Butter Cookies for the Holidays (Banh Bo)

Butter Cookies are simply irresistible and this 6-ingredient recipe is fail-proof. These buttery and crispy cookies make awesome holiday sweets or delicious everyday treats. The Butter Cookies are baked to golden perfection, light and crispy with just the right amount of sweetness. One of my favorite things about this cookie recipe is there’s no rolling and cutting dough. This Butter Cookie recipe uses a cookie press so cookies are super easy and fast to make and perfectly uniform. Love it! Once you make cookies with a good cookie press, you won’t go back to the roll-and-cut method ever again. Turn these Butter Cookies into festive holiday treats by decorating them with colored sugar, sprinkles and assorted candies. There are no hard and fast rules when it comes to decorating cookies. It’s a wonderfully fun activity for the whole family and even the little kiddies can join in too. Happy Holidays!

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Notes on the Butter Cookies Recipe, Tips and Tricks

The butter and egg should be at room temperature. About an hour before starting this recipe, remove from the fridge and set on the counter.

This recipe makes cookie dough for using with a cookie press. You can still enjoy this wonderful recipe even if you don’t have a cookie press. Simply roll the cookie dough into small balls and then flatten with a spatula or spoon. Alternatively, use a small cookie scoop to transfer the dough to a baking sheet and then flatten the mounds. Adjust the baking time accordingly for larger-sized cookies.

The cookie dough can be made ahead and refrigerated for up to 1 week. The dough can also be frozen for up to 3 months. Let the cookie dough come to room temperature before pressing into cookies and then baking.

To make Pandan Butter cookies, substitute the vanilla extract with 1/4 tsp Pandan paste. Bake at 375 F (190 C) for 8-10 minutes or until the edges are brown.

Store the Butter Cookies in an air-tight container and enjoy within the week. Butter Cookies can be refrigerated for up to 3 weeks.

This recipe can be easily double, tripled, etc. to make more cookies. The recipe yields approximately 6 dozen (72) cookies. This may seem like a lot, but the cookies are bite-sized and so good, they’ll go fast!

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Ingredients

Dough
3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 tsp salt
1 large egg, at room temperature
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
2 cups all-purpose flour

Decorations
sprinkles and nonpareils in holiday colors
sanding sugar: red, green, white and blue
assorted candies in holiday colors

Directions

Preheat the oven to 400 F (204 C).

In a mixing bowl, add the sugar, salt and butter. Using a flat beater and on Medium Low speed, cream together the ingredients until light and fluffy, approximately 2 minutes. Add the egg and vanilla extract while continuously beating until incorporated. On Low speed, gradually add the flour. Beat until well incorporated, (dry flour is no longer visible), approximately 2-3 minutes. Scrape the dough off the flat beater and down the sides of the bowl. Mix together for another 30 seconds.

Transfer some dough into a cookie press with the desired decorative disk attached. Pack the dough in the barrel eliminating any large gaps. Press the dough onto an ungreased baking sheet making the desired number of cookies. Swap out the disk and make cookies in other shapes.

Sprinkle the cookies with assorted colored sugars, sprinkles and candies.

Bake for 8-10 minutes or until the edges are brown. Rotate the baking sheet halfway through the baking time so the cookies brown evenly.

Use a spatula to transfer the hot cookies to a wire rack.

Let cool for a few minutes before enjoying.

Yields: 6 dozen cookies

Recipe adapted from Fraya Berg, Oxo friend

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Butter Cookies / Holiday Butter Cookies / Banh Bo

Course: Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: American, Asian, International, Vietnamese
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour
Servings: 72 cookies
Calories: 35 kcal
Author: Trang
Butter Cookies are simply irresistible and this 6-ingredient recipe is fail-proof. These buttery and crispy cookies make awesome holiday sweets or delicious everyday treats. The Butter Cookies are baked to golden perfection, light and crispy with just the right amount of sweetness. One of my favorite things about this cookie recipe is there's no rolling and cutting dough. This Butter Cookie recipe uses a cookie press so cookies are super easy and fast to make and perfectly uniform. Love it! Once you make cookies with a good cookie press, you won't go back to the roll-and-cut method ever again. Turn these Butter Cookies into festive holiday treats by decorating them with colored sugar, sprinkles and assorted candies. There are no hard and fast rules when it comes to decorating cookies. It's a wonderfully fun activity for the whole family and even the little kiddies can join in too. Happy Holidays!

