Crackled Butter Cookies

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Crackled Butter Cookies are buttery and sweet with a sugar-glazed top that forms crackled patterns during baking.

Crackled Butter Cookies

Holiday baking can get a little elaborate and over the top. While I have nothing against delicate pastries, exotic ingredients and time-consuming recipes, simple old-fashioned recipes hold a special place in my heart. I love a cookie that is just as easy to make as it is to enjoy, the holidays are busy enough.

But don’t let these Crackled Butter Cookies fool you. They are simple to make, but pack an impressive punch. Crackled Butter Cookies are loaded with buttery flavor and adorned with a pretty crackly sugar topping the forms while the cookies are baking. This recipe quickly became a  family-favorite, the cookies are wonderfully moist and chewy. My youngest has proclaimed these cookies her favorite!

Crackled Butter Cookies

Crackled Butter Cookies

Crackled Butter Cookies

Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 14 minutes
Total Time: 34 minutes


  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup Butter, softened
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • Water
  • 1 cup sugar


  1. Heat oven to 375°F line baking sheets with parchment paper.
  2. Combine 1 cup sugar and 3/4 cup butter in large bowl. Beat at medium speed, scraping bowl often, until creamy. Add egg and vanilla; continue beating until well mixed. Add flour, baking powder and salt; beat at low speed until well mixed.
  3. Place remaining 1 cup sugar in small bowl. Shape dough into 1-inch balls. Dip top of each ball in water, then in sugar. Place 2 inches apart onto cookie sheets. Bake 8-14 minutes or until edges are very lightly browned.


Do not roll the whole cookie dough ball into the sugar, just dip the top of the cookie dough ball into the sugar, otherwise the sugar on the bottom of the cookie melts all over your cookie sheet during baking.


Recipe adapted from: Land O’Lakes

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