Recipe By Guinevere Barr
Published May 31st
Prep - Cook - Additional - Ready In -
Servings 3 dozen Calories 158.1

This is my favorite cookie recipe. If you want to add frosting, I wrote a recipe for that too.

Recipe Ingredients

  • 1 cup butter
  • ⅓ cup white sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 ½ cups sifted all-purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 3 cups sifted confectioners' sugar
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • ⅓ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup butter, melted
  • 3 tablespoons milk

Cooking Directions

  1. 1 Cream together 1 cup butter and white sugar. Beat in the egg and 1 teaspoon vanilla. Combine together the sifted flour, salt and ground cinnamon and stir into butter mixture.
  2. 2 Cover and chill dough for 3 hours.
  3. 3 Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  4. 4 Lightly flour a rolling pin. Roll out dough on lightly floured wax paper and cut with cookie cutter. As dough warms it becomes unworkable. Return to refrigerator as needed. Bake on ungreased cookie sheet 15-20 minutes until lightly browned.
  5. 5 To Make Icing: Sift confectioners' sugar into mixing bowl. Add vanilla, salt, and butter. Add milk one tablespoon at a time while beating until spreadable consistency. Continue beating on medium for 10 minutes. Ice cookies.

Nutrition Facts

  • Calories 158.1
  • Carbohydrate 20.9 g
  • Cholesterol 25.5 mg
  • Fat 7.9 g
  • Fiber 0.3 g
  • Protein 1.2 g
  • Saturated Fat 4.9 g
  • Sodium 97.1 mg
  • Sugar 14 g


  1. one word... YUMMY!! I thought the dough was so nice to work with. I took out pieces of dough from the fridge to cut cookies with and when I ran out I grabbed more as I went along..... MMMMMMMMMMMMMMMM....... lovely
  2. I wasn't impressed. The cookies were kind of hard after baking. I don't mean crisp either. I won't make again.
  3. People cry of happiness when I make these cookies. Add a little bit more sugar and cut the frosting ingredients in half and you will have delicious cinnamon shortbread cookies.
  4. Wonderful light cinnamon flavor and easy to make. A nice addition to my spiced cookie holiday platter. Great as a tea cookie or frosted.
  5. I did not like these cookies. They're ok while eating them but I found them to leave an unpleasant cinnamon-salty aftertaste. However it could just be me. My husband liked them so he took the remainder of the batch to work with him: 2 of his coworkers loved them so much they have asked for - Read more ...
  6. I thought that these cookies provided a nice variation from the standard butter cookie. The delicate cinnamon flavor makes them a very festive holiday cookie. The dough was reasonably easy to work with though it did soften up before I could finish the half batch I made and I had to briefly return it to - Read more ...
  7. I LOVED these cookies. They go good with the brown sugar frosting ( Just dip them in the frosting and wha-la! YUMMY COOKIES....
  8. These cookies are excellent! I was looking for a butter cookie recipe but decided to try these instead. So glad I did! Thanks!
  9. I sorry they were not good. I must have done something wrong!

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