Photo: William Dickey; Styling: Rose Nguyen
Prep Time
1 Hour
Chill Time
10 Mins
Bake Time
15 Mins
Cool Time
35 Mins
Makes about 3 dozen (3-inch) cookies or 12 (4 1/2-inch) cookies

How to Make It

Step 1

Preheat oven to 350°. Beat butter, vanilla, and sugar at medium speed with an electric mixer until fluffy. Add egg, beating until blended.

Step 2

Combine flour and salt; gradually add to butter mixture, beating just until blended.

Step 3

Divide dough into 2 equal portions; flatten each portion into a disk. Cover and chill 10 minutes.

Step 4

Place 1 portion of dough on a lightly floured surface, and roll to 1/8-inch thickness. Cut with a 3- or 4 1/2-inch butterfly-shaped cutter. Place cookies 2 inches apart on lightly greased baking sheets. Repeat procedure with remaining dough portion.

Step 5

Bake, in batches, at 350° for 10 to 12 minutes (for 3-inch cookies) and 15 to 17 minutes (for 4 1/2-inch cookies) or until edges are lightly browned. Let cool on baking sheets 5 minutes; remove to wire racks, and let cool 30 minutes or until completely cool. Decorate baked cookies as desired.

Ratings & Reviews

7wilsons's Review

October 31, 2012
I made these cookies for my daughter because she doesn't like chocolate and just wanted a plan cookie. Our family LOVED these cookies!! I had to make two extra batches because they were gone so fast. They were chosen over chocolate. The only thing I changed. I added an extra teaspoon of vanilla. I just rolled them into a log, wrapped them in wax paper and placed in freezer for about 15 minutes. Then we just cut them like cookie dough bought from the store. These were very easy! Will make again!!!

shynewilliams's Review

February 21, 2012
Great recipe! Me and my kids did this for snack and my kids asked for us to make some more! We used to have the Cheese Sticks we found on but it's nice to try new things. I often check it out for recipes and cooking information including this website,,,, and for different moods and occasions. Thanks for this appetizing recipe! By the way, here's the link to the mentioned recipe:

Becky54's Review

July 05, 2010
I made these to go with homemade peach ice cream. They tasted great together. I did not bother to ice them, just put some colored sugar sprinkles on top. Good recipe; 3 stars just because I have a better one and I'll probably continue with that recipe.

sgpinson's Review

December 12, 2009
Perfect for cookie cutouts--just make sure you work quickly and flour your rolling surface and rolling pin VERY well. Otherwise the dough will get too soft or stick to the counter.

MommyAustin's Review

November 05, 2009
This recipe was so simple but delicious! Sugar cookies are sometimes difficult to make both a soft texture and shaped, but these fit the bill! The texture is somewhat like shortbread but still very sweet.

AmandaFuller's Review

November 04, 2009
Absolute BEST sugar cookies I have ever made/had. Great recipe that I will use over and over again!