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cinnamon (or cardamom) butter cookies

(2 ratings)
Blue Ribbon Recipe by
Val Al
Kansas City, MO

This is my grandmother's recipe. She made them every Christmas. These little cookies just melt in your mouth! (FYI- Though they look similar to peanut butter cookies, they contain no peanut butter.)

Blue Ribbon Recipe

An extremely easy butter cookie for Christmas. Simple to make, we opted to use cinnamon for the hint of spice. With its unique flavor, cardamom would be delish too. These cookies are flaky, light, crispy, and crunchy with a rich, buttery taste.

— The Test Kitchen @kitchencrew
(2 ratings)
prep time 40 Min
cook time 20 Min
method Bake

Ingredients For cinnamon (or cardamom) butter cookies

  • 1 c
    butter (do not substitute), softened
  • 1 c
    all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 c
    powdered sugar
  • 1/2 c
    corn starch
  • 1 tsp
    cinnamon (or cardamom)
  • Optional
    colored sugar

How To Make cinnamon (or cardamom) butter cookies

  • Creaming the butter.
    In a large bowl, cream the butter to the consistency of mayonnaise.
  • Sifting flour, powdered sugar, and corn starch.
    In a separate bowl, mix and sift the flour, powdered sugar, and corn starch.
  • Flour mixture and cinnamon added to the butter.
    Add to the butter mixture, creaming constantly. Add the cinnamon. Chill thoroughly.
  • Dough rolled into balls.
    Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F. Roll into small balls, about 1-inch in diameter, and place on cookie sheets. (I use a small Pampered Chef scoop and drop onto parchment-covered cookie sheets.) It can also be used in a pastry tube. For best results, do not use air-bake pans.
  • Dough flattened with a fork and colored sugar sprinkled on top.
    Flatten with the floured tines of a fork. I suggest keeping the dough as cold as possible throughout steps 5 and 6 by working quickly and refrigerating dough when not working with it. Optional: We add colored sugar to the tops, since we make these during the Christmas season, before baking.
  • Baking the butter cookies.
    Bake for approximately 20 minutes OR until delicately browned. (For best results, watch them carefully to be certain they are only slightly browned. That's when they have the perfect texture after they cool. Cool on wire racks.
  • Texture of the Cinnamon (or Cardamon) Butter Cookies.
    Enjoy your tender, delicate, subtly flavored little butter cookies!