Christmas Butter Cookies


Christmas Butter Cookies

Christmas Butter Cookies
10 Min

Our Christmas Butter Cookies are the perfect treat to box up and deliver to friends and family before the big day. They'll love these homemade food gifts, and be extra thankful when you tell them they're on the lighter side!

What You'll Need

  • 1 stick butter, softened
  • 1/4 cup canola oil
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 1/4 cups flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 12 drops red food color
  • 12 drops green food color

What to Do

  1. Line a 9 x 5-inch loaf pan with plastic wrap, hanging over sides of pan.
  2. In a large bowl beat butter, oil, sugar, egg and vanilla with an electric mixer until well blended. Beat in flour and salt just until dough forms.
  3. Divide dough into 3 parts. In a medium bowl, mix 1 part dough with red food color until thoroughly blended. Press red dough into bottom of prepared pan. Gently press plain colored dough on top of red dough.
  4. In another medium bowl, mix the remaining dough with green food color. Gently press the green dough on top of plain dough. Cover, refrigerate at least one hour until chilled.
  5. Heat oven to 375 degrees F. Using plastic wrap, lift dough from pan. Cut dough lengthwise in half. Cut crosswise into 1/4-inch thick slices.
  6. Place on ungreased baking sheets. Bake 10 to 12 minutes or until light brown around edges.


  • Although the recipe calls for 12 drops each of red and green food coloring, you can add more to achieve the colors you like. Go slow, a little food coloring makes a big difference!

Nutritional InformationShow More

Servings Per Recipe: 72

  • Amount Per Serving % Daily Value *
  • Calories 39
  • Calories from Fat 19
  • Total Fat 2.2g 3 %
  • Saturated Fat 0.9g 5 %
  • Trans Fat 0.1g 0 %
  • Protein 0.5g 1 %
  • Amount Per Serving % Daily Value *
  • Cholesterol 6.0mg 2 %
  • Sodium 28mg 1 %
  • Total Carbohydrates 4.4g 1 %
  • Dietary Fiber 0.1g 0 %
  • Sugars 1.4g 0 %

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I had a very difficult time making these cookies. Hard to blend in the food coloring and hard to press into loaf pan.

Add 1/2 cup Splenda to this recipe also can use 1 teaspoon almond extract to red part if too dry add a bit extra butter or oil... I never use canola oil I have never seen canola growing just what is canola?? I use regular vegetable oil or butter

made these twice!! great cookie!! problem was cutting them so all looked the same!! on the 2nd batch i added more vanilla as i was told by a friend all he could taste was flour!! to me both batches tasted the same!! would definitely make these again!!

How much is a stick of butter, Australian Measurements Thank you

Guess what? We figured this one out for you! One stick of butter is 113 grams in Australian measurements. Happy cookin'!

These are pretty and I can visualize other color combos for other occasions. Brown and orange at Halloween, Green and yellow for Easter, pink and blue for a baby shower.


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