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Butter Cookies

  • Author: Belle Omniley
  • Total Time: 3 hours 34 minutes
  • Yield: 36 cookies 1x


These tender butter cookies have lots of fantastic butter and lemon flavor and a melt-in-your-mouth consistency that will make you return for more.


  • 1 C butter (unsalted, room temp)
  • 1 ¼ C white sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp lemon extract
  • ½ tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 2 ½ C self-rising flour
  • 1 pinch of salt


  1. Cream together butter, sugar, extracts, and beaten eggs using an electric mixer. Sift together salt and 2 cups of self-rising flour.
  2. Pour in flour mixture and mix until incorporated.
  3. Pour the remaining ½ cup of flour onto countertop or board and gently knead dough into flour until it is no longer sticky (add more flour if needed.
  4. Place kneaded dough in cling wrap or Ziploc bag and let chill in refrigerator for at least 3 hours.
  5. Preheat oven to 350°.
  6. Remove dough from refrigerator and allow to come to room temperature for 15-20 minutes.
  7. Add a little flour to the countertop or board and roll the dough to ¼” thick with a rolling pin. Avoid overhandling dough.
  8. Cut out cookies to desired shape and place on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper or Silpat. Cook for 8-10 minutes. During the last 2 minutes, brush with egg wash mixture (optional). Watch closely to avoid browning.
    Egg wash: 1 egg and ½ tsp white sugar
  9. Remove from oven and allow cookies to cool on a rack. Store in an air-tight container for up to 5 days.
  • Prep Time: 25 minutes
  • Cook Time: 9 minutes
  • Category: Dessert
  • Cuisine: American


  • Calories: 66
  • Sugar: 7
  • Sodium: 11
  • Fat: 1
  • Saturated Fat: 1
  • Carbohydrates: 14
  • Fiber: 1
  • Protein: 2
  • Cholesterol: 10

Keywords: butter cookies, cookies, dessert, holiday cookies, christmas cookies

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