Butter Dream Cookies

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Butter Dream Cookies

Yield: 24 to 30 cookies

This recipe has been a RecipeGirl family favorite for over 40 years. We like to bake them at Christmas and press red and green maraschino cherries in the middle for decoration.


1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup shortening
1/2 cup granulated white sugar
1 teaspoon almond extract
2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
red and/or green maraschino cherries, optional


1. In a large bowl, use electric mixer to cream butter, shortening, and sugar well. Blend in flavoring and flour. Shape into balls and set on cookie sheet 2 inches apart. If using cherries, press 1/2 of a maraschino cherry in the center of each cookie.

2. Bake at 350 degrees for 8-10 minutes.

Source: RecipeGirl.com

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4 Responses to “Butter Dream Cookies”

  1. 1

    Kate — October 25, 2013 @ 3:22 AM

    Is it possible to make these with 1 cup butter instead of using shortening?
    Thanks :)

  2. 2

    Lori Lange — October 28, 2013 @ 10:48 AM

    I have not tried making these with butter, so I’m not sure.

  3. 3

    Christine — December 18, 2013 @ 6:05 PM

    Is something missing? When I followed the recipe as written the dough was very dry, didn’t stick together at all, and was basically tasteless. They look sooo good in the picture and I was hoping for a new go to recipe. I added eggs, more butter and more sugar just to make them stick together and have some taste. They are in the oven but I’m not very hopeful. :-(

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    Lori Lange — December 19, 2013 @ 1:48 PM

    They’re best with the maraschino cherries- I think this is an old Pillsbury recipe. You shouldn’t have had to add any more ingredients. If you keep mixing, the dough eventually begins to come together. How did they turn out in the end?