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Butterball cookies

I’ve been busy baking away for the holidays and if you recall last year I told you that I love to bake cookies and bring trays to my friends.  Our favorite is my mom’s Butterball Cookie Recipe!

I make about 8 -10 different cookies for the holiday but the most popular recipe is one that my mom passed down to me and we call them Butterballs.  And if you can’t tell by the name, they are made with a lot of butter.  And when you combine butter with powdered sugar – they just melt in your mouth!

Over the years I’ve seen a few variations of this recipe but this is the one my mother has always used and now I’ve used it for years!

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Only four ingredients makes this recipe super easy to make – Butter, Flour, Vanilla Extract and Powdered Sugar. That’s it! I use my Kitchen Aid mixer to get the butter nice and blended.

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 The smell from the bowl is amazing from all the butter and the vanilla! And since there are no eggs in the recipe, I’m always tempted to toss the dough in my mouth, but I don’t!   After waiting for these, they taste even better.

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Once that’s all blended together, I roll them into about 1 inch balls and place them on the cookie sheet about 2 inches apart.  You can chill the remainder of the dough until you are ready to put another batch in the oven.  The kids enjoy helping me with these and it’s a good recipe to include them in.  They can easily roll these out while you do the dishes for your next batch of cookies.

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After they cooled slightly, tossed them in a bowl of powdered sugar and coated them.   The first time not a lot of powered sugar will stick to them, but once they’ve cooled completely, toss them again in the powdered sugar and then they look like this…

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These will melt in your mouth.  I bake a couple of weeks before Christmas so I put all the cookies in the freezer until it’s time to make cookie plates for our friends and family.  I layer them in wax paper and then put them in a freezer bag. I’ve done this for YEARS and everyone comments on how fresh the cookies are even after freezing.  For these cookies, you may have to toss them in the powdered sugar one more time before plating.

If you want to make these here is my mom’s recipe…

Butterball Cookie Recipe {no egg recipe}



2 cups Butter (4 sticks) softened, not melted
8 tablespoons of Powdered Sugar (confectioners sugar)
2 teaspoons Vanilla
4 cups Flour


Mix well butter, powdered sugar, vanilla, and flour. Roll balls on the cookie sheet and bake at 350 for 9-11 minutes. You don’t want them to get brown. Cool for a few minutes then roll them in more powdered sugar while still slightly warm. Set aside to cool completely. After cooled, roll them again in powdered sugar or before serving.

Do these sound like something your family would love?

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