Christmas Butter Cookies Recipe

Christmas Butter Cookies Recipe

20 December 2023

Satisfy your sweet tooth this season with these delightful Christmas Butter Cookies with Miele & Francesca Busso, crafted with care using the consistent warmth of conventional heat from Miele ovens, for perfect results on all traditional baking.


  • 250g cold butter (from the fridge), cubed
  • 400g flour
  • 50g powdered almonds
  • 80g granulated sugar
  • 60g icing sugar
  • 1 medium egg (55g)
  • Vanilla or lemon zest for flavor


  1. In the bowl of a planetary mixer, combine the cubed butter, granulated sugar, icing sugar, flour, powdered almonds, and the chosen flavorings (vanilla or lemon zest).
  2. Use the pastry whisk to work the ingredients until the short crust pastry begins to come together.
  3. Once the mixture is well blended, add the medium egg and continue to work for a few more seconds until the dough is thoroughly combined.
  4. Dust a sheet of baking paper with a little flour and transfer the formed short crust pastry onto it. Shape it into a regular loaf, wrap it securely, and seal it. Place the wrapped pastry in the refrigerator for a minimum of 4 hours.
  5. After the chilling period, roll out the short crust pastry to a thickness of about 5mm. Using round cookie cutters, shape the cookies and place them on a baking tray lined with baking paper. If you use a Miele tray, there’s no need for lining as the exclusive PerfectClean finish prevents sticking, making cleaning easier.
  6. To create a tree shape, use three round cookies of different sizes.
  7. Preheat the oven to 160°C with conventional heat.
  8. Bake the cookies for about 15-20 minutes or until they turn golden.

Ingredients for Vanilla Buttercream Frosting:

  • 240g unsalted butter, softened
  • 450g icing sugar
  • 1-2 tbsp milk or heavy whipping cream
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • Pinch of salt (optional)
  • Green food coloring

Instructions for Vanilla Buttercream Frosting:

  1. Using a hand-held mixer or standing mixer, cream the butter on medium-high speed until pale yellow, about 4-5 minutes.
  2. If necessary, scrape down the sides of the bowl halfway through and continue mixing.
  3. Turn off the mixer and add powdered sugar and vanilla. Mix on low for a minute until it incorporates and starts to look crumbly.
  4. Once crumbly, turn up the speed and continue mixing on medium to medium-high for about 3-4 minutes until light and fluffy.
  5. Gauge the consistency. If the frosting is too thick, mix in a few tablespoons of milk or cream, 1/2 tbsp at a time, until it reaches the desired consistency.

Enjoy your delicious butter cookies with this simple and delightful recipe! Click here to check the preparation process and final outcome.