Grandma Kirstine’s Butter Cookies

Read Susan Crandell’s story of how holiday cookie baking has become a tradition with her daughter, Brook. They never miss a baking season, even if they are miles apart.  Here’s Susan’s grandma’s butter cookie recipe, one of their favorites. 

Read their story, here.


  • 1 cup unsalted butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1 egg
  • 2 3/4 cups flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt


Pre-heat the oven to 375°F.

Cream the butter and sugar. Beat in the vanilla and egg. Gradually add the flour and salt.

Make small wreaths with the star-shaped extruder of a cookie press (or a cookie bag witha  star-shaped tip).

Bake for 8-10 minutes on an ungreased cookie sheet.

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