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Butter Cookies – Recipe

I received this recipe from my sister-in-law, and they are my grandson’s absolute favorite cookies.

I already posted this recipe under a different heading but will rewrite it here for your convenience.

This recipe yields at least 48 cookies, depending on the size of your cookie cutter.

Butter Cookies – Recipe

Butter Cookies – Recipe


  • 3/4 lbs. butter (3 sticks), softened at room temp
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 2 whole eggs
  • rind of 1 lemon
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1½ cup powdered sugar
  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • Strawberry jam for filling


  1. In a large mixing bowl, blend softened butter, egg yolks and eggs.
  2. Mix in the lemon rind, vanilla extract and powdered sugar.
  3. In a separate bowl, mix flour and baking powder.
  4. Mix flour mixture into the egg mixture, until well blended. You can use a mixer, or work the dough by hand.
  5. Divide the dough into 4 equal balls, cover and refrigerate for at least an hour, or overnight.
  6. Work with one dough ball at a time, massage the dough in your hands for a minute or so, to soften it and to flatten the ball.
  7. Now place it on a lightly floured work surface, flour lightly on top, and roll out to 1/8 inch thickness.
  8. Cut out cookies with a star-shaped cookie cutter.
  9. Cut out a circle in the middle in only 1/2 of the cookies, so the bottom cookie will be whole and the top will have an opening to show the jam from the layer below. ( I use the large end of a cake decorating tip as the cut out tool).
  10. Place cookies on an ungreased cookie sheet, at least 1/2 inch apart.
  11. Bake in a preheated oven at 350 degrees F, for 10-12 minutes, or until they set, and the edges are lightly golden, not browned.
  12. Remove baked cookies onto a wire cookie rack, to cool completely.
  13. Spread a thin layer of jam on the whole cookie, and top it with the cookie with a cut out circle.
  14. Press together gently.
  15. Store in an air tight container, in a cool place.
  16. Before serving, sprinkle tops of cookies with powdered sugar.

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