This recipe makes four rich and buttery old-fashioned butter cookies and is incredibly easy to make! You need just three basic ingredients plus a bowl, a spoon, and a baking sheet. Fresh butter cookies are a mere 30 minutes away. Use a fun cookie cutter shape or the rim of a glass to cut out the cookies. These cookies have just the right amount of crispy texture and rich buttery flavor.

Plate of four stacked butter cookies on a small plate.

Ingredients Notes

The ingredients include standard white granulated sugar and all-purpose flour. I pay more attention to the butter. I like to use European butter for its higher butter-fat content. For this bake, I use Lucerne European-style butter. However, there is no need to buy a special butter. A standard butter works just fine, maybe just a bit less rich.

  • Optional ingredients include adding some finely chopped walnuts or a few mini chocolate chips!
  • The recipe can also be doubled or tripled!

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Daisy shaped baked butter cookies on parchment lines baking sheet.

Old Fashioned Butter Cookies

This is no-fuss easy recipe! Just like Mom made with just 3 simple ingredients.
5 from 2 votes
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Course: Dessert for One
Cuisine: Austrian
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 11 minutes
Chill Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 31 minutes
Servings: 2 servings
Calories: 363kcal
Author:Sydney Dawes




  • Heat oven to 350 degrees F.
  • I n a medium size bowl combine the butter and sugar and use a spoon to mix until creamy. Add in the flour and mix until a dough ball forms.
  • Place dough on a lightly floured pastry board and roll out to about 1/4 inch thickness.Use a 1 ½-2 inch cookie cutter to cut the dough and place on a parchment lined baking sheet
  • Bake for 9-11 minutes until set, cookies should have a very light brown around the edges only.


The most important thing to know for making perfect butter cookies is the quality and temperature of the butter. High-quality butter is key because it significantly impacts the flavor and texture of your cookies. Room temperature butter is ideal; it should be soft enough to cream smoothly with sugar but not so warm that it becomes oily or melts. This ensures your cookies will have the right balance of crispiness and tenderness. Creaming the butter and sugar properly until light and fluffy incorporates air into the dough, leading to a finer texture in the finished cookies.


Serving: 2cookies | Calories: 363kcal | Carbohydrates: 36g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 23g | Saturated Fat: 15g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 6g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 61mg | Sodium: 183mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 12g
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How to Make Butter Cookies

Butter cookie dough ball in clear bowl.

Heat oven to 350. Cream the butter and sugar, mix in the flour, and stir until a dough ball forms.

Butter cookie dough rolled out and cut out in daisy shape.

Place dough on a lightly floured pastry board and roll out to about 1/4 inch thickness. Use a cookie cutter to cut the dough and place it on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Chill in the refrigerator for 15 minutes.

Bake for 9-11 minutes until set, cookies should have a very light brown around the edges only

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