How to make it

  • Mix the dough.
  • Position two oven racks in the middle and upper third of the oven. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F.
  • Line two baking sheets with parchment paper but do not grease.
  • Sift the flour, baking powder, and salt together onto a piece of wax paper or into a medium bowl and set aside.
  • Beat butter and sugar in a large bowl with an electric mixer on medium speed until the mixture looks smooth and creamy, and the color lightens, about 2 minutes.
  • This beating helps lighten the texture of the cookies.
  • Move the beaters around in the bowl if using a hand held electric mixer. Stop the mixer and scrape dough from the sides of the bowl and any dough that becomes caught in the beaters as needed.
  • Mix in egg yolk, vanilla, and almond extract until they are blended into the mixture.
  • Decrease the speed to low and add the flour mixture, mixing just until it is incorporated and a smooth dough forms.
  • At first, the dough forms large crumbs, then it forms a smooth dough that pulls away from the side of the bowl.
  • Roll 1 level teaspoon of dough between the palms of your hands into 1/2 -inch balls.
  • Place the cookie balls 1-1/2 inches apart on the prepared baking sheets.
  • Bake the cookies for about 20 minutes, reversing the baking sheets after 11 minutes front to back and top to bottom to ensure that the cookies bake evenly.
  • The cookie bottoms and edges will be evenly light brown.
  • Cool the cookies on the baking sheet for 1 minute.
  • Use a metal spatula to transfer the cookies to a wire rack to cool completely.
  • Butter buttons can be stored at room temperature tightly covered in a tin for up to a week.
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  • krumkake 10 years ago
    Oh yummy, chacha - rich little buttery can I resist?!? Delicious!
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    " It was excellent "
    jett2whit ate it and said...
    I have the afternoon snack attack goin' on here! Cookies!!! Yummy good
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    " It was excellent "
    juels ate it and said...
    Love the way butter cookies just melt in your mouth! You are making me so hungry for one of those right now! 5 forks and thanks for sharing!
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    " It was excellent "
    pippy ate it and said...
    Butter cookies are a favorite of mine and they're great for any occasion or any season. Sometimes I make a lemon cream for the center and either place 2 cookies together with the lemon cream in the center or put a dollop of lemon cream on the top of the cookie. I've done this with chocolate icing as well. Oh so good. High 5!
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