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4 from 7 votes

Basic Butter Cookie

This basic butter cookie is the recipe that I have learnt at the Baking club when I was at a high school in Japan many years ago. Simple and delicious.
Prep Time1 hr 15 mins
Cook Time18 mins
Total Time1 hr 33 mins
Course: Snack
Cuisine: Japanese
Servings: 15
Calories: 115kcal
Author: Shihoko | Chopstick Chronicles


  • 80 g unsalted butter
  • 80 g caster sugar
  • 1 medium egg 50g
  • 215 g plain flour
  • pinch of vanilla powder


  • Soften the butter in room temperature in a large mixing bowl.
  • Add sugar and mix well.
  • Sift and add the flour into the bowl and mix well.
  • Add egg into the bowl and mix.
  • Make it into a ball shape and wrap it with cling wrap.
  • refrigerate at least 1 hour.
  • preheat the oven to 180 degree celsius.
  • Take the dough out of the fridge and roll out with a rolling pin to 5mm thick.
  • bake for about 15-18 minutes(depends on the oven)
  • Cool cookies on a cooling rack.


If you are unable to get vanilla powder, it can be replaced with 1 tsp of vanilla essense. 


Calories: 115kcal | Carbohydrates: 16g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 22mg | Sodium: 5mg | Potassium: 19mg | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 150IU | Calcium: 5mg | Iron: 0.7mg