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3 Ingredient Butter Cookies

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Imagine a gift that’s simple, sweet, and made with love. A gift that brings joy to the taste buds and warmth to the heart. That’s exactly what three-ingredient butter cookies are! These delightful treats are not only easy to make but also make fantastic gifts for any occasion.

Why Three-Ingredient Butter Cookies?

What makes these cookies so special is their simplicity. All you need is butter, sugar, and flour. That’s it! No complicated ingredients or techniques. Just three basic pantry items combined to create a melt-in-your-mouth delight.

The beauty of these cookies lies in their versatility. They can be dressed up with a sprinkle of powdered sugar, a drizzle of chocolate, or even a dash of festive sprinkles. Or they can be enjoyed in their purest form, allowing the rich, buttery flavor to shine through.

The Perfect Gift

Now, let’s talk about why these cookies make such great gifts. First off, they’re homemade. There’s something incredibly special about receiving a gift that someone has taken the time to make themselves. It shows thoughtfulness, care, and a personal touch that store-bought items just can’t match.

Secondly, these cookies are universally loved. Their light, buttery flavor and delicate texture make them a hit with people of all ages. Whether you’re gifting them to a teacher, a friend, or a family member, you can be sure they’ll be appreciated.

Finally, these cookies are easy to package and transport. You can wrap them in cellophane, place them in a decorative tin, or even stack them in a mason jar. Add a ribbon and a handwritten note, and you’ve got a beautiful, personalized gift.

In Conclusion

Three-ingredient butter cookies are more than just a tasty treat. They’re a symbol of love and care, a homemade gift that’s as enjoyable to make as it is to receive. So next time you’re looking for the perfect gift, why not consider these delightful cookies? They might just be the sweet surprise that makes someone’s day.

3 Ingredient Butter Cookies

The beauty of these cookies lies in their simplicity. With just three ingredients – butter, sugar, and flour – anyone can whip up a batch of these delightful treats. They don’t require any fancy equipment or complicated techniques, making them perfect for bakers of all skill levels.
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Prep Time 45 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Course cookies
Cuisine American
Servings 16


  • 1 cup 227 g butter
  • 1 cup 118 g powdered sugar
  • 2 cups 256 g all purpose flour


  • Preheat oven to 350°F (177°C). Line 2 large baking sheets with silicone baking mat or parchment paper.
  • In a large mixing bowl, add butter and sugar. Cream at highest speed for about 5 minutes or until light and fluffy. The mixture should turn from yellow to white and look like whipped cream when you are done. If you are using a stand mixer, make sure to stop and scrape the sides of your bowl a few times with a spatula so that all the butter gets creamed. I used the wire whisk attachment with the stand mixer.
  • Add in the flour. Mix in at low speed and then gradually increase speed once flour is incorporated. The mixture will be crumbly at first but then should form a thick, soft dough, almost like a thick paste. You can stop mixing once the dough comes together.
  • Add dough to a piping bag. Using a large open star tip (I used one with a 1/2 inch opening), pipe swirls or whatever design you prefer. Space cookies 1 inch apart. See notes for other options if you don’t wish to pipe the cookies. Place piped cookies into fridge for 30 minutes so the dough is chilled. This will prevent the cookies from spreading too much when they bake.
  • Place one cookie sheet into the middle of your oven. Bake cookies for about 15-20 minutes or until edges and surface start to turn a light brown. (Mine took about 18-20 minutes). Remove cookies from oven and bake the second tray. Let cookies cool on cookie sheet before removing. Store uneaten cookies in an airtight container.


Your butter needs to be very soft and slightly melted to work best.
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