Butter Dream Cookies

This cookie recipe has been a holiday favorite in my family for over 40 years:  Butter Dream Cookies

Butter Dream Cookies

Yield: 24 to 30 cookies

Cook Time: 8 minutes

Butter Dream Cookies


  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) 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 an electric mixer to combine the butter, shortening, and sugar. Blend in the flavoring and flour. Shape into balls and set on a cookie sheet 2-inches apart.
  2. Bake at 350 degrees for 8-10 minutes.  If using cherries, press 1/2 of a maraschino cherry in the center of each cookie as soon as they come out of the oven.  Let cool for several minutes before transferring them to a wire rack to cool completely.
SOURCE: RecipeGirl.com

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12 Responses to “Butter Dream Cookies”

  1. postedOct 25, 2013 3:22 AM

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

    • postedOct 28, 2013 10:48 AM

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

  2. postedDec 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. 🙁

    • postedDec 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?

  3. postedNov 5, 2016 1:42 PM
    Letizia Tripp

    really these cookies don’t have any eggs ????… I want to try them they sound good but no eggs ? how will they hold together ?

  4. postedJul 23, 2017 8:57 PM

    For the shortening is it solid or liquid oil?

    • postedJul 24, 2017 11:41 AM

      Shortening is solid (like Crisco shortening).

  5. postedDec 11, 2017 1:15 PM
    Aleta Hancock

    Tried these and they turned out great

  6. postedDec 12, 2017 8:58 AM
    Gina Howard Ziegler

    the recipe, as is, works. i have also seen it listed with 3/4 butter and 1/4 crisco solid shortening. either works. shortening will give the cookies more body than all butter. this is a simple, melt-in-your-mouth recipe that delights my family every Christmas!

  7. postedDec 22, 2017 2:22 PM
    Mike Hunt

    Does anyone know if you can use coconut oil ( solid ) instead of shortening?

    • postedDec 29, 2017 6:47 AM

      I have not experimented with coconut oil in baking cookies.

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