Total Time
Prep 5 mins
Cook 12 mins

Recipe featured on The Daily Meal -- All Things Food and Drink ---------- In 1820, Missouri enacted legislation to tax bachelors between 21 and 50 years of age $1 per year for being unmarried. Bake these cookies that look like buttons -- or are they flowers? Either way, they’re easy, and cute enough to serve at a party.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and place a rack in the center.
  2. Line baking sheet with parchment paper.
  3. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, or in a large mixing bowl, using a handheld electric mixer, beat the butter, salt, and powdered’ sugar on medium speed until creamy.
  4. Reduce the mixer speed slightly and beat in the egg and vanilla.
  5. By hand or using the lowest speed of the mixer, stir in the flour.
  6. Shape the dough into ¾-inch balls and arrange 2 ½ inches apart on the prepared baking sheet. Use your finger to make an indentation in the center of each dough ball, then fill with preserves.
  7. Bake 1 sheet at a time for 10-12 minutes, or until the cookies are lightly browned around the edges. Let cool on the baking sheets for about 3 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
Most Helpful

These cookies came together nicely and quickly. It is sort of like a sugar cookie with an extra little something in the middle. I will be making these again.

Deantini December 21, 2013

Just as I remember Bachelor Buttons to taste. Flavorful cookie and the preserves give it that extra sweetness. Made for Photo Tag Game

Color Guard Mom December 04, 2013

These flavorful cookies were the bomb KUW. We enjoyed them very much. They looked very pretty on the cookie platters that I made for family and friends. The cookies were quick and easy to make with wonderful results. They tasted delicious and had a nice texture. I used triple berry jam, apricot jam, blackcurrant jam, green plum jelly and guava jelly. They all tasted great in this recipe. Thank you for sharing a recipe that I will make again. made for Sweet December 2014.

Baby Kato December 25, 2014