Four Ingredients Equal Butter Cookies

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I made these on Saturday.

They were Recipe #2 in my Real Farmwives of America and Friends in the Kitchen project with Gooseberry Patch. I’m cooking from Christmas Kitchen cookbook and when I’ve shared 10 recipes from it, I am giving away a copy right here on my blog! Woo Hoo.

I’ve decided that I gravitate towards recipes with five or less ingredients! Fewer ingredients equal less chance of me making a mistake. These cookies only have 4 ingredients…yes, just 4.

I didn’t take step-by-step photos because there were only a couple and all of the ingredients were white (well, the butter was light yellow) so photos wouldn’t have been too exciting.

I actually halved the recipe because I only had two sticks of butter and didn’t really want 4 dozen of these melt-in-your-mouth cookies sitting in my kitchen all weekend because I would be compelled to eat all of them.

Grandma’s Butter Cookies
1 lb. butter, softened
1 c. cornstarch
1 c. powdered sugar
2 c. all-purpose flour

Blend all ingredients together (I sifted the dry ingredients before adding them to the butter); divide into 2 logs. Wrap in wax paper; refrigerate overnight. Slice logs into 1/2-inch thick; cut each slice into quarters (I overlooked this step…oops). Arrange on ungreased baking sheets. Bake at 325 degrees for 18 to 20 minutes. Cool on paper towels. Makes 3 to 4 dozen.

A couple of notes:

  • I’m not sure how thick the “logs” are supposed to be. I like very specific instructions so this step stressed me out.
  • I’m not sure how to judge the cookies “done.” I left them in until they were lightly brown around the edges.
  • I could eat an entire bowl of this cookie dough…I usually have a strict “no eating unbaked cookie dough” rule, but I’m a sucker for butter and powdered sugar…Divine.

Despite my concerns about the unknown, the cookies turned out to be delicious.

They truly are wonderful just as they are…butter cookies. However, I am a firm believer that chocolate makes EVERYTHING better, so I melted up some Ghirardelli  60% Cocoa chocolate chips…

…and dipped the cookies. Either way the cookies are winners in my book. Definitely going to add them to the list of “cookies to make at Christmas” and they are a great option for a “non-chocolate” cookie.

Special thanks to Gooseberry Patch for providing me with this great cookbook to try and share with you. If you would like to purchase this or other cookbooks, please visit their store. If you would like to see other great recipes, check out

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