Fat Cookies

Sara Andrea


This recipe has been in the family for generations. We have adapted it for current times. The original family recipe was 2 cups margarine instead of butter. You can swap out the margarine for 2 cups butter + 1/2 t. salt *or* 1 cup butter + 1 cup shortening + 1/2 t. salt.

We do these cookies during holidays and love to have themed cookie cutters and colors.


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55 Min
25 Min



  • 2 c
  • 1/2 tsp
  • 2 c
    butter, room temperature
  • 2 c
    buttermilk, room temperature
  • 1 tsp
  • 2 tsp
    baking soda
  • 3 1/2 c
  • ·
    additional flour as needed

  • 1/2 c
    butter, room temperature
  • 2-4 c
    powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp
  • 2-4 Tbsp
    heavy whipping cream, room temperature
  • ·
    food coloring (if desired)
  • ·
    sprinkles and decorative candies (if desired)

How to Make Fat Cookies


  1. Cream sugar, salt and butter well. Add buttermilk, vanilla, baking soda, and 3 1/2 cups flour. Add additional flour if needed until the dough is stiff enough to roll out.
  2. Roll out dough to 1/2 inch thickness. Use your favorite cookie cutters to cut cookies.
  3. Bake at 400 degrees until lightly brown (about 8 minutes).
  4. Cream butter and sugar for 2-3 minutes. Add vanilla. Mix for 15 seconds. Add 1 T at a time of whipping cream until desired consistency is reached. Add food coloring if desired. Mix. Frost cookies and decorate with sprinkles or candies.

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