Vintage Betty Crocker: Butter Cookies

This Betty Crocker cookbook was published in the 60’s and was one of my mother’s favorite cookbooks. I used it here and there too, but didn’t really develop an interest in cooking and baking until I was in my late twenties. As a teen, the only things I knew how to make from scratch were chocolate chip cookies and grilled cheese sandwiches! 🙂 One day I decided to try a new recipe. I looked through the cookbook in my mom’s kitchen and picked out the Butter Cookies recipe…it only had 4 ingredients, so I figured I couldn’t mess it up too badly! When those cookies came out of the oven and I tasted one, I was surprised at how good they were…and how easy they were to make. So now I could not only make chocolate chip cookies and grilled cheese, but I could also make these wonderfully rich homemade Butter Cookies! I gained a little more confidence in my baking skills that day.

My mom gave me this cookbook a few years ago, since she doesn’t cook or bake as much as she used to. I found the cookie recipe that I had made in my teenage years and have made it several times since. It’s so good and easy, I thought I’d share it with you.

BUTTER COOKIES from a 1960’s Betty Crocker cookbook

  • 1 cup soft butter
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 cup finely chopped walnuts

Heat oven to 350 degrees. Combine all ingredients and blend well. Roll dough on floured surface to 1/4″ thickness. Cut with 1 1/2″ cookie cutter. Place on ungreased baking sheet. Bake 10-12 minutes, until set but not brown. Cool. Makes 8 dozen cookies.

These cookies taste great just the way they are, but if you want to make them fancier, you can frost them with your favorite icing or make cookie “sandwiches” with raspberry jam.

Linked to Vintage Thingie Thursday, Sundae Scoop, Sunday Showcase.


25 thoughts on “Vintage Betty Crocker: Butter Cookies

  1. Quit Eating Out

    Really love your site and am glad to have found it. Your recipe for pumpkin bread looks amazing and I’m anxious to try it! I also have a couple of vintage cookbooks my grandmother passed to me and it’s so fun to try the recipes. Looking forward to being a regular reader!

    1. Christine

      These cookies have been a part of our Christmas tradition for 40 years! They taste exactly like the lovely “crescent” Christmas favorites….only better…mmmm melt in your mouth! Thank you for posting this…my cookbook {that I received when I was a newly wed young wife} has fallen apart with use.

  2. UrMomCooks

    Cannot believe you have that cookbook!!! I also have my mom’s copy! The buttermilk pancakes on page 93 are the only ones I make! And the peanut butter cookies are to die for too… How fun – now I must try these butter cookies! (Maybe we can start a craze for old Betty Crocker cookbooks!)

    1. nancyc Post author

      Thanks for letting me know about the pancakes-I hadn’t tried those yet! There’s nothing like cooking with those classic recipes! And I like the idea of starting a Betty Crocker vintage cookbook craze! 🙂

    2. Renae Rude - The Paranormalist

      Oh! Please, share that buttermilk pancake recipe! I came here planning to leave this comment for the blogger:

      “You own the holy grail of cookbooks! (I found you via an image search.) Is there any chance you would look up the pancake recipe … which I remember as ALMOST memorizable … and share it? I would be forever grateful! (If there are two or more recipes, I’m looking for the buttermilk pancakes.)”

      And here in the comments, I find you mentioning that exact recipe. Will one of you share? I’d so appreciate it!

      1. nancyc Post author

        Hi Renae! In anticipation of moving in the next 3-4 months, I started packing up some of my books and cookbooks–and that particular one is packed away in a box. It may take me a few weeks to dig it out 🙂 But I will do some searching, and when I find it I will be happy to share the recipe with you. If UrMomCooks has it handy, please share! But if she doesn’t, I know that book is somewhere and I will come up with it!

        1. Renae Rude - The Paranormalist

          Oh! How funny. We’re moving from MN to NC at the end of March. Half of my world is packed too 🙂 I went off on this quest today, to just give myself a mental break. Let’s connect, and when we’re both back to a more normal life, we’ll deal with it. (I’ll make a note, and add you to my blog reader …which I’m studiously ignoring right now but will actually read again someday.)

          I can still take the recipe from UrMomCooks too.

  3. P.

    I grew up with Betty Crocker cookbooks around, various publications through the years, and they really did give me cooking confidence. Sounds like yummy butter cookies. Glad you found a good recipe and resource!

  4. DE


    Love that cookbook. I really enjoy vintage books so much more than current cookbooks. Can’t tell you why. Happy VT! DE

  5. gina

    I collect vintage cookbooks and have this one also. I love this one and use it the most. I love trying old and new recipe’s out!

  6. peggy neri

    Thanks a million I’ve been looking for this EGG – FREE recipe I knew was there from my childhood I used to make these every year until about 15 years ago we love them they are Butter-rich! idk why i stopped 🙂 Thanks again and Merry Christmas!!!! ❤

  7. cindy

    Hi my mother had the same cookbook when I was growing up and I remember reading it cover to cover. The recipes are so good but unfortunately my mother threw hers out, I was wondering if you might have the recipe for I think they were called chocolate drop cookies I think they had walnuts in them. I remember making them for my father all the time and since he has past I would like to bring back some good memories.


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