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Striped Butter Cookies

These rich, buttery cookies are delicious plain, decorated, or sandwiched around fillings.

  • Yield: Makes 100 cookies or 50 sandwiches
Striped Butter Cookies

Photography: Ditte Isager

Source: Martha Stewart Living, July 2010


  • 4 sticks unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • Salt
  • 5 cups all-purpose flour (4 3/4 cups for chocolate variation), plus more for surface
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder (for chocolate variation)


  1. Beat butter and sugar with a mixer on medium-high speed until smooth. Add 1/2 teaspoon salt and the flour, 1 cup at a time. (For chocolate variation: Add cocoa with last cup of flour.) Scrape down sides of bowl. Beat until smooth, about 2 minutes. Refrigerate until chilled but not firm, about 15 minutes.

  2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Roll out dough to 1/4-inch thickness on a floured surface. Cut out one hundred 1 1/2-inch rounds, rerolling scraps; transfer to parchment-lined baking sheets.

  3. Bake until pale gold (or just browning around the edges if making chocolate variation), about 16 minutes. Let cool.

Reviews (10)

  • Anarie 27 Jul, 2010

    In the US, a stick of butter is a far MORE precise measure than cups. I have weighed sticks of butter out of curiosity, and I never found one less than 113 grams or more than 115. I don't know about you, but I am not that consistent when I use a measuring cup. A half cup measure could weigh anywhere between 95 and 130 grams depending on technique.Since this IS an American site, after all, it's perfectly appropriate to give sticks as a standardized, widely available measurement.

  • harvard44 26 Jul, 2010

    Recipe seems like traditional shortbread to me as well. If anything could be added I'd pop in some finely-chopped pecans or almonds.

  • NATHALIEfromFRANCE 26 Jul, 2010

    Thanks a lot for the answers ladies !
    I love this website ;-) there are wonderful recipes (especialy cupcakes)
    in France we say : MIAM MIAM :p

  • beeinsweden 26 Jul, 2010

    1 lb = 454 grams. 1/4 of a lb = 113.5 grams = one stick of butter.

  • marisoca 26 Jul, 2010

    One stick of butter is 125g :)

  • emmasyaya 25 Jul, 2010

    it seems odd that the very meticulous ms. stewart would have a recipe that called for a measurement as imprecise as "sticks" of butter. generally she would go for cups, with poundage in parentheses.

  • kirstenjohanna 25 Jul, 2010

    4 sticks is equal to one pound of butter

  • NATHALIEfromFRANCE 25 Jul, 2010

    Hello, I am a French woman interessed in Martha's recipes.
    I have a question : how much butter means "4 sticks" ? can somebody help me ?
    thanks a lot,
    Nathalie from France

  • CaliDog 25 Jul, 2010

    Chefcheungies, I don't think any ingredients are missing.
    This is a fairly traditional shortbread recipe.

  • chefcheungies 25 Jul, 2010

    It seems that ingredients are missing from this recipe. No eggs or vanilla?

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