Butter Cookies - Three Cookies in One Dough

Total Time
2hrs 8mins
Prep 2 hrs
Cook 8 mins

This dough has been made every Christmas in my house. This recipe can be used to make not only cut-out cookies to give your family a rest from the normal sugar cookie recipe, but also has two other variations. One can roll them out and add a dab of jam or a pecan or walnut before baking, or add chopped up walnuts and roll dough in confectioner's sugar to make snow balls. They're all delicious. (Just remember to chill before baking - that's the key.)


  1. Mix eggs, butter, and vanilla.
  2. Add dry ingredients and stir well.
  3. For Cutouts: CHILL WELL.
  4. Roll out for cookie cutters.
  5. For Jam Centers: Place dough on wax paper.
  6. Roll into a tube form with the wax paper surrounding it well.
  7. Place in refrigerator and CHILL WELL.
  8. When chilled, cut off slices of the tubed dough to make a round cookie.
  9. You can press a spot in the center for the jam to be placed, or just put a nut there for another alternative.
  10. For Snow Balls: Before chilling, add 1 1/2 cups walnuts.
  12. When chilled, make small 1 inch balls out of dough and roll them in Confectioner's sugar.
  13. Bake all three types at 400°F for 8-10 minutes.
  14. The cookies should brown slightly.
Most Helpful

I liked this alot, a perfect texture and taste and so easy to cut out, definately err on the thick side if you are going to decorate them and pay close attention to time in the oven. Do not overcook unless you want crispy cookies, but they still tasted good!

jody notarianni February 16, 2003

Outstanding recipe. I added chopped pecans and made marvelous butter pecan cookies for a party. I'll use this recipe for holidays and for gift tins.

Stella Mae May 29, 2003

Awesome recipe, dough was easy to work with and the cookies came out tasting wonderful. I frosted some with icing and others I sprinkled with colored sugar before baking. Everyone loved them!

tiger1 December 21, 2002