Butter Cookie Dough and Vanilla Frosting

I’ve been using this recipe for over 20 years.  The possibilities are endless because there are so many cookie cutters, sprinkles and colors for frosting.  They work into any party theme or holiday and can be prepared weeks in advance and kept in the freezer until needed.    

Butter Cookies - done

Butter Cookie Dough and Vanilla Frosting
A easy to roll out dough for cut out cookies.
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Prep Time
1 hr 15 min
Prep Time
1 hr 15 min
  1. 1-1/2 cups (3 sticks) softened butter
  2. 1 cup sugar
  3. 1 large egg
  4. 2 tsp vanilla extract
  5. 1/2 tsp salt
  6. 4 1/2 cups spelt flour or flour of your choice
Vanilla Frosting
  1. 2 cups powdered sugar
  2. 1/4 cup softened butter
  3. 2 Tbsp of almond milk or milk of your choice
  4. 1 tsp. vanilla
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Beat Butter, Sugar, Egg, Vanilla and Salt in large bowl until light and fluffy.
  3. Gradually add flour; beat until well mixed.
  4. Cover dough with plastic wrap and chill in refrigerator for 1 hour or place in freezer for 30 minutes
  5. Work with 1/4 of the chilled dough at a time (keep remaining dough chilled).
  6. Place the dough between two long piece of wax paper that have been lightly dusted with flour until it's 1/4 inch thick.
  7. Remove the wax paper and cut into desired shapes.
  8. Place cookies on ungreased cookie sheets.
  9. Bake 8-10 minutes until cookies are lightly browned.
  10. Remove cookies to cooling rack and cool completely before frosting.
  11. Vanilla Frosting
  12. In large bowl, beat all ingredients together until smooth and creamy. Add a little more milk until frosting is the desired consistency. A thicker frosting may be needed for frosting bag where a thinner frosting is ideal for spreading with a knife.
  1. Remember you can always add color to your frosting to match a theme of a party or special occasion. Craft stores have colors you can buy in sets or individually - look in cake supply section
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Mixing up the cookie dough…I can’t say enough about my Kitchen Aid Mixer.  It is a war horse and I love the way it frees up my hands.  It is a higher end kitchen tool but oh, so powerful.  You know – Mother’s Day is coming up.  You can find the mixer HERE

Butter Cookies - Mixer

Divide the dough…  I love this little tool that cuts, scraps and lifts dough which you can find HERE

Butter Cookies - Scraper  

 Roll the dough out by placing between two pieces of wax paper…

Butter Cookies - Rolling Out 

Cut out the cookies.  HERE is the cookie cutter I used.  They come in a set for a sweet price.

Butter Cookies - Cutting 

I am thankful for these precut parchment papers for lining cookie sheets – Click HERE 

Butter Cookies - Parchment Paper

Now it’s time to decorate.



  1. Hi Debbie,

    These cookies are so beautiful. You always create the prettiest things. I just love your blog.

    Blessings to you, friend.