G. G.'s Butter Cookies

READY IN: 1hr 10mins
Recipe by AcadiaTwo

GG stands for Great Grandmother and these cookies have been handed down from generation to generation in our family. As a rule, they are only made at Christmas, but upon an occasion they have been made for Easter too. (Cookie yield & baking time actually depends on what size cookie cutters are used). Decorating the cookies is half the fun and can get quite involved.

Top Review by OneYetTwo

The butter cookies really live up to their name and boy are they good! I rolled mine out a little on the thick side because I love a nice thick butter cookie. They were crunchy but soft at the same time. The cookies are also so much fun to decorate!

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Cream butter.
  2. Gradually beat in sugar.
  3. Add egg yolks one at a time, mixing with butter/sugar mixture.
  4. Add flour gradually, mixing well.
  5. Add vanilla.
  6. Refrigerate dough until chilled.
  7. Roll out 4" piece of dough with enough flour so as dough does not stick to rolling pin or rolling surface.
  8. Cut into shapes and place on ungreased cookie sheet.
  9. Refrigerate extra dough and remove from refrigeration as used.
  10. Paint each cookie with egg whites and then decorate with colored sugar.
  11. Bake at 350° F for 10 - 12 minutes.
  12. Enjoy.

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