Ingredients

Dough

  • 3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter , at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 large egg , at room temperature
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour

Decorations

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 F (204 C).

  2. In a mixing bowl, add the sugar, salt and butter. Using a flat beater and on Medium Low speed, cream together the ingredients until light and fluffy, approximately 2 minutes. Add the egg and vanilla extract while continuously beating until incorporated. On Low speed, gradually add the flour. Beat until well incorporated, (dry flour is no longer visible), approximately 2-3 minutes. Scrape the dough off the flat beater and down the sides of the bowl. Mix together for another 30 seconds.

  3. Transfer some dough into a cookie press with the desired decorative disk attached. Pack the dough in the barrel eliminating any large gaps. Press the dough onto an ungreased baking sheet making the desired number of cookies. Swap out the disk and make cookies in other shapes.
  4. Sprinkle the cookies with assorted colored sugars, sprinkles and candies.
  5. Bake for 8-10 minutes or until the edges are brown. Rotate the baking sheet halfway through the baking time so the cookies brown evenly.
  6. Use a spatula to transfer the hot cookies to a wire rack.
  7. Let cool for a few minutes before enjoying.

Notes, Tips & Tricks

  • The butter and egg should be at room temperature. About an hour before starting this recipe, remove from the fridge and set on the counter.
  • This recipe makes cookie dough for using with a cookie press. You can still enjoy this wonderful recipe even if you don't have a cookie press. Simply roll the cookie dough into small balls and then flatten with a spatula or spoon. Alternatively, use a small cookie scoop to transfer the dough to a baking sheet and then flatten the mounds. Adjust the baking time accordingly for larger-sized cookies.
  • The dough can be made ahead and refrigerated for up to 1 week. The dough can also be frozen for up to 3 months. Let the cookie dough come to room temperature before pressing into cookies and then baking.
  • To make Pandan Butter cookies, substitute the vanilla extract with 1/4 tsp Pandan paste. Bake at 375 F (190 C).
  • Store the Butter Cookies in an air-tight container and enjoy within the week. Butter Cookies can be refrigerated for up to 3 weeks.
  • This recipe was adapted from Fraya Berg, Oxo friend.

    Nutrition Facts
    Butter Cookies / Holiday Butter Cookies / Banh Bo
    Amount Per Serving
    Calories 35 Calories from Fat 18
    % Daily Value*
    Total Fat 2g 3%
    Saturated Fat 1g 5%
    Cholesterol 7mg 2%
    Sodium 9mg 0%
    Potassium 5mg 0%
    Total Carbohydrates 4g 1%
    Sugars 1g
    Vitamin A 1.2%
    Calcium 0.1%
    Iron 1%
    * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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6 Responses to Butter Cookies for the Holidays (Banh Bo)

  1. Lucy April 2, 2018 at 4:18 pm #

    Hi Trang,
    After watching your fail-proof butter cookies video, I bought a Biscuits cookie press online. I have followed your exact ingredients. I used the cookie press and were unable to make the shapes from the dough. I’m not sure if it requires drier dough or if I need to oil the cookie press cylinder and shape pattern plates. Thanks in advance 🙂

    • Trang April 9, 2018 at 6:11 pm #

      Hi Lucy,
      What exactly was the issue when using your cookie press? Did the dough not drop from your cookie press?

      • Lucy April 10, 2018 at 10:49 am #

        Thanks for your reply. Yes, dough didn’t drop from the cooke press. It was very sticky.

        • Trang April 20, 2018 at 6:36 pm #

          Hi Lucy,
          Please add more flour to make the dough less sticky. This should help it to drop from the cookie press. Optionally, you can roll the dough into a log, refrigerate for 1 hour and then cut into thin slices and bake if the cookie press isn’t working. Good Luck!

  2. Thao December 16, 2017 at 9:00 am #

    Hi Trang,
    I received an Oxo cookie press as a present earlier this year but never took it out of the box thinking it wasn’t going to work. Your post inspired me to give it a try. My kids and I had a blast and made so many cute Christmas cookies. Thanks for sharing your recipe and inspiring creativity!

    • Trang December 16, 2017 at 10:48 am #

      Hi Thao,
      My family loves to make cookies and the cookie press makes it so easy. I am glad you enjoyed the recipe! 🙂

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