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XMAS - Mutti's Butter Cookies

These little butter cookies 
are just 
the best!

I'd rather leave the decorating to someone else...

The waft of cinnamon while baking, fills the kitchen with marvelous aroma.

And I wish I were baking them now, as it's -12° here this morning...

This is a simple recipe for these cookies, and I used all 3 cups of flour.

Easy to cutout

Umm, the aroma!

I reworked the dough a couple of times while rolling out and cutting.  It’s the first cookie dough I’ve made that did not crumble and dry out when re-rolling.  It's a magnificent dough to work with!

The Chicago Tribune Holiday Cookies cookbook featured this recipe that won second place for Ivy Risch in the 2009 cookie contest.  

She can trace the recipe back to her missionary grandparents’ years in China and her grandmother’s friendship with Madame Chiang Kai-shek.  

Her grandmother called the cookies “speculatius.”

I say they’re spectacular!  

They truly are spectacularly buttery ~ and delicious!

Mutti’s Butter Cookies


2½ sticks (1¼cups)  butter, softened
3 eggs
2 cups sugar
1 teaspoon salt
3 cups flour, divided
¼ teaspoon cinnamon


Combine butter, sugar, eggs and salt in small bowl; stir with wooden spoon until smooth, about 1 minute.
Combine 2¼ cups of the flour and cinnamon in a medium bowl; add to butter mixture, 1 cup at a time, stirring to make a soft, sticky dough.
Sprinkle remaining ¾ cup of the flour on counter; place dough on the flour.
Knead, incorporating more flour just until dough is no longer sticky.
Wrap dough in plastic wrap; refrigerate 1 hour or overnight.
Heat oven to 350°.
Remove dough from refrigerator; cut off a 2” piece.
Re-wrap remaining dough; return to refrigerator.
Roll dough out on lightly floured surface to ⅛” thick.
Cut shapes with cookie cutters.
Transfer cookies to parchment-lined baking sheets; bake until edges turn golden brown, 7 to 8 minutes per batch.
Transfer cookies to wire rack to cool.
Repeat with remaining chilled dough.
Makes 100 cookies.

Printable recipe



  1. Happy Holiday Season, Pam! These butter cookies look wonderfully festive and tempting with the icing.

    1. Thanks, Angie! Happy Holidays to you!

  2. Pam, There is nothing like a great butter cookie! Add frosting to kick them up yet again another notch in the flavor satisfaction pantheon... Try to stay warm and have a Merry Christmas! Take Care, Big Daddy Dave

    1. Thanks, Dave! It has warmed up to 14° this afternoon! Merry Christmas to you and yours! Take care

  3. I am all about a good christmas butter cookie. You did a spectacular job :-)
    Merry Christmas Pam!

    Looking forward to all your great recipes in 2017.


    1. Thanks, Velva! They are sooo good! Merry Christmas to you, and have a great 2017!

  4. Yours cookies look wonderful Pam!!
    Merry Christmas

    1. Thanks, Gloria! Merry Christmas to you and yours!

  5. These ccokies look and sound delicious and I love the fact that the ingredient list is not real long. Happy holidays!

    1. Hi Cheri! Yes, I like that too, not a ton of ingredients! Merry Christmas!

  6. Love these pretty cookies. I miss my kids helping me decorate!

    1. Thanks, Abbe! Me too! The boys always did that job for me and it was great! Happy Holidays!

  7. Your cookies look fab and I am sure that they are delicious, too. Happy Holidays to you and your family, Pam! Stay warm!

    1. Thanks, Marguerite! Merry Christmas to you!

  8. Looks delicious!! I hope you have a very Merry Christmas and a happy, healthy new year!!


    1. Thank you, Jill! And the same to you!

  9. Don't you find newspaper recipes seldom disappoint?
    Speculatius..must be the cinnamon?
    Happy holidays..meilleurs voeux de la saison!

    1. Hi Monique! Yes, you're right! And I think it's the cinnamon also. Happy Holidays to you and yours!

  10. Christmas is all about cookies and sweets! They look delicious! Happy Christmas and Joy in your hearts!

    1. You've got it, Katerina! It's a great time of year. Merry Christmas!

  11. Liek the Belgian speculoos? Love those so muhc. These are just adorable and I would eat the plate. Happy holidays xoxo


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