Vintage Betty Crocker: Butter Cookies

This Betty Crocker cookbook was published in the 60’s and was one of my mother’s favorite cookbooks. I used it here and there too, but didn’t really develop an interest in cooking and baking until I was in my late twenties. As a teen, the only things I knew how to make from scratch were chocolate chip cookies and grilled cheese sandwiches! :) One day I decided to try a new recipe. I looked through the cookbook in my mom’s kitchen and picked out the Butter Cookies recipe…it only had 4 ingredients, so I figured I couldn’t mess it up too badly! When those cookies came out of the oven and I tasted one, I was surprised at how good they were…and how easy they were to make. So now I could not only make chocolate chip cookies and grilled cheese, but I could also make these wonderfully rich homemade Butter Cookies! I gained a little more confidence in my baking skills that day.

My mom gave me this cookbook a few years ag0, since she doesn’t cook or bake as much as she used to. I found the cookie recipe that I had made in my teenage years and have made it several times since. It’s so good and easy, I thought I’d share it with you.


  • 1 cup soft butter
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 cup finely chopped walnuts

Heat oven to 350 degrees. Combine all ingredients and blend well. Roll dough on floured surface to 1/4″ thickness. Cut with 1 1/2″ cookie cutter. Place on ungreased baking sheet. Bake 10-12 minutes, until set but not brown. Cool. Makes 8 dozen cookies.

These cookies taste great just the way they are, but if you want to make them fancier, you can frost them with your favorite icing or make cookie “sandwiches” with raspberry jam.

Linked to Vintage Thingie Thursday, Sundae Scoop, Sunday Showcase.

17 thoughts on “Vintage Betty Crocker: Butter Cookies

  1. Really love your site and am glad to have found it. Your recipe for pumpkin bread looks amazing and I’m anxious to try it! I also have a couple of vintage cookbooks my grandmother passed to me and it’s so fun to try the recipes. Looking forward to being a regular reader!

    • These cookies have been a part of our Christmas tradition for 40 years! They taste exactly like the lovely “crescent” Christmas favorites….only better…mmmm melt in your mouth! Thank you for posting this…my cookbook {that I received when I was a newly wed young wife} has fallen apart with use.

  2. Cannot believe you have that cookbook!!! I also have my mom’s copy! The buttermilk pancakes on page 93 are the only ones I make! And the peanut butter cookies are to die for too… How fun – now I must try these butter cookies! (Maybe we can start a craze for old Betty Crocker cookbooks!)

    • Thanks for letting me know about the pancakes-I hadn’t tried those yet! There’s nothing like cooking with those classic recipes! And I like the idea of starting a Betty Crocker vintage cookbook craze! :)

  3. I grew up with Betty Crocker cookbooks around, various publications through the years, and they really did give me cooking confidence. Sounds like yummy butter cookies. Glad you found a good recipe and resource!

  4. I collect vintage cookbooks and have this one also. I love this one and use it the most. I love trying old and new recipe’s out!

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