The smell of fresh cookies right out of the oven is just excellent and heartwarming.

Baking cookies is one of my favorite activities during the Holiday Season.

Butter cookies are buttery, tender cookies that can be enjoyed by themselves or with your favorite cup of tea or coffee.

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butter cookies

Soft and rich in flavor, those delicious butter cookies will become your holiday standard.

With the help of only five ingredients, which are staples in your pantry, and twenty minutes, from beginning to end, you will enjoy pure bliss.

They make the best hostess gift or cookie exchange.

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What makes Butter Cookies so unique?

Soft tender and only 5 ingredients, one being water. Those little divine morsels of sweet goodness will please everyone in your family.

Adding a hint of almond extract and will bring those cookies to the next level.

Bite into those soft pillowy cookies, and you will never be the same. Delicate and full of flavor.

Your house will have that wonderful scent that will lead everyone to your kitchen. However, watch out as they seem to disappear when left unattended.

Butter cookies on a cake stand with Christmas decorations around it.

Ingredients needed to make these butter cookies

Unsalted butter – I always use unsalted butter in my cooking or baking to control the amount of sodium. Salted butter not only adds too much salt to your dish, but it changes the flavor.

Flour – All-purpose, unbleached. Sift before using.

Sugar – granulated sugar

Almond extract – gives it a wonderful flavor to the cookies

Water – to keep your cookies moist

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Equipment Needed

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Mixing bowl – to combine all your ingredients

Cookie sheet – to bake your cookies

Fork – to create the indent on the top of. your cookies

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Baking tips

Work all the ingredients in a bowl. The butter will tend to soften, therefore do not manipulate them too long.

Those cookies should not look golden on the top at all. As you know your oven best, the timing is a guide to you.

Do press lightly with the fork but do not go thru.

Use a Silpat or parchment sheet to cover your cookie sheet.

Can I make the dough ahead of time?

Yes! if you want to make the cookie dough ahead of time, you can store it in the refrigerator, wrapped in plastic wrap, for up to two days.

How to store butter cookies

Once the cookies are baked, they can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature. They will last up to a week.

I am not particularly eager to freeze them as they will lose the buttery softness once defrosted.

Chef’s Tip

Make a lot of them, as they tend to disappear under your watchful eyes.

Butter Cookies

5 from 42 votes
butter cookies
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 24 cookies
Those little divine morsels of sweet goodness will please everyone in your family


  • 8 ounces unsalted butter
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • ½ teaspoon almond extract
  • 2 cups flour


  • Add ingredients, flour last, and work with a fork. Make little balls and flatten with the back of a fork in a buttered cookie sheet.
  • Bake at 325° for 10 minutes.


Calories: 733kcal | Carbohydrates: 72g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 46g | Saturated Fat: 29g | Cholesterol: 121mg | Sodium: 8mg | Potassium: 80mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 25g | Vitamin A: 1415IU | Calcium: 23mg | Iron: 2.9mg

Giangi’s Kitchen provides nutritional information, but these figures should be considered estimates, as a registered dietician does not calculate them.

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Recipe originally published on 12/21/2012