Senn High School Chicago Butter Cookies

Total Time
Prep 30 mins
Cook 12 mins

This is the actual recipe used in the Chicago public schools, my Mom was the manager in the cafeteria for many years. This recipe was also published in a Chicago newspaper as one of the favorites. The cookie has a wonderful butter flavor and very delicate texture. Have one with a little carton of milk and you will feel young again. Enjoy!


  1. Cream butter with mixer untill light and fuffy.
  2. Add sugar and salt and beat until no longer grainy.
  3. Gradually add flour a little at a time, beating at low speed untill dough forms.
  4. Mix in vanilla.
  5. Form dough into balls, one heaping tablespoon = 1 ball.
  6. Place balls on ungreased cookie sheet spaced widely- about 9 per sheet.
  7. Put 1/4 cup of sugar on saucer. Press first 3 fingers into sugar, then press down on ball to flatten to a 3 inch circle wide and 1/4 to 1/2 inch thick.
  8. Bake in preheated 350 degree oven 12-15 minutes, until faintly browned around the egdes.
  9. Gently remove cookies from sheet with a spatula, cool completely on wire racks.
Most Helpful

OMG!!! Thank you so very much! I was a child of the CPS! I ate one of these at least once a week from Kindergarten thru High School. I've had the recipe before and lost it 10 or so years ago. I'm so happy I found it again! I've inhaled 4 already and my inner demons are fighting with one another wether or not to have more! Thank you again!

JennyLoves... January 03, 2010

This makes big 4-inch cookies that seem to large until you start to eat it. They are the perfect butter cookie. Had a little dough left so I made mini cookies [2"] with my tiny cookie drop and pressed down with my thumb. I froze some and they can be eaten right out of the freezer. Yummy cookies !

nuts4santa September 02, 2009

Okay so, I followed the instructions thoroughly. . I didn't take anything from them or add anything extra.And these cookies taste NOTHING like the butter cookies I remember, they came out tasting more like sugar cookies than butter cookies..

Simplybeingjas March 21, 2015