Kathy H
Edited on Mar 21, 2005

These buttery delicate cookies are fun to decorate with kids. Let your imagination go wild! Preparation 1 hrs. Baking 10 min.


Cookie Ingredients:

1 cup Butter, softened
1/2 cup sugar
3 egg yolks
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour

Icing Ingredients:

2 1/2 cups sifted powdered sugar
2 tablespoons meringue powder
1/4 cup warm water
1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar
Food color

Decoration Ingredients:

Edible decorator sprinkles, if desired


Combine butter and sugar in large bowl. Beat at medium speed until creamy. Add egg yolks and vanilla; continue beating until well mixed. (Batter will look smooth and shiny.) Gently stir in flour by hand.

Divide dough in half. Shape each half into 9x1 1/4-inch long roll. Wrap in waxed paper or plastic food wrap. Refrigerate until firm (1 hour or overnight).

Heat oven to 350°F. Cut rolls into 1/4-inch slices with sharp knife, turning roll 1/4 turn after each cut. Place 1 inch apart onto greased cookie sheets. Bake for 10 to 14 minutes or until golden brown. Cool completely.

Meanwhile, combine all icing ingredients except food color in large bowl. Beat at low speed until moistened. Increase speed to medium. Beat until stiff and glossy. If too stiff, add additional tablespoon hot water for desired spreading consistency. Tint icing with food color, as desired. Decorate cooled cookies with icing and sprinkles to resemble buttons, as desired.

*Substitute Butter with Canola Oil right from the refrigerator.

TIP: If dough becomes too soft to slice, return to refrigerator to chill and reshape as needed.

TIP:To freeze cookie dough, wrap tightly in plastic food wrap, then in aluminum foil or freezer bag. Cookie dough can be frozen for up to six months. Thaw overnight in refrigerator.

TIP:Cover bowl of icing with damp paper towel until ready to use or cover with plastic food wrap and refrigerate up to 2 weeks. To restore texture, allow icing to reach room temperature, then rebeat.
Ingredient Substitution Index

Yield: 6 dozen cookies

Nutrition Facts (1 cookie)


Calories: 60
Fat: 3 g
Cholesterol: 15 mg
Sodium: 20 mg
Carbohydrates: 8 g
Dietary Fiber: 0 g
Protein: <1 g

Not a NESTLÉ®-tested recipe.

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