Basic Butter Cookies


Make these soft butter cookies up to a month in advance and store them in your freezer. They can be pulled out and baked a few at a time whenever the cookie mood strikes. Slideshow:  More Delicious Cookies 

Basic Butter Cookies
Photo: © Kristen Stevens
Active Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
25 mins
20 cookies


  • 1 stick (1/2 cup) salted butter, at room temperature

  • 1/2 cup confectioners' sugar

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour

  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla

  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt


  1. Preheat the oven to 350°.

  2. In a large bowl cream together the butter and confectioners' sugar until well combined. Add the flour, vanilla and salt and continue mixing for 2 more minutes.

  3. Roll the cookies into twenty 1-inch balls and bake on an ungreased cookie sheet for 10-13 minutes. The cookies should be just barely brown on the bottoms. Remove from the oven and let rest for 1 minute before moving the cookies onto a cooling rack.

Make Ahead

The cookies can be made up to 3 days in advance and stored in an air-tight container at room temperature or frozen for up to a month. Unbaked cookie dough can be frozen for up to 3 months.

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