Wednesday, 21 December 2011

Best Ever Butter Cookie

I’ve been making these butter cookies every Christmas for over 10 years.  They are the best – simple, buttery, and very addictive.  My friends are huge fans – some would say these are their favorite out of all the cookies I make.  The secret ingredient is the vanilla syrup – instead of using vanilla extract, I use vanilla syrup that coffee shops use to flavor their coffee.  I used to decorate these cookies with icing, but now I prefer to sprinkle decorations before baking.

Butter Cookies
1 cup butter
1 ¼ cup sifted icing sugar
2 Tablespoon vanilla syrup
1 egg
2 ½ cups flour
½ teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon salt

1.       Cream butter and sugar until fluffy.
2.       Beat in vanilla syrup and eggs.
3.       Whisk flour, baking soda, and salt in a bowl.  Gradually add into butter mixture.
4.       Wrap dough in plastic wrap and chill in the refrigerator for 3 hours or overnight. You can also freeze the dough for up to 6 months.
5.       To bake, preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
6.       Roll out dough to ¼ inch thickness or less, and cut shapes with cookie cutters.
7.       Place on an ungreased cookie sheet and add decorations (if desired).
8.       Bake for 4-6 minutes, or until the edges are slightly golden.
9.       If decorating with royal icing, ice after the cookies have cooled completely. 

Before baking.
I made sent some of these cookies to my friend in Toronto.  Here’s how I packaged them.
All ready for more newspaper to cushion the cookies.

Verdict: Delicious as always! Even better the next day as the flavours become more prominent.


  1. These delicious little butter cookies made with powdered sugar, butter, and vanilla are really easy to mix and bake. These are the perfect cookies for a Christmas or holiday party or gathering. These are sweet and buttery with wonderfully crisp edges. Thanks a lot.

  2. Congratulations for yout blog!!.
    Full of delicious and interesting recipes.
    I recommend Quesadilla.

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  4. Salted or Unsalted Butter?