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A close-up shot of soft vanilla butter cookies coated in powdered sugar

Butter Cookies

  • Author: Lindsay
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 2 hours 20 minutes
  • Yield: 22
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Oven
  • Cuisine: American


Vanilla butter cookies are a holiday favorite! Topped with powdered sugar, these soft and tender cookies are melt-in-your-mouth treats that everyone will love. 


  • 1 cup (224g) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup (86g) powdered sugar
  • 1 1/4 cups (163g) all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup plus 2 tbsp (114g) cornstarch
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt


  1. In a large mixing bowl, mix together the butter and vanilla until creamy and combined.
  2. Add the powdered sugar and beat until well combined.
  3. Add the flour, cornstarch and salt and mix until well combined.
  4. Refrigerate dough for 2-3 hours.
  5. Preheat the oven to 325°F. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat, and set aside.
  6. Roll the dough into 1 inch-sized balls (about 4 tsp each or .75 oz) and place them onto the prepared baking tray. Press them down in the middle with a fork.
  7. Bake for 10-12 minutes or until they don’t look undercooked in the middle. You don’t want them to brown around the edges.
  8. Allow to cool for 3-5 minutes before transferring them to a wire rack to cool completely. Dust with powdered sugar while still warm.
  9. Serve or store in an airtight container.


  • To Store: Store cooled cookies in an airtight container at room temperature. Enjoy within 4-5 days.
  • To Freeze: Freeze cooled cookies in an airtight, freezer-safe container for up to 3 months. Add parchment paper between layers if stacking is needed. Thaw cookies on the counter before enjoying.


  • Serving Size:
  • Calories: 134
  • Sugar: 4.1 g
  • Sodium: 28.2 mg
  • Fat: 8.4 g
  • Carbohydrates: 13.5 g
  • Protein: 0.8 g
  • Cholesterol: 22.2 mg