Nana's Butter Cookies
Author: Freida Miller
Prep time: 45 mins
Cook time: 13 mins
Total time: 58 mins
  • 2½ cups all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • pinch of salt
  • 16 tablespoons (2 sticks) Land O’ Lakes lightly salted butter, softened
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • 3 egg yolks
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ teaspoon almond extract
  • Red Raspberry Preserves
  • Blueberry Preserves
  • Peach Preserves
  1. For the cookies:
  2. Preheat the oven to 350°. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper or butter them and set aside.
  3. Whisk the flour, baking powder and salt together. Set aside.
  4. Cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes, scraping the bowl down a couple of times. Add the egg yolks, vanilla and almond extracts and blend well. Add the flour, baking powder and salt and mix until smooth.
  5. Break off pieces of the dough the size of a large marble and roll into balls. Place the balls on buttered baking sheets and slightly flatten down to form a small puffy disk. Press each cookie with a thimble (I use the back end of a large knitting needle) and fill the hole with preserves using a measuring teaspoon. Do not push the hole all the way through to the bottom of the dough. Bake for 12-14 minutes until the bottoms are a pale brown.
  6. Let sit on the baking sheet for 5 minutes and then transfer to a cooling rack to cool.
  7. Wrap the cookies in an airtight container with wax paper in between the layers. These cookies freeze beautifully.
  8. Betsy's tidbits:
  9. Land O’ Lakes lightly salted butter was the butter that Nana used and since I think the recipe is perfect as is, it is my butter of choice, too.
  10. Use different kinds of preserves or jams for a colorful plate of cookies. I use Red Raspberry Preserves, Seedless Blackberry Jam, Apricot or Peach Preserves and Blueberry Jam.
  11. The marble size balls are the equivalent of 1½ teaspoons of dough. The balls may be made smaller or larger, just remember to adjust the baking time accordingly.
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