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French Buttercream Cookies
Prep Time
40 mins
Cook Time
8 mins
Total Time
48 mins

The dough for these French Buttercream Cookies can be tinted to make them extra festive for any occasion and be sure to add colored sugar crystals on top.

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: French Butter cookies, French Buttercream Cookies
Servings: 4 dozen cookies
Author: Megan
  • 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup unsalted butter softened
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 1/4 cups flour
  1. Mix all ingredients EXCEPT flour on low speed with a mixer for 1 minute.

  2. Add flour and blend at low speed until well mixed.
  3. Tint dough if desired (not required).
  4. Chill dough for 30 minutes.
  5. Shape into 3/4-inch balls and place on a greased cookie sheet about two inches apart. If the dough begins to warm up, it may be necessary to chill it between each pan.

  6. Flatten each cookie ball with a fork (dip fork in flour if it sticks to dough).
  7. Sprinkle each cookie with colored sugars.
  8. Bake at 350 degrees F for 5 to 8 minutes until set but NOT brown.
  9. Let cookies stand on cookie sheet for about 1 minute. Remove cookies from pan and cool on rack.

Recipe Notes

What makes this butter cookie recipe so great is that you can change up with coloring to make them fit whatever you are celebrating.

  • For Christmas, tint the dough red or green or simply use red or green colored sugar crystals on the top. 
  • For Easter or birthdays, use pastel colors of your choice.
  • Store the cookies in an airtight container.
  • Want to bake ahead? Just stick these cookies in the freezer and pull them out when you need them. They will stay good for several weeks if frozen.
  • Looking for some more Christmas cookie options?  Try our Mom's Dainty Logs and Chocolate Crinkles