Old-Fashioned Butter Cookies
Author: Two Purple Couches
Prep time: 1 hour 20 mins
Cook time: 5 mins
Total time: 1 hour 25 mins
These light, delicate cookies are full of rich, buttery flavor.
  • 2¼ cups all purpose flour
  • 1 cup confectioners sugar
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup butter
  • ½ cup shortening
  • 1 egg
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • red and green colored sugar sprinkles (optional)
  1. Sift together the all purpose flour, confectioners sugar and salt.
  2. Cut in the butter and shortening until the mixture resembles coarse meal. (1 cup of margarine can be substituted for the butter and shortening if desired)
  3. Beat the egg until light.
  4. Sprinkle 2 tablespoons of the beaten egg along with the vanilla extract over the dough mixture. Blend well and form into a ball. Wrap dough in plastic wrap and chill for one hour.
  5. Roll out ⅓ of dough onto floured surface to ⅛ inch thickness.
  6. Use cookie cutters to cut dough into shapes. Place shapes onto an ungreased baking sheet.
  7. Brush with remaining beaten egg. Sprinkle with colored sugar if desired.
  8. Bake at 400 degrees for 5-10 minutes.
  9. Remove to rack to cool.
Recipe by two purple couches at http://twopurplecouches.com/2015/12/old-fashioned-butter-cookies/