Swedish Butter Cookies

This recipe was sent to from visitor,  Lisa Sell, who tells us:

“This recipe has been handed down in my husband’s family for generations. They are a delicious, buttery shortbread type cookie which is a favorite of our kids and extended family too. And because you roll and slice, they are not hard to make. Enjoy!”


  • 1 cup butter (must be butter)
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 1/4 cups flour
  • Colored sugar


Pre-heat oven to 375°F.

Put colored sugars into their own plates for rolling later.

Cream butter well in a large bowl. Add sugar and vanilla. Add the flour to make batter stiff, but do not overmix.

Form dough into a log. Roll log in colored sugar.

Wrap in plastic wrap or wax paper and refrigerate to stiffen.

Slice in 1/4 inch slices.

Bake just until bottom starts to become golden, about 8-10 minutes. Do not overbake.

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