Slice and Bake Butter Cookies

Another Mom recipe.    You can generally tell which ones are my mom’s because they’re not overly sweet – they’re not dessert so much as cookies you have in the afternoon with coffee or tea.   Now, I love me some sweet but sometimes it’s nice to have something a little less overwhelming.   And these are one of those cookies.   They’re incredibly good, but won’t, you know, make your teeth hurt from the sugar.   That said….they ARE cookies so it’s not like I’m having you eat your vegetables here.  🙂



·        2 cups flour

·        ½ t baking powder

·        ½ t salt

·        1 cup butter, softened to room temperature

·        2/3 cup sugar

·        2 egg yolks

·        2 t vanilla

Ingredients for when you actually cook

·        2 egg whites

·        1/3 cup sugar (this can be colored if you’re feeling adventurous.   You’ll see below, but this doesn’t go in the batter…you roll the log of dough in it.)

·        ½ cup pecan halves  (Not required – sometimes you feel like a nut, sometimes…well, you know the rest.) 


Whisk the flour, baking powder and salt until they’re well blended, then put it aside.

In another bowl, beat the butter and sugar until they’re fluffy – probably take a minute or two.   Then add the egg yolks and vanilla and beat that until they’re fully mixed in.

I love doing this

Next take the flour mix you set aside and add that to the butter and sugar mix, and beat that until it’s combined.


Shape the dough into rolls like this.

IMG_5526  Like other slice and bake cookies I’ve talked about, these cookies don’t spread much when you cook them so however wide you make the tube is about how big around the cookies will be.  You should get two or three rolls, depending on how big you make the rolls.

Wrap the rolls in wax paper and freeze for at least a couple hours.

Go do something ridiculous and send me a photo of what you’re doing.   (But seriously, nothing unsafe or illegal unless you’re absolutely, positively sure you can get away with it.)

To cook them, first take the egg whites and beat them with a fork until foamy.  Then, unwrap a roll and brush it with the egg whites.

Spread out a piece of wax or parchment paper, sprinkle the sugar on it (preferably while belting out “Pour Some Sugar on Me”), and then roll the logs in the sugar.


IMG_6030Cut the cookies however thick you’d like, just remember the thicker you cut them, the chewier they’ll be (yum) and the thinner you cut them the crispier they’ll be (meh).

IMG_6033If you want, take a pecan half and press it into the middle of the cookie.    I did not want.

Bake on a cookie sheet at 325° for about 18-20 minutes, or until the bottoms have started to brown.   Cool on wire racks and enjoy.


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