The Best Butter Cookie You Ever Had!

by Janice -

As promised, I have retuned with a new recipe for you to try out. A personal favorite of mine…the Butter Cookie. But before we dive in, let me give a bit of background on this delicious treat.

Balsen is one of the largest cookie producers in Germany. The German family-owned company was founded 1889 by Hermann Bahlsen (1859-1919). Hermann worked as a sweets salesperson in Great Britian. It was there that he learned about English "cakes". In 1889 he founded the Hannover Cakes Factory. While the competition still sold their "cakes" (cookies) individually, he pre-packed them in bags and sold them as such. In 1892 he named his cookies "butter-cakes" after the German court-appointed librarian Gottfried Wilhelm Leibnitz, and is now known as THE butter cookie in Germany.

Now on to the recipe…and don’t forget to watch our iStopMotion ‘how to’!


-500g / 4 cups Flour

-375g / about 3¼ sticks (26.5 TBSP) Butter (room temperature)

-190g / ¾ cup Sugar

-4 Egg yolks

-1 Egg

For the frosting:

-1 Pack / 2 cups Powdered Sugar

-Lemon or Lime Juice

Preheat the oven to 200°C/400°F

Knead flour, egg yolks, whole egg and butter (add gradually) into a ball of dough Put dough in the fridge for about one hour or so, as the dough shouldn't be too soft Roll dough out into a thin layer, about 3mm thick, and use your choice of cookie cutters to create cookies.

Bake the cookies for about 6-7 minutes, until they are golden brown

Let cool. Meanwhile, prepare the glazing. In a bowl, add juice to powdered sugar and stir until it gets to a creamy texture. Apply a thin layer on each cookie. You can also add sprinkles or dried unicorn tears on top.