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These 5 Ingredient Butter Vanilla Cookies are super easy to make. Butter, sugar, egg, flour, vanilla and just 20 minutes…that’s all you’ll need! Their taste reminds me of butter vanilla cookies you can get on almost every Christmas market in Europe.
5 Ingredient Butter Vanilla Cookies as a perfect Holiday treat
These 5 Ingredient Butter Vanilla Cookies are a perfect sweet for this coming Holidays season and were recently the biggest hit in my house. Here’s why… My 4-year-old is a super picky eater. I know, such a bummer for me.
It really is extreme though. Not only won’t he touch vegetables of any sort (somewhat understandable for a kid), but he’s even fussy with sweets, like chocolate (that one really surprised me). So he refused to eat these Blond Chocolate Dipped Pistachio Financiers or 3 Ingredients Chocolate Coconut Fudge; which meant there was a lot for us.
But I still can’t believe it. So when it came time to demo a potential Santa cookie, chocolate chip cookies weren’t an option because he simply wouldn’t eat them.
Every Saturday he goes to Polish school and his recent lesson was to learn the words/concepts of “yesterday, today and tomorrow.” And “today” the main character in his lesson book was baking cookies. As is our routine, we were practicing Polish the morning before he went to school and he realized that if she’s making cookies today, that he needs to make them too. It was imperative.
Easy recipe for vanilla cookies with colorful sprinkles that every kid can make
And again, chocolate was excluded as an option. However he LOVES vanilla, so I needed to come up with a quick vanilla cookies recipe. I remembered that I once saw a super easy recipe for vanilla cookies; probably somewhere on the vanilla packaging back in Poland. There were just 5 ingredients involved and everything was measured in “1” except for 2 cups of flour. Super easy & checked the vanilla need! I knew this is going to be great, because my son will love to help bake and they’d be done in no time.
There was just one tiny problem. My younger son (currently 10 months old) broke ALL the eggs that we had in the house. I came to realize that holding him on my hip while trying to make breakfast wasn’t the best idea. Apparently, he has something against eggs, because he violently grabbed the egg carton and with malicious intent, threw them to the ground. I think you can imagine the carnage.
So I needed to go to the store and get some eggs for my 5 Ingredient Butter Vanilla Cookies. Yup, one of these ingredients is 1 egg and that’s what was the only thing not readily accessible in my house. Therefore my older son and I went on a mission to procure eggs and while there, he realized that he wanted sprinkles on his cookies and they needed to be green. I must admit it was a fun idea. As a matter of fact, you could choose to use green and red sugar sprinkles and they’d be super festive for the Holidays.
Anyways, my little man was holding the mixer, was adding all the ingredients, putting the dough on a sheet and then sprinkling all of the cookies with the green stuff. They look pretty good, don’t they? I’m such a proud mama.
Ingredients needed to make these Vanilla Cookies
Anyways, if you are looking for a VERY EASY cookies recipes for this coming Holidays, look no further. For these 5 Ingredient Butter Vanilla Cookies you’ll only need:
- And optional sprinkles on top.
And they taste fantastic! They have a rich, buttery consistency and simply melt in your mouth. Better yet, they’re done in just 20 minutes from start to finish. How can you beat that?
5 Ingredient Butter Vanilla Cookies
- 1 cup Butter unsalted, melted
- 1 cup Sugar
- 1 Egg
- 1 tbsp Vanilla Extract
- 2 cups Flour all purpose
- Colored sugar sprinkles optional
- Preheat the oven to 350F;
- Using handheld mixer cream together butter and sugar for about 2-3 minutes;
- Add egg and vanilla and mix well together;
- Add flour, mix with all the ingredients;
- Using teaspoon drop rounds of dough onto the parchment-lined cookie sheet approximately 1 inch apart;
- If using, sprinkle colored sugar on top;
- Bake for 10 minutes; let cool off and enjoy.
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I love that these only have five ingredients! Great for someone like me who doesn’t bake often, and when she does, it’s on a whim 🙂
They are so quick to whip up. My 4 year old loves making them with me 🙂
These are one of my fave cookies ever! They are so buttery and addictive, I swear you can never just eat 1! 🙂 Love the addition of vanilla in them, makes them even more comforting!
Yes, they are so buttery and delicious. I can eat them all the time 🙂
Love how simple these are! They sound so tasty!
Thanks Katie. They are very simple 🙂
Monica | Nourish & Fete
Love these – why is it that the simplest recipes are always the best!? Also I am a huge van of simple vanilla flavor in everything – no need to overcomplicate things, and it’s so elegant!
I know right? It always is this way. The simplest recipes are simply the best 🙂
These cookies looks so divine. I will have to make these soon.
They are divine. I hope you will like them.
My 4 yr old wanted to make ‘vanilla’ cookies & we found your recipe. These are the best sugar cookies I’ve ever had! Thank you!
I’m so happy about that 🙂
These are baking right now, I swapped the sugar to brown and used 1/2 cup of sugar. Thanks for the recipe!
I’d love to try these cookies, am I getting it right though that I should cream melted butter and sugar? Will melted butter cream?
Yesss it really does! I swore it wasn’t going to but just keep going until it gets nice and pale yellow!! Also I only had salted butter and they were still delicious!
But I did let it sit in the microwave for like 30-45 seconds while I measured the sugar into the mixing bowl and flour into another bowl
I can’t wait to make these , could I add chocolate chips to it if I wanted to ?
Absolutely. But add them at the end.
We love it. I used thermomix to do it and took me about 5 min only from melting butter to form a dough. Used a spoon on the end as Edyta recommend and added some white chocolate chunks!
Quck, Easy, Delicious❤️❤️❤️
Wonderful!!!! Thank you Gosia 🙂
Wonderful cookie recipe!
I was looking for a quick and easy recipe to try out a purchase of Usumacinta Pure Mexican Vanilla Extract (not the blend), something I had never tried before. I wanted a recipe that would let the vanilla shine and this did the trick. I used a smaller duck egg (duck eggs are big), real butter, and King Arthur AP flour. These cookies are fabulous! Light, buttery, crunchy, with a melt in your mouth texture that makes them addicting, so be careful! The whole place smells so vanilla delicious! And it was a so easy recipe! Thanks Edyta for sharing!
Hi! Could I use cookie cutters with these or would they not hold the shape?
You can try but the dough is soft.
Gerry - BK
Thank you for sharing your lovely recipe. The sugar cookie was wonderful. Soft, tender and delicious. The cookies were quick and easy to make with great results. Happy to have tried these.
Gerry - BK
Nice crunchy sugar cookie. It was quick and easy to make with great results. Thanks for sharing.
My Polish Grandmother would make sugar cookies and ice them for Christmas. I remember her sugar cookie batter had eggs in it. Would you use icing on these . . . confectioners sugar, milk, lemon juice and then sprinkles?
this is an amazing recipe❤❤it’s tasty too mmm my entire family loved it when I served it.
Can u grind them up to make a crust for a pie? Or since pie crusts add butter and sugar would this recipe be too much for a pie crust?