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Butter Cookies Recipe


Butter Cookies Recipe

10 oz butter (2 1/2 sticks)
1 tablespoon Pam cooking spray (for baking), optional
1 egg yolk
3 oz + 1 tablespoon powdered sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
11 oz all-purpose flour
4 oz corn starch
2 tablespoons full cream milk/whole milk
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract


Cream butter with spray, sugar, egg yolk, salt and vanilla extract until fluffy. Add in milk and mix well.

Fold in multi-purpose flour and corn starch. Mix until dough become soft and not stick on hands.

Preheat oven to 350 degree Fahrenheit. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper. Roll the dough to 1/4 inch thick. Cut into rounds or whatever shapes you wish using cookie cutters. Place the cookies on the prepared baking sheets and place in the refrigerator for about 15 minutes. This will firm up the dough so the cookies will maintain their shape when baked.

Bake for 15 minutes, or until cookies are lightly brown. Cool on rack.

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76 COMMENTS... read them below or add one

  1. The Purple Foodie

    I love a goof butter cookie – delicate, light golden and full of childhood memories. I feel like baking them right away.

  2. Marie M.

    How on earth does one measure cooking spray? Seems impossible? Could you substitute another oil? Those cookies look so cute and yummy.

  3. nettles

    Just wondering, how many does this recipe make? And what size are your cutters?

    And thank you for weight measurements! Flour can be tricky. I ended up with a strange [but delicious] shortbread rendition once.

  4. PL Leong

    Had just found your blog & I am thoroughly enjoying it. If we don’t have the spray, can we omit it or replace with margarine?


  5. yanlin


    I have tried to butter cookies recipes so far. One from the joy of baking website and another from a blog i chanced upon. the 2nd recipe only called for flour, butter and egg and caster sugar. And personally, i feel that it tasted better. it has a stronger butter taste, not covered by the taste from the vanilla extract. I am also very intrigued by how the proportions of the ingredients are so different. Anyone care to explain? And maybe someone could try the recipe too? Would like to listen to more opinions from others. Looking forward to ur replies!

    here is the recipe:

  6. Ethal


    I have tried your recipe. It’s great. I always looked forward to Hari Raya when I was young because of this butter cookies. Yummilicious.
    I have omitted the spray instead. Will try to substitute it with margarine the next batch.
    By the way, did you use unsalted butter or salted butter? I tried with unsalted one. Is it the right one? The batter is too soft to cut with the cutters and I ended up using free hand. How did you manage to the shape so perfectly? I tried cooling it in the fridge but to no avail. It softened faster than I can finish the whole procedure.

  7. Ethal

    I tried again this evening and it’s still the same. Can’t cut nicely with the cutters. I think it’s the cutter’s problem. This time, I used the silicone cake mould. I need to bake twice. The 2nd time I removed them from the mould and bake again for another 15 mins. It worked.
    How long did you beat the batter with the mixer? Does the duration and the speed of the mixer affect the batter? Everything turned out nice – tasty and melting in the mouth. But it’s too soft and light that it breaks easily. I beat the sugar batter in high speed until it turned pale yellow. Then another 10 mins for the final mixing. Is it correct? I’m sorry for so many questions. I’m a novice in baking.

  8. Teresa F.

    Your recipe sounds good. I love how the cornstarch makes the cookies tender. I’ve never seen a cookie recipe requiring cooking spray mixed into the dough.

    Did you not find that you need to dip the cutters into flour between use? I would think they would get a bit sticky between cookies.

  9. Abhi

    Can I use 2% milk instead of whole, I don’t use whole milk so don’t want to buy gallon or half just for 2 tblspns. Thinking of making these tomorrow, so immediate help needed?


    Would like to ask 3 oz of icing sugar for the recipe right? confuse about how much of sugar? is it all using icing sugar or use caster sugar? what is the different between it.


  11. Madi

    Love your blog? 2 questions. 1) Can I substitute 1tbsp Pam cooking spray with 1 tbsp canola oil? 2) if omit 1 tbsp Pam spray, will the dough be dry and hence affect end product? TIA.

  12. Brenda

    When you mentioned cream butter with spray,sugar,egg yolk and vanilla extract until fluffy, can I use the electric mixter to do it?

  13. Leo gal

    U mentioned cream butter with spray,sugar,egg yolk,salt and vanilla extract until fluffy, is it suppose to use those electric mixer for make cake? After which add in milk and mix well using the electric mixer? Your reply is greatly appreciated. I can’t wait to bake it for my sons. Thks

  14. Bee

    OMG, I tried making these and they came out light and crumbly! Its incredible. Can’t stop eating them. Thank you for a great recipe.

  15. Alison Southward

    Thank you so much for including the weight of the ingredients – I find American recipes with sticks or tablespoons/cups of butter impossible. Conversion charts don’t agree, my cups are different sizes (and it’s messy getting butter into a cup anyway); so it seems highly inaccurate. I wish all recipes were as easy to follow. PS Nice cookies (biscuits) !!!

  16. Pornpimon Ayawong

    I following your recipe but don’t know why my dough it soft and still stick on my hand, I just add more dry ingredient for this solution. DO u have to put the dough in the refrigerator before bake ?

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