Butter Cookies

Homemade Christmas Butter Cookies are a must-make for the holidays! Soft and tender with amazing buttery flavor, and a festive presentation. 

but cookies with multi colored sprinkles stacked on a tray

Butter Cookies will be a huge hit on your Christmas tray this year, especially with Christmas sprinkles. Looking for other festive Christmas cookies? Add some variety to your cookie tray with these Pinwheel Christmas Cookies, Candy Cane Cookies, and Ricotta Cookies.

These cookies are light and fluffy in texture, with a slightly crisp exterior. They are similar to the Danish Butter Cookies you can get in a tin around the holidays, but trust me – you won’t need those anymore after you try this homemade version.

christmas butter cookies on a tray with pine branches
Table of Contents
  1. Why We Love Butter Cookies
  2. Ingredients
  3. How to Make Butter Cookies
  4. Frequently Asked Questions
  5. How To Serve
  6. Expert Tips
  7. Expert Tips
  8. Storage
  9. More Cookie Recipes You’ll Love
  10. Butter Cookies Recipe

Why We Love Butter Cookies

  • Only 10-20 minutes of chill time needed.
  • Easy to make and freeze to enjoy year round or give as gifts.
  • Use sprinkles or melted chocolate to add variety and make them festive and fun for the holidays.

Ingredients

You only need 7 simple ingredients to make festive Christmas Butter Cookies!

  • Butter – I prefer to use unsalted butter when baking so I can control the salt amount.
  • White Granulated Sugar – do not use powdered sugar.
  • Egg – room temperature is best.
  • Vanilla Extract – I recommend using pure vanilla extract if you have it, as it gives the best flavor.
  • All-Purpose Flour – while you are free to try them, I have not tested this recipe with gluten free flours.
  • Salt – just a pinch to balance the sweetness.
  • Milk
  • Sprinkles – optional, but are fun and make the butter cookies extra festive!

How to Make Butter Cookies

These cookies are made from a simple one-bowl dough, just a few minutes of mixing, and only 10 minutes of baking!

Prep. Start by preheating the oven and lining a baking sheet with parchment paper. 

Mix dough. Using a stand mixer, or a large bowl with an electric mixer, mix together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy, then add egg, vanilla, flour and salt. Be careful not to overmix. Add the milk, just a tablespoon at a time, to get the dough to be a piping consistency. 

dough in a glass bowl

Pipe Cookies – Add the dough to piping bags and pipe into small circles on the lined baking sheet. I recommend sticking the sheet in the fridge to chill for 10-20 minutes to set the shape.

two image collage of butter cookies piped onto a cookie sheet

Bake – Bake for about 10 minutes or until the edges turn just golden brown. Remove from the oven and let cool.

baked butter cookies on a cookie sheet

Frequently Asked Questions

Why did my cookies spread?

To prevent your cookies from spreading, make sure you chill the cookies after piping and before baking. If they still spread after chilling, then the dough needs a little more flour (or less milk).

What is the best butter to use for cookies?

I recommend using unsalted butter for your cookies so you can control the amount of salt in the recipe. As far as brands go, I personally use Kirkland brand and buy it in bulk. I have found that it’s just a good as other, more expensive butters on the market.

How To Serve

Store and serve at room temperature. We love to make a tray with a variety of festive, holiday cookies. A cookie tray is great to not only serve to guests but you can also build a tray, cover with plastic or cellophane wrap, and give as gifts.

butter cookies for chrismtas

Expert Tips

Expert Tips

  • Chill the Dough – In order to keep the right shape, the cookie dough needs to be chilled before baking (after piping). This is key. So pipe the dough onto the baking sheet then pop in the fridge to chill
  • Test a spoonful of dough in piping bag – To make sure your dough is the right consistency, you can add a small spoonful to the piping bag to test that it can be piped through before adding all of the dough.
  • Dip in chocolate – For a fun spin, you can dip half of each cookie in melted chocolate and then top with sprinkles. Place the dipped cookies on wax paper to set.

Storage

These cookies can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature. They’ll keep fresh for about 5-7 days.

You can also freeze them for up to 6-8 months. Store in a plastic freezer bag or airtight container. Thaw at room temperature.

butter cookies, sprinkles
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Butter Cookies

Homemade Christmas Butter Cookies are a must-make for the holidays! Soft and tender with amazing buttery flavor, and a festive presentation. 
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 12 mins
Total Time 47 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 24 cookies
Calories 142kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 1 cup unsalted butter softened
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 2-4 tablespoons milk

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and prepare a baking sheet by lining with parchment paper. Set aside.
  • In a large bowl or stand mixer, mix the butter and sugar on medium low speed until light and fluffy.
  • Add the egg and vanilla and continue beating on medium low speed until smooth.
  • Slowly add the flour and salt just until fully incorporated – do not overmix.
  • Add the milk 1 tablespoon at a time, using the minimum amount possible to reach a piping consistency.
  • Place the batter in a piping bag, and pipe small circles onto the prepared baking sheet. Add sprinkles if desired. Chill the baking sheets in the refrigerator for at least 20-30 minutes.
  • Bake in the preheated oven for 10 minutes or until the edges of the cookies begin to turn golden brown.
  • Remove from the oven and cool completely before serving.

Notes

These cookies can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature. They’ll keep fresh for about 5-7 days.
You can also freeze them for up to 6-8 months. Store in a plastic freezer bag or airtight container. Thaw at room temperature.

Nutrition

Calories: 142kcalCarbohydrates: 16gProtein: 1gFat: 8gSaturated Fat: 5gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 27mgSodium: 53mgPotassium: 18mgFiber: 1gSugar: 8gVitamin A: 248IUCalcium: 6mgIron: 1mg
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Kristin Maxwell

Kristin Maxwell is the creator and main recipe developer, writer, and photographer of Yellow Bliss Road. A self-taught cook and self-appointed foodie, she specializes in easy, flavorful and approachable recipes for any home cook.

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  1. God bless you! I have spent years trying to find that to die for Christmas cookie recipe and this is it. I have changed the name to “slap your momma good butter cookies!” Thank you for making the recipe so easy to increase. I almost thought about telling my friends and family that I burned the cookies so I didn’t have to share, but I decided to make more instead. 😅