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French Butter Cookies


Since these sublime cookies rely on butter for much of their flavor, use the best quality creamery butter you can find.

Source: Martha Stewart Living, May 1995



Cook's Notes

For decorative effect, pierce the top of each cookie to resemble buttonholes and sprinkle them with raw turbinado sugar before baking. The dough can be made a day or two in advance and can be frozen in an airtight container for up to a month.

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  • fulviaw
    19 DEC, 2017
    I love these cookies and have been making them for years, getting compliments each time. Using the best butter is important. The taste is delicious. I have used cookie cutters to shape the dough at times, especially in the fall to get Maple Leaf cookies and roll the dough in tiny round confetti candy that is coloured orange, brown, red, yellow, for a beautiful fall look for our table setting. I freeze logs of dough to cut and bake as I need to bake them.
  • Miss Caroline
    13 MAY, 2014
    Wonderful cookies. I added some orange extract and cardamom to them, which was a lovely addition! I also put the dough in the freezer for about 15 minutes because I did not want to wait an hour for it to firm, which worked fine for me.
  • MS11079828
    26 JAN, 2014
    I made theses cookies for the Holidays in 2013 and gave them away in a cookie gift box, everybody loved them! So i wondered how would they taste if i made half chocolate and haft plain old butter cookie? Well it came out looking like a chocolate, butter swirl cookie and my family loved them! I will be using this recipe for the Holidays in 2014 as gifts. I wish this web site allowed you to upload the recipes that we made from Martha Stewart so that we may show off our creations.
  • MS10698984
    28 AUG, 2012
    simply yummy
  • suefromTexas
    21 JUN, 2011
    I love this cookie. none better!
  • spoole79
    9 FEB, 2011
    Has anyone had a problem with the cookies spreading out and loosing their shape?
  • jennchristensen
    15 DEC, 2010
    This will be the 4th year that I've included these scrumptious cookies in my Christmas cookie giveaways. They're personally my favorite, so I always factor in extras for myself! They really are a great choice - charming and yummy.
  • Graybear
    30 SEP, 2008
    My guests thought they were from a bakery... they were amazed that I made them considering I am 'new' to baking.
  • MS112607397
    5 SEP, 2008
    Wonderful, delicious and elegant looking. Gone before I knew it !!! buddyone

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