Simple Butter Cookie Recipe

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Easy and delicious recipe for cut out cookies



There’s nothing like the perfect cut out butter cookie. And for some, they are the easiest cookie to make. But I’ve heard countless people say, “mine never turn out right!” Either too soft or too crunchy. So I’m adding a few helpful hints for those of you who are still looking to make your perfect cookie. 🙂



1 cup softened butter

1/2 cup sugar

1 egg

1 tbs almond extract

3 cups sifted flour

1/2 tsp baking powder


Mix butter, sugar, and egg until creamed. Add almond extract. Slowly add in flour and baking powder and mix just until dough forms.

Chill for 1 hour.

( a few helpful hints here…)

Roll dough out on well floured surface.


Sprinkle a little extra flour on the dough as well as the rolling pin. If you prefer your cookie to have a little crunch, roll out to 1/8″. If you prefer soft and a little puffy, keep it more around 1/4″.

I prefer mine soft, so I cut them a little thicker.


If your cookie cutters are sticking to the floured surface, try using a thin spatula to lift rather than just picking them up. This will save you time. I like using cake frosting spatulas. Remember to push your spatula through the flour before sling it under the cookie.


Make sure to re flour your surface each time you roll out the dough, and pick out all the tiny scraps so you don’t roll them into your next batch.

Important note about baking pans..

If you want a crunchy cookie, use a dark non stick pan. If you want soft, use a light aluminum pan. I use parchment paper but it isn’t necessary, it just makes clean up easier.

Bake your cookies at 425 degrees for 5-9 minutes. Start with 5 minutes for thinner, crunchy, cookies…etc.

This is where perfection or disaster comes in…

Knowing when to pull the cookies out is key

IMG_0907_2This is what your crunchy cookie should look like. Just a little browning on the edges.

IMG_0915This is what a soft cookie should look like. How do you know when to pull these out? When you are standing in front of the oven staring at them thinking they don’t look done but your little voice inside is telling you…but maybe they are. Listen to yourself. Pull ’em!

Let them rest on the baking sheet for just 1 minute, then transfer to cooling rack. Frost & enjoy!


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One thought on “Simple Butter Cookie Recipe

  1. Lynne Potter

    These cookies are DELICIOUS!!! I have always, even as a child loved cookies with frosting. Thank you Nancy for the recipe and great directions. This is the perfect day (Valentines!!) to make these for my loved ones and myself!!!

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