Total Time
1hr 10mins
Prep 1 hr
Cook 10 mins

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.

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.
Most Helpful

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!

OneYetTwo July 16, 2009

Photo may be seen at: . I love these cookies! Made the recipe right down the line but didn't add any decoration. Mildly sweet and rich tasting, they are perfect with tea of coffee and have a lovely soft texture with a just a bit of firmer crust. Watch them in the oven! mine took only 7 mins!

Annacia October 23, 2013

Very good cookies and a wonderful way to use my new "cat" cookie cutters. Fun and good - perfect for a rainy day1 Thanks for sharing!

ellie_ September 13, 2013