Rolling dough with star-shaped cookie cutters on a wooden surface.

The Best Buttery Cookie Recipe for Valentine’s Day or Any Day

It’s a perfect time to whip up a little sweet treat to celebrate the day 

By Laura Carson Miller

Happy Valentine’s Day, my friends! 

My husband just adores butter cookies. Those beautiful tins of Danish butter cookies, in shapes and sizes to dazzle both the eye and the palate, don’t last long over here! 

While there are many recipes available for butter cookies, and ways to make them your own ~ including a half dip in melted chocolate, adding chopped pecans or sprinkling with colorful sugar  ~ the buttery flavor and crisp texture always bring us back for more. Plus, mixing, dipping and decorating is such fun to do with your kids or grandkids!

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I hope you enjoy this recipe and I wish you a Valentine’s filled with love and joy that lives in your heart today and throughout the entire year.

Best Butter Cookies


1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened

1 cup sugar

1 egg

2 tablespoons orange juice

1 tablespoon vanilla extract

2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon baking powder

colored sugar (optional), for decorating


Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.

In a bowl, cream butter and sugar. Add egg, orange juice, and vanilla and mix well. Add flour and baking powder. Cover dough and chill for 2 to 3 hours, or until firm.

Roll out portions of dough to 1/4 inch thick, keeping the rest chilled. Cut out with cookie cutters. Sprinkle some of the cookies with colored sugar before baking, if desired. Place onto un-greased cookie sheets and bake for about 8 minutes, or until lightly browned. Cool completely on wire rack before dipping in melted chocolate.

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