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 ago, 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.
BUTTER COOKIES from a 1960’s Betty Crocker cookbook
- 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.