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Butter Cookies


One of my DSC_0608favorite holiday memories is of my mama in the kitchen baking cookies. She has always been known for her cookies—makes them every year. People we know are always excited to see my mom  and dad coming with a plate at Christmas—that means that they are getting cookies!

They are the best butter cookies in the world. Not only do they taste yummy, but she always made them look adorable too. Sometimes they would just have sugar sprinkled on the top, but most of the time, these cookies got the royal treatment—Frosting!! To me, the frosting is what makes these cookies stand out. They taste delicious either way, but the frosting lets you get  creative with the cookie. The one that still stands out for me is the Santa cookies. They were huge cookies—a giant Santa head. They had red hats, with a dollop of white at the bottom. The beards were white and the face was made with raisin eyes and a candied cherry for the mouth. I thought they were they best things in the world, and mama made them every year. I think that the only reason she kept making them was because I liked them.

Once I got to be of cookie baking age ( you know–when I was more of a help than a pain), I would help make them. I know that my love of baking came from my mama. I would watch as she rolled them out and used the cutters to make all of the shapes. I still like how a ball of dough can be turned into a cookie in a few steps!DSC_0602

Since I am all grown up now (I think!), I make the cookies too. I make them all the time—Halloween, Christmas, Easter, birthdays. I love cookie cutters and  am always thinking of ways that I can use my cookie cutters to make these  cookies. Of course, my husband loves it when I find a reason to make them. He always comes in the kitchen trying to sneak a cookie—or two, or six!

With the holidays coming up, I thought that I could share the recipes for these cookies. Maybe they can start some family memories for you too! Enjoy!!


Butter Cookies

4 sticks of butter (Yep…a whole pound!) 🙂

1 1/3 cups of sugar (it’s ok to heap them a little)

4-5 cups of flour (start with 4 and then add as needed)

Preheat oven to 350°

Whip butter and sugar with the paddle attachment until white and fluffy. Add flour gradually until you have the right mix. You don’t want them to be sticky, or too crumbly because of too much flour. DSC_0604

Remove dough from mixing bowl and shape into a ball. Wrap half of the ball in  plastic and set aside. Take the other half and roll out to about 1/2 inch thick with your rolling pin. I always flour my board and sprinkle some on the top before I roll them out. If the dough sticks to your rolling pin, spread some flour on the pin. Once you have the dough rolled out, use your favorite cooDSC_0594kie cutters to make your cookies.

Place cookies on ungreased cookie sheet and bake for 10-12 minutes @ 350°. Cool completely before frosting. (if you want to sprinkle with sugars instead of frosting, do so before you bake)

Butter Cookie Frosting

1stick of butter at room temp.

3 1/2 cups of powdered sugar siftedDSC_0601

1 tsp. vanilla

1/3 cup milk

Whip butter, sugar and vanilla until fluffy. Add milk until you get the spreading consistency you want. Use colored gels to get the color you want.


Some fall cookies that I just made all frosted and ready to go! Aren’t they cute?!?


5 Comments leave one →
  1. Mama permalink
    10/10/2009 8:08 pm

    You are my Lovey! I haven’t cried this hard since the Bridal Luncheon. Thank you for the “sweet” words but the truth is I baked because I loved you, you are so much better than I ever was because you Love to bake! You can taste it in every yummy bite! ILY M

    • permalink
      10/12/2009 2:42 am

      Meg- how well do cupcakes and cookies ship across the country? Reading about how you learned to bake was like reading “One of the reasons I love my Mama.” You two are certainly cut out of the same cookie dough! Congratulations on Lovey Cakes. Rick

  2. Meg permalink*
    10/12/2009 6:17 am

    Y’all are so sweet! Thanks for being my first visitors!!

  3. Marge permalink
    11/02/2009 9:45 am

    Thanks so much for giving your contact information to Pat Seay for me. Your butter cookies are absoutely delicious and I am anxious to make a batch and mail them to my grandaughter who is away at college. Thanks for making them available.


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