Butter cookies is not a sugar cookie

Butter cookies

There is a big difference between a butter cookie and a sugar cookie. The two are not the same things at all. A sugar cookie and butter all start off the same butter, flour sugar, and vanilla extract. However, a sugar cookie requires baking soda, eggs to bind and a chill time in the refrigerator before rolling them out and baking them. Sugar cookie dough allows for cutting and decorating into shapes. Butter cookies do not require any rising agent, an egg is totally optional and they are a limited in rolling out and decorating. They also do not need a chill time. Both are fun and delicious to make and share with those around you.


2 sticks of room temperature butter

1 1/4 cup of granulated sugar

2 Tablespoon of vanilla extract

2 cups of all-purpose flour

1 egg at room temperature ( optional)


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Alight cookie sheets with parchment or silpats.

Next using a hand mixer or stand mixer attach beaters or flat paddle and beat the softened butter on medium speed. You want a past like an appearance.

Then add the sugar and mix on same speed for a sandy appearance. Add the vanilla extracts and 1 egg. Let the dough come together and it will clean the bowl. The dough will actually come together so well it looks like it’s cleaning the bowl.

Using your hands roll the cookie dough into a 1-inch ball and flatten them out with two fingers leaving an imprint. You should be able to make about 24 small cookies with this size. You can totally eyeball the dough balls.

Place them in a 350-degree oven for 18-20 minutes until they golden brown along the edges. You can serve these cookies as is or add some fun flavor or spread some melted chocolate on the back of the cookies they are great for parties and gifts!


Optional things

1/2 cup of Chocolate chips melted over a double boiler –  After cookies are out of the oven and cooled down, spread on the bottom of the cookie

1/4 cup of granulated sugar and 1 tsp of cinnamon and mix together  — sprinkle the sugar cinnamon top of the cookie before baking them in the oven.