Quick and easy butter cookies

Over the weekend, I was feeling under the weather. In fact, I’m still not 100%, but I knew I had an event coming up that I had to bring a holiday cookie. Normally, I wouldn’t care too much and bring a pre-made something. However, this was Girl Scout leader meeting, so I might have felt a little bit of pressure to bring something homemade.

About noon, I started to think about the easiest cookie I could throw together. A butter cookie. Quick and easy to make, butter cookies are always a hit.

Here’s how I make a butter cookie. Using the following ingredients, you’ll be done in no time.

2 sticks of unsalted butter (softened)
1 1/2 cup powdered sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 egg
2 1/2 cup flour
1 teaspoon cream of tartar
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
colored sugar sprinkles

Using an electric mixer, blend the butter, powdered sugar, and vanilla together until well blended. Mixing on low, add your egg. In a separate mixing bowl, mix the flour, cream of tartar, baking soda, and salt. Add to the mixer and blend until combined.


Get your baking sheets ready. I use parchment paper so my cookies won’t stick. Roll your dough in 1/2-3/4 inch balls, leave a 2 inch space between each cookie because they do spread out during the baking process.

Fork Marks for Cookies

Using a fork, add a criss cross pattern so your sprinkles will have a place to stay. Your fork might stick to the cookies, I dip it in powdered sugar to avoid sticking.


Sprinkle with colored sugar crystals, bake on 350 degrees for 10 minutes in a pre-heated oven.

Classic Butter Cookies

These are so easy. ┬áThese cool very quickly, making them hard to resist when they are straight from the oven! Now I’m heading to the cookie meeting with cookies I enjoy.


  1. Kate

    How much is 2 sticks of butter? Where i live they dont sell butter in sticks. Thx.

    1. Cam bigcrazylife.com

      Hi Kate, 2 sticks of butter would be 1 cup. I mistakenly bought a “block” of butter the other day. Almost cried. LOL

  2. Kate

    Looks delicious! How many does it make?

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