Senn High School Chicago Butter Cookies

"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!"
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Ready In:
36 cookies




  • Cream butter with mixer untill light and fuffy.
  • Add sugar and salt and beat until no longer grainy.
  • Gradually add flour a little at a time, beating at low speed untill dough forms.
  • Mix in vanilla.
  • Form dough into balls, one heaping tablespoon = 1 ball.
  • Place balls on ungreased cookie sheet spaced widely- about 9 per sheet.
  • 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.
  • Bake in preheated 350 degree oven 12-15 minutes, until faintly browned around the egdes.
  • Gently remove cookies from sheet with a spatula, cool completely on wire racks.

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  1. 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!
  2. I used to bake these when I was in high school they taste pretty darn close to that recipe but not as light ,with a little tweaking I'm sure it'll be perfect.Everyone in the house loved them I've made them twice the second time I used Bread flour and Organic Cane Sugar still good my husband said they were really buttery and good.
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  3. 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 !
  4. I Love these Butter Cookies I went to grade school and High school in Chicago so all threw my schooling I got to have them 4 butter cookies for a $1.00 it’s been a long time since I’ve moved away but now am Gonna try my hand at making Em
  5. 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..



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