Roll-Out Butter Cookies – Cooking with Kids

Today, I’m excited to share a recipe for roll-out butter cookies for our first “Cooking With Kids” post! This will be the first of many mommy-and-me cooking posts. I’ve joined up with a fantastic gaggle of bloggers from Kid Blogger Network to participate in a monthly “Kids in the Kitchen” blog hop. I love teaching Scooter Britches the ropes in the kitchen. Only three-years-old, she is always begging to help me do things. Hopefully, Little One will enjoy kitchen time in another year or two, also.

Roll-Out Butter Cookies: Kids in the Kitchen

Back at Christmas time, I went on the hunt for a good roll-out dough recipe. I found some on the web and another in our church cookbook. Strangely enough, although the ones from the web were labeled as sugar cookie recipes and the one from the church cookbook was labeled as an old-fashioned butter cookie recipe, the ingredients and processes were nearly identical. After doing some research on the differences between butter cookies and sugar cookies on the World Wide Web, I came away more confused than before.

I went with the church cookbook version mainly because it called for a bit less vanilla and I was running low, and we wound up using this recipe three different times in December. It was during this time that SB showed her talents with a rolling pin. The kid can throw down with some cookie dough and cookie cutters.

The theme for the first blog hop is “kids’ choice.” When I asked SB if there was anything she wanted to help me make, she said she wanted to make cookies. Surprise, surprise. But, I was actually hoping that would be her choice since I had already bought the cutest Easter cookie cutters at Walmart. One is a lamb and one is a cross.

I tried to prepare things ahead of time by getting out our step-stool and placing the ingredients on the counter. Next time, I will go ahead and measure out the ingredients in advance.

We started off by preheating the oven to 350 degrees.

In a large mixing bowl, we added four sticks of salted butter, which had set out at room temperature for about 30 minutes, and two cups of white sugar. We let the mixer run until the two ingredients were evenly creamed.

Next up was the addition of two eggs and one-and-a-half tablespoons of vanilla. Again, we mixed until it was just blended.

Roll-Out Butter Cookies: Kids in the Kitchen

Then, we added two teaspoons of baking powder.

Roll-Out Butter Cookies: Kids in the Kitchen

Next, we added six cups of all-purpose flour. You won’t hate the world if you add only a few cups at a time instead of dumping it all in at once – like my impatient toddler wanted to do.

It was fun watching SB count as we measured the ingredients.

“One cup of fow-er. Two cups of fow-er. Three cups of fow-er…”

Roll-Out Butter Cookies: Kids in the Kitchen

I divided the dough into fourths. We rolled one quarter of the dough using a bit of flour for smooth rolling.

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Look who joined in on the fun for a quick game of shake the sprinkles!

Roll-Out Butter Cookies: Kids in the Kitchen

Ah, yes. Back to the cookies.

We rolled the dough to a thickness of about 1/3 of an inch or so. The cookie cutters glided into and out of the dough very easily.

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Next came sprinkles.

SB is a serious, no-nonsense on the job kind of gal.

“Ssshhh. No talking, Mommy. I pouring my spinkles.”

Blue sprinkles, of course. Because what other color should a lamb be?

Roll-Out Butter Cookies: Kids in the Kitchen

I was concerned about SB lifting the cut dough from the counter and moving it to the cookie sheet.

Not too bad.

For a three-year-old.

Roll-Out Butter Cookies: Kids in the Kitchen

We added a single chocolate sprinkle to some of the lambs for the eye. She also insisted on adding two eyes to some of the crosses. We eventually had to agree to disagree on that one.

After we had repeated the steps and cut out all the dough, we had about 36 cookies.

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Roll-Out Butter Cookies

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

40 minutes

Yield: 3 dozen cookies


  • 2 cups white sugar
  • 4 sticks salted butter, somewhat softened
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons vanilla
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 6 cups all-purpose flour
  • a splash of milk
  • sprinkles


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, beat the sugar and butter until creamed.
  3. Add the eggs and vanilla and mix well.
  4. Sprinkle in the baking powder and mix again.
  5. Slowly add the six cups of flour, adding a few cups at a time.
  6. Add the splash of milk to help soften the dough (if necessary).
  7. Divide the mixture into fourths.
  8. Roll 1/4 of the dough onto a counter or surface sprinkled with flour. Roll dough to 1/3 inch thickness.
  9. Cut into shapes with cookie cutters.
  10. Place cookie shapes on ungreased baking sheet.
  11. Add sprinkles, if desired.
  12. Bake for 9 minutes for a firm cookie. If you desire a soft cookie, bake at 7-8 minutes.
  13. Remove from oven and let cool one minute before moving to wire rack.
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This recipe for roll-out butter cookies has turned out well for us each time. I have no doubt it will continue to be one of our mommy-and-me recipes.

What is your favorite recipe to make in the kitchen with kiddos?

Please visit the other families in this month’s blog hop for some kitchen inspiration for your own family!

Princess Aurora Swirl Cupcakes | Sugar, Spice & Glitter

Quick and Delicious Flourless Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Muffins | Living Montessori Now

Homemade Taco Seasoning | Royal Little Lambs

Mud Pudding  | Raising Little Superheroes

Mouse-tacular Chocolate Cookies | A Little Slice Of Us

Marble Pound Cake | Kitchen Counter Chronicles

Simple Cupcakes for kids to decorate | Rainy Day Mum

Easy Zucchini Muffins | Mess for Less

Dairy Free Banana Nut Muffins | For This Season

Baked Mini Cinnamon Donut Holes  | Kidgredients

Chocolate Butterscotch Rice Krispie Treats  |  Royal Baloo

Easy Bite Sized Chocolate Dipped Pretzels | Sugar Aunts

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  1. Stacey says:

    The pictures are just heart melting! Baking with kids is absolute memory making. Who cares if the cookies turn out good when you can have fun. Actually, your cookies look delicious…mine are more blob like when we use cookie cutters. :0

    Happy Thoughts of Home.

  2. Madeline says:

    Looks like a really lovely simple recipe to do with kids, thank you, will be pinning this! Lovely photos too, such nice memories for when they’re older! x #TwinklyTuesday

  3. Life Loving says:

    Looks like you had a lot of fun and the cookies look great. Your little girl is so engrossed in it, she’s clearly going to grow up to love cooking!

    Sally @ Life Loving

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