DIY: My Winning Cookie Recipe!

my cookies styled in Country Home magazine

It’s time!
And this one’s our favorite.

Baking these buttercream iced butter cookies
is a holiday tradition with my kids,
dating back more than 20 years.

My recipe even won a contest a few years back!

Keep reading to get to the recipe.*

Enjoy some wine and cheese
as you prepare the dough
the night before you’ll bake them.

*Do lick the bowl.*

The next day: roll out the dough
(or be super lazylike and just
do the cut and bake thang),
cut out shapes, and bake em off.
The frosting is unbelievably sweet-baby-Jesus-delish…you’ll see.

Here is the lovely crew we’re lucky
enough to call family…we’re hosting
Christmas Eve, then, we’ll head
to their place for a continuation
of Christmas shenanigans.

Let’s bake cookies and
get our merry on, peeps!

Peace to you right where you are.


*Luke’s Christmas Love Cookies

Prep: 50 minutes

Chill: 2 hours

Bake: 7 minutes/batch

Oven: 375°

1 cup butter, softened

1 1/2 cups powdered sugar

1 tsp. baking soda

1 tsp. cream of tartar

1 egg

1 tsp. vanilla

1/2 tsp. almond extract

2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

1 7-oz. jar marshmallow cream

3/4 cup butter, cut up and softened

3/4 tsp. vanilla

1/2 cup powdered sugar

Colored sprinkles

1. In a large mixing bowl, with an electric mixer on medium to high speed, beat 1 cup butter for 30 seconds. Add 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar, baking soda, and cream of tartar. Beat until combined, scraping sides of bowl occasionally. Beat in egg, 1 teaspoon vanilla, and almond extract. Beat in as much of the flour as you can with the mixer. Stir in any remaining flour. Divide in half. Cover and chill for 2 to 3 hours or until easy to handle.

2. On a lightly floured surface roll half of dough at a time until slightly less than 1/4 inch thick. Cut dough using a 2 1/2-inch star-shape cutter. Place 1 inch apart on ungreased cookie sheets.

3. Bake in 375° oven 7 to 8 minutes or until edges begin to brown. Transfer to wire racks; cool.

4. In large mixing bowl beat marshmallow cream, gradually adding 3/4 cup softened butter. Beat in 3/4 teaspoon vanilla and 1/2 cup powdered sugar. Spread or pipe atop cookies. Sprinkle with colored sprinkles. Makes 6 1/2 dozen cookies.

TO STORE : Store in a single layer in refrigerator until frosting sets, about 1 hour. Store in a single layer in an airtight container in refrigerator for up to 3 days. For longer storage, freeze uniced cookies.

Per cookie: 73 cal., 4 g fat (3 g sat. fat), 14 mg chol., 49 mg sodium, 8 g carbo., 0 g dietary fiber, 1 g protein.



  1. December 24, 2012 / 6:06 am

    Those are so pretty to look at. That's so neat about winning the contest.

  2. December 24, 2012 / 6:06 am

    Those cookies look great… as does your family… Merry, Merry Christmas!

  3. December 24, 2012 / 10:52 am

    I'm done baking cookies for one week so I'm going to make your cookies in a few days when I've rested some they look delicious! Your family looks wonderful such a gorgeous group.

    I wish you and yours a very Merry Christmas Michele!


  4. December 24, 2012 / 12:42 pm

    What a beautiful family!
    I admit to using frozen cookie dough this year. I purchased it from a sweet little girl in the neighborhood who was selling it as a fundraiser for school!

    Merry Christmas, Michele!



  5. December 24, 2012 / 2:54 pm

    Wishing you a very Merry Christmas!!! xo

  6. December 24, 2012 / 4:42 pm

    Merry Christmas Michele!!! I can't wait to try these cookies, I've been in search of a better recipe! I just want to thank you for lifting me with your beautiful spirit and talents!!! You give back more than you know and I thank you so much for that! You have such a beautiful family and I hope you all have a wonderful Christmas!!!


  7. December 24, 2012 / 6:48 pm

    Merry Christmas darling!
    Will bake these tom. Fingers crossed!!!

  8. December 24, 2012 / 9:41 pm

    The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit.

    Merry Christmas,
    Pearl 13.1

  9. December 25, 2012 / 3:05 am

    No way! This is your very own recipe!?, that won a contest and was featured in a magazine?! And you shared it with us for Christmas! That's so sweet… They look like they would taste divine


  10. December 25, 2012 / 3:24 pm

    Hope u had a wonderful Christmas!!! Peace for the new year!!
    Xo Karolyn

  11. December 26, 2012 / 5:26 am

    I feel like such a Slacker, I didn't bake a single Cookie this Holiday Season! Your Images and Recipe have Inspired me to get a late start on it… better late than never, right?! *winks*

    Merry Christmas from the Arizona Desert… Dawn… The Bohemian

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