a good recipe to have the kids help out and decorate! 

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Creamy Butter Cookies
Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 4 dozen
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened
  • 1½ cup powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 egg
  • 2¼ cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • Color Sanding Sugars for decoration
  1. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a medium size bowl, whisk flour, baking soda, cream of tartar, and salt together. Set aside.
  3. Mix butter, powdered sugar, and vanilla until creamy.
  4. Add egg and mix well. While mixing at low speed, slowly add in flour mixture just until combined.
  5. Using a medium cookie scoop, scoop dough into ¾ inch – 1 inch balls.
  6. Arrange dough at least 2 inches apart onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper (or greased baking sheets). Using a fork, flatten tops of cookies.
  7. Sprinkle tops with colored sanding sugars.
  8. Bake 8-10 minutes until lightly colored on edges.
  9. Cool for 5 minutes; transfer to wire rack to completely cool.


Tip #1:  Store cookies in an airtight container.

Tip #2:  What is the purpose of cream of tartar?  Cream of tartar is an acid that is typically a major component in baking powder.  However, when combined with baking soda, it will ensure baked goods rise well.  It is also sometimes added to candies or frostings to give them a creamier texture because it can help prevent the crystallization of cooked sugar. 

Tip #3:  Looking for a quicker way to soften butter than waiting 30-60 minutes?  Cut the butter into small chunks!!  This will soften much more quickly than the whole stick, especially if placed near the warming stove.  Don’t feel like waiting for that either?  Place the small butter chunks in your stand up mixer.  Blend the butter (by itself) until it softens before adding additional ingredients!

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