Holiday Baking: Butter Cookie Recipe Passed Down To Another Generation

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Butter Cookies

My mother-in-law loved cooking and baking, and my husband Billy grew up with delicious home cooked meals and tasty desserts. He got his love of cooking from her, and now our youngest daughter enjoys cooking, and is quite creative in the kitchen.

I asked Billy to share some of his favorite memories of his mother’s holiday baking with my readers.

My most vivid memory is trying to eat the cookie dough before it got into the oven and my mom always playfully yelling at me to stop. She would make about ten – twelve different varieties totaling about 50 dozen Christmas cookies (that’s not a typo – yes, 50!) and I always enjoyed helping her. I would load the cookie gun, put them on the cookie sheets and help decorate them.

It meant a lot to me to bake her butter cookies this year and have my own daughter help me….and try to eat the cookie dough before it got in the oven. *lol*. Although my mom is not physically with us any more, I know she is watching over us and was with us in the kitchen as we baked.

Billy has several of his mother’s Christmas cookie recipes, and we decided to start getting ready for the holidays by baking one of his favorites; butter cookies.

This is a copy of her original #HolidayButter Cookie recipe.


We already had the sugar, eggs and flour, so I stopped by our local Super WalMart and picked up baking powder, vanilla extract, Land O’ Lakes butter sticks and some holiday sprinkles.





This is a pretty simple recipe, so if you’ve never made homemade cookies before, give this one a try and let me know how it came out. This was Billy’s first attempt at recreating his mother’s Christmas cookies.

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Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
Soften and cream two sticks of butter in a large bowl.
Mix in 1/2 cup of sugar.
Mix in one egg.
Mix in 1/2 teaspoon of baking powder.
Mix in 2 1/4 cups of flour.
Add 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract.

Mix well or use a mixer. We don’t have a mixer (yet!), so Billy and my daughter Jacqueline mixed it by hand. You want to be sure that all the ingredients are mixed well.



Using a measuring tablespoon, spoon the dough onto cookie sheets. Billy’s mother had a cookie gun so her’s came out prettier, and took less time. Bake for 10 – 12 minutes depending on the thickness of your cookie. We kept ours in for 11 minutes.

Three trays of cookies ready to go in the oven! This recipe makes four dozen cookies.


We added green and red sprinkles to the cookies after they came out of the oven. Billy realized afterwards that his mother used to add sprinkles before they went into the oven, so you may want to try it that way. Or if you’re going to use icing, then let them cool slightly before adding it. You can also keep them plain and just enjoy their buttery goodness.

Christmas Butter Cookies

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20 Responses to “Holiday Baking: Butter Cookie Recipe Passed Down To Another Generation”

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  1. Billy

    Thanks for sharing my/our story of making Christmas cookies. They came out good.

  2. @peccookery

    Loved that you included photo of Billy’s mother’s handwritten recipe. You can tell it was well-used!!

  3. Jazmin says:

    This looks like such a great recipe. I’ve made butter cookies before but they definitely didn’t come out this pretty!
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  4. Jacqueline

    It was so fun to make these cookies! The dough was just as good as the cookies are to eat. lol

  5. Tonia

    Perfect timing. My daughter just asked about baking sugar cookies. I was needing a recipe.
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  6. Yum! Those look amazing. I love recipes that are passed down from generation to generation.
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  7. Jennifer says:

    These look yummy! I’ll have to try this recipe with my boys (:

  8. I love butter cookies! They’re so easy to dress up for the holidays!
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  9. I love butter cookies. Yours look awesome!
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  10. Kristy says:

    Those look yummy and a great recipe to do with the kids! I love the family history of it too! #client
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  11. Casey says:

    Wow, the fact that you still have her original recipe cards is amazing! :) How cool for you to be able to pass down to your kids someday. My grandmother’s recipe is very similar to this one; I wonder if they found it in the same recipe book or newspaper article back in the day!
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  12. Elisebet F says:

    These look and sound amazing! I made brown sugar cookies last night, and as soon as I saw the title of your blog post, I had to go and get one! I always crave cookies this time of year. I don’t really have a family tradition based off cookies, but the last 3 years, I’ve participated in a cookie exchange either with friends or coworkers.

  13. Ronnie says:

    So… you didn’t tell us. Did Billy feel like he succeeded in the recreation? Do they taste like his mom’s famous cookies?

    It takes a super woman to bake 50 dozen cookies!
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    • Billy

      Ronnie, Thanks for asking. IMO…I could never be or make Christmas cookies like my mom did. They were good and the dough tasted just as I remembered. Too bad I don’t have my mother’s baking tools like the cookie press gun she would use to make these cookies. My cookies were a little thicker. You are right, she was an amazing woman. I wish my daughters could have met their grandmother for the cooking and baking she could have shared with them.
      As for the 50 dozen cookies…It was a blast to help her each year. Good thing I had a high metabolism back then.

  14. These cookies looks so easy to make. I will have to try them. Thanks for the recipe post. I am always looking for cookie recipes.
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  15. Jen V

    These sound yummy! I have a cookie gun and am always looking for recipes to use with it. So I am going to print this to make with my girls.
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  16. Debi says:

    These look fantastic. I need to get cookie making
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