Recipe Collection: Butter Cookies

So it was almost Easter and we’d had sort of a rough day.  I was really wanting to be more positive and hands-on, but I was just so tired (fighting off a cold — quite successfully, actually, as my only symptom was a slight sore throat in the evenings — but it made me very tired nonetheless, and impatient).  Ultimately I decided to bite the bullet and just make the cookie dough.  Then when the kids were driving me crazy I’d have something yummy and at least slightly productive to engage them in.  This dough can be rolled and cut and they know where the cookie cutters are.  They like this idea.

I made some of my buttercream frosting to go on top — mostly just because I wanted to.  If you missed that one last week, go back and read it now.  It is probably unlike anything you’ve ever read and it is low in sugar (and can be made with honey and other “sugars” too).  Besides, just think about it.  Tender, lightly sweet, buttery cookies…topped with creamy, lightly sweet, buttery frosting.  Win.

Luckily, these are pretty simple too.  Yet…fun.  Because like I said, they can be rolled and cut and decorated.  Perfect for the kids.


  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 3/4 c. sucanat
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1/2 tsp. sea salt
  • 1/4 tsp. baking soda
  • 2 c. unbleached or sprouted flour


Add your butter to a large glass bowl.

Dump the sucanat on top.

Cream these together until soft and fluffy and light brown in color.

Add egg yolk.

Add vanilla, salt, and baking soda.

Stir together thoroughly.  Now, add flour.

Stir until a stiff, smooth dough forms.

Refrigerate for at least an hour (although I baked the first few without doing so and they worked just fine — the dough is just harder to work with).  Let it soften on the counter for about 10 minutes.  Roll it out as desired, then bake at 350 for 8 – 10 minutes.

Decorate with buttercream frosting if desired. :)

**This post has been entered in Pennywise Platters Thursday.**

What’s your favorite way to serve cookies?


  1. Amanda says

    These are delicious! I made some today and they came out wonderfully. The only thing I did differently was to divide the dough in half before refrigerating and mix in a heaping spoonful of peanut butter to half of it (I didn’t measure, probably about 1/4 – 1/3 cup). Then I refrigerated the halves separately and cooked up a batch of PB and a batch of regular once they were chilled… they were both fantastic! Hoping to try the frosting next time but I ran out of butter :)


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