Vanilla-Butter Sugar Cookies


prep 0:30       total 2:30


7 dozen



1-1/2 cup sugar
1-1/2 cup butter, softened (no substitutes)
2 eggs
2 tbsp. vanilla extract
4 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. cream of tartar


1-1/2 cup confectioners' sugar
3 tbsp. butter, softened
1 tbsp. vanilla extract
1 tbsp. milk
Food coloring (optional)
Colored sugar


In a mixing bowl, combine sugar and butter; beat until creamy. Add eggs and vanilla; beat well. Stir together dry ingredients. Gradually add to creamed mixture until completely blended. Chill for 30 minutes.

On a lightly floured surface, roll dough to a 1/4-inch thickness. Cut with holiday cutters dipped in flour. Using a floured spatula, transfer cookies to ungreased baking sheets. Bake at 350°F for 10-12 minutes. Cool on wire racks.

For frosting, combine sugar, butter, vanilla and milk; beat until creamy. Thin with additional milkto desired spreading consistency if necessary. Add a few drops of food coloring if desired. Spread frosting over cookies and decorate with colored sugar.

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1 Recipe Reviews


chefchrissieree reviewed Vanilla-Butter Sugar Cookies on December 12, 2004

I loved the taste of this cookie. I do have to say that I needed to add a cup more flour than the recipe called for but it did not alter the taste of the cookie. I had to add the flour to get the dough stiff enough to roll and cut well. But I love the cookie and will definitely make them again!