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Rolled Butter Cookies

Course Dessert
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
chill time 1 hour
Servings 2 dozen


  • Pastry blender or food processor


  • 3 cups flour sifted
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup butter at room temperature
  • 1 egg
  • 3 tablespoons milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla


  • Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees. Line cookie sheets with parchment paper.
  • Put flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt in a bowl.  Cut in softened butter with a pastry blender until the particles are fine.  (I actually usually do this in my food processor, but a pastry blender by hand will do just fine.)
  • After the butter is mixed in, add the egg, milk, and vanilla.  Mix thoroughly.
  • Refrigerate for at least one hour or up to three days.
  • Roll out the dough on a floured surface until it's 1/8 inch thick.  Cut into shapes as desired.
  • Bake at 400 degrees for 5-8 minutes.  Cool completely and frost as desired.