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As Christmas quickly approaches, cookie ideas begin to flow. Butter cookies are one of my favorite recipes. Melt in your mouth texture, with an added hint of almond, these cookies have been a favorite of mine for a long time. Taking a spin on an old recipe is always fun. I find that chocolate dipped butter cookies are even more delicious!

delicious chocolate dipped almond butter cookies for Christmas

If you have never made butter cookies before, they are a bit different than other cookies. Their texture is more of a shortbread cookie as they have no rising agent. What makes them different is butter cookies can be piped and made into many different shapes and designs. They can also be chilled and baked similarly to shortbread.

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What You Need:

  • Butter (2 sticks) – This seems like a lot, but butter is what gives it the melt in your mouth taste. It also offers structure.
  • Granulated Sugar – Sugar in this recipe is part of the base of the dough.
  • Egg – An egg helps to bind the dough together.
  • Vanilla and Almond Extract – This adds the real flavor to the cookies. You can substitute more vanilla if you don’t like almond extract.
  • All-Purpose Flour – Added at the end, directly into the bowl with the dry ingredients.
  • Salt – Helps to really bring out the flavor in the cookies.
  • Milk – A tablespoon or two will really help the dough to become thin enough to pipe (if you desire).
  • Semi-Sweet Baking Chocolate (Optional) – Melted, and for dipping after the cookies have been baked.
  • Sprinkles (Optional) – For Festive fun!

delicious and easy butter cookie recipe

Tips for Getting it Right

Ensure that all ingredients are room temperature – In order for the cookies to be piped and shaped the way you desire, the dough has to be soft enough to pipe. Using cold ingredients (such as an egg or milk), will make the butter cold and harden the dough. This will give you more of a shortbread dough than a piping dough.

Use a Large Piping Tip – If you are piping your cookies, be sure to use a 1 inch (or more) piping tip. The cookie dough is thick and the cookies need to be large.

Chill the cooking before baking – If you are piping the dough (and even if you aren’t), be sure to chill the dough for 20-30 minutes before baking. This will prevent the cookies from spreading out on the baking sheet, and maintain their shape.

Use Parchment Paper or Silicone Mat – Some people swear by using no sheet at all, but what you want to avoid is greasing the surface before baking the cookies. The grease will also ruin the shape of your cookies.

how to make butter cookies and decorate for Christmas

Baking the Cookies

Once the cookies have been chilled for 30 minutes, bake the cookies at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 12-15 minutes, until the edges are slightly browned. Allow them to cool before dipping the cookies in chocolate and decorating.

Decorating the Cookies

Melt one cup of semi-sweet baking chocolate in a bowl – either in the microwave or in a double boiler on the stovetop – and dip cooled cookies halfway into the chocolate. Remove the cookies and add sprinkles to the chocolate before the chocolate cools.

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Chocolate Dipped Butter Cookies

These melt in your mouth butter cookies are easy to make and dipped in chocolate for an extra special flare.

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword christmas baking, Cookies, holiday baking, Holiday Cooking
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 14 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes


  • 1 cup unsalted butter room temperature
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp pure almond extract
  • 1 egg large
  • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1-2 tbsp milk

For Decoration

  • 4 oz semi-sweet baking chocolate melted
  • 1 tbsp Christmas Sprinkles


  1. In a large bowl, cream together butter and sugar until completely combined and smooth (about 2 minutes).

  2. Add vanilla extract, almond extract and 1 egg. Beat on low-medium speed for about 1 minute, until completely combined.

  3. Add in salt and flour slowly, while mixing on low speed. Continue to mix in flour until completely combined.

  4. Mix in 1-2 tablespoons of milk into the dough, on medium speed. Add in enough milk to soften the dough and make it pipe-able. If you are not piping the dough, 1 tablespoon should be fine. If you are piping the dough, use as much milk as necessary to soften the dough for piping.

  5. Line cookie sheets with parchment paper. Pipe dough in circles, or place dough in cute shapes on the parchment paper. Chill for 30 minutes in the refrigerator.

  6. While cookies are chilling, preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

  7. Once chilled, bake cookies for 12-15 minutes, until slightly browned at the edges.

For Decoration

  1. Melt semi-sweet baking chocolate in a bowl by microwaving, or melt in a double-boiler over the stovetop.

  2. Dip each cookie halfway into the melted chocolate.

  3. Add sprinkles to the cookies before the chocolate cools. Once cooled, enjoy!

easy to make butter cookies with chocolate christmas decorations

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