Butter Refrigerator Cookies

This basic butter cookie can be dressed up in a variety of ways. Roll the log of dough in chopped pecans or colored sprinkles to cover the sides for a beautiful finish to these cookies.

Makes: 48Hands-on: 15 minutesTotal: 8 hours 35 minutesDifficulty: Medium

Makes: 48


  • 1 cup unsalted butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 1⁄2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 2 1⁄2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1⁄4 tsp. salt


  • Cream butter and sugar until fluffy. Add vanilla and egg yolks; beat until creamy.
  • Whisk together dry ingredients; stir into butter mixture.
  • Shape dough into logs 2 inches in diameter. Roll in wax paper; place in refrigerator overnight, or freeze if desired.
  • When ready to bake, preheat oven to 350°F.
  • Slice cookies in 3⁄8-inch slices; place on baking sheets 2 inches apart. Bake 8 to 10 minutes.