Butter cookies are the quintessential Christmas cookie, and our Christmas butter cookie recipe has stood the test of time over countless holiday celebrations. This basic dough is sturdy enough to stand up to your favorite decorative cut-outs, but offers the buttery, melt-in-your-mouth texture you crave from a classic sugar cookie. With a recipe so versatile, you can mix in chocolate bits, seasonal spices, or crushed candy canes for even more festive flavor. But really, all these butter cookies need is a sweet layer of icing and a whole lot of holiday spirit. Whether they become wreaths, stars, or Santa hats, these Christmas butter cookies are a delicious base to put your creativity to work.Hungry for more? Check out 25+ Very Merry Christmas Sugar Cookies next. 

Recipe by Oxmoor House January 1985


Recipe Summary

about 4 1/2 dozen


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Instructions Checklist
  • Cream butter in a medium mixing bowl; gradually add 1/4 cup sugar, beating until light and fluffy. Add almonds, water, and vanilla; beat well. Stir in flour and salt; mix well.

  • Shape 1 teaspoon dough into a 2-inch finger. Repeat procedure with remaining dough. Place 1 inch apart on ungreased cookie sheets. Bake at 300° for 25 to 30 minutes. Remove cookies to wire racks to cool. Roll cookies in powdered sugar.


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