Best-Ever Butter Cookies

Best-Ever Butter Cookies
Staff Writer
Land O'Lakes

Tender butter cookies that are perfect for decorating for any occasion.

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18
Servings
416
Calories Per Serving
Deliver Ingredients

Ingredients

For the cookie

  • 1  Cup  butter, softened
  • 1  Cup  sugar
  • egg
  • 2  Tablespoons  orange juice
  • 1  Tablespoon  vanilla
  • 2 1/2  Cups  all-purpose flour
  • 1  Teaspoon  baking powder

For the frosting

  • 3  Cups  powdered sugar
  • 1  Teaspoon  vanilla
  • 1 to 2  Tablespoon  milk
  • Food color, if desired
  • 1/3  Cup  butter, softened

Directions

For the cookie

Combine 1 cup softened butter, sugar, and egg in large bowl. Beat at medium speed, scraping bowl often, until creamy. Add orange juice and 1 tablespoon vanilla. Continue beating, scraping bowl often, until well mixed. Add flour and baking powder; beat at low speed until well mixed.

Divide dough into thirds. Shape each third into a ball; flatten slightly. Wrap each in plastic food wrap; refrigerate 2 to 3 hours or until firm.

Heat oven to 400 degrees. Roll out dough, 1/3 at a time, on lightly floured surface (keeping remaining dough refrigerated), to 1/8- to 1/4-inch thickness. Cut with 3-inch cookie cutters. Place 1 inch apart onto ungreased cookie sheets.

Bake 6-10 minutes or until edges are lightly browned. Let stand 1 minute on cookie sheet; remove to cooling rack. Cool completely.

For the frosting

Combine powdered sugar, 1/3 cup butter, and 1 teaspoon vanilla in small bowl. Beat at low speed, scraping bowl often and gradually adding enough milk for desired spreading consistency. Tint with food color, if desired. Frost and decorate cooled cookies as desired.

Nutritional Facts

Total Fat
17g
24%
Sugar
5g
6%
Saturated Fat
3g
13%
Cholesterol
6mg
2%
Carbohydrate, by difference
60g
46%
Protein
6g
13%
Vitamin C, total ascorbic acid
1mg
1%
Vitamin K (phylloquinone)
1µg
1%
Calcium, Ca
12mg
1%
Choline, total
4mg
1%
Fiber, total dietary
8g
32%
Folate, total
70µg
18%
Iron, Fe
2mg
11%
Magnesium, Mg
10mg
3%
Niacin
3mg
21%
Phosphorus, P
49mg
7%
Selenium, Se
12µg
22%
Sodium, Na
93mg
6%
Water
7g
0%

Butter Shopping Tip

Be sure to purchase the correct flour a recipe calls for – flours differ in gluten or protein content, making each suited for specific tasks.

Butter Cooking Tip

Insert a toothpick into the center of cakes, bar cookies, and quick breads to test for doneness – it should come out clean or only have a few crumbs clinging to it.

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