Delicious Butter Cookies Recipe – Step by Step Guide

Delicious Butter Cookies Recipe – Step by Step Guide: Delicious butter cookies are hard to top! These seasonal favorites are great year-round, and the dough can be prepared months ahead and baked for an on-demand treat!

The basic tastes and lovely cookie crumb are great. I can eat them in bulk and yet have a bounce since they’re light and not too sweet. 

Delicious Butter Cookies Recipe – Step by Step Guide


  • 2 cups flour 240g
  • 1/2 tsp salt 3g
  • 1 cup unsalted butter 227g
  • 1/2 cup sugar 100g
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract 5mL
  • 1/3 cup sanding sugar
Delicious Butter Cookies Recipe - Guide
Delicious Butter Cookies Recipe – Guide


  1. In a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, cream the butter, salt, and sugar together until light and fluffy.
  2. Add the egg yolks while mixing. Scrape down sides of the bowl.
  3. Add 2 tsp vanilla extract.
  4. Pour in the flour mixture and mix until incorporated.
  5. Roll the dough into a log. Wrap in parchment paper or plastic, then chill it in the refrigerator for at least an hour. I’ve found the best way to keep the dough from flattening out on the bottom is to pop it into an empty cardboard paper towel roll.
  6. Once the dough is chilled sprinkle sanding sugar on a clean surface. Unwrap the dough and roll in the sugar.
  7. Use a sharp knife to cut dough into slices of even thickness.
  8. Place cookies on a parchment-lined baking sheet and bake at 350F for 10-12 minutes or until the edge is JUST turning golden brown.


  • Serving: 28 g
  • Calories: 102 kcal
  • Carbohydrates: 27g
  • Protein: 3g
  • Fat: 8g
  • Saturated Fat: 5g
  • Cholesterol: 34 mg
  • Sodium: 80 mg
  • Potassium: 30mg
  • Fiber: 1g
  • Sugar: 8g
  • Vitamin A: 255 IU
  • Calcium: 7 mg
  • Iron: 1mg


Q1. What’s The Best Butter To Use For These Cookies?

I always recommend using unsalted butter when baking. Not because you don’t want salt but because each brand of butter will add different amounts of salt to their product. The best way to control the ingredient is to add the salt yourself.

A butter made from the milk of cows allowed to graze on grass will in my opinion have a nicer more buttery taste but use any brand you love. 

Q2. Why Should You Chill Cookie Dough?

Chilling the dough intensifies flavors and dehydrates the dough giving you a more flavorful cookie that will better hold it’s shape in the oven. The cookies spread less as the fats are hardened and take longer to melt in the oven.

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