Butter Cookies - Three Cookies in One Dough

READY IN: 2hrs 8mins
Recipe by Debbie Smith

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.)

Top Review by jody notarianni

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!

Ingredients Nutrition


  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.

Join the Conversation

  • all
  • reviews
  • tweaks
  • q & a