Basic Butter Cookies Recipe by Lillian Pisani/The Greco Family “Cook”Book

I use this cookie recipe as a base for “Italian Seed Cookies.”  It is more buttery and very good.

Basic Butter Cookies Recipe by Lillian Pisani/The Greco Family “Cook”Book

Basic Butter Cookies

1 cup butter or margarine

1 cup sugar

1 egg

½ tsp. cream of tartar

½ tsp. baking powder

2 ½ cups flour

1 tsp. (may substitute any other flavoring

Strawberry jam


Sesame seed

Cream together the butter, sugar, egg and cream of tartar.  Add baking powder, flour and vanilla.  Mix well.  If too sticky, add a small amount of flour.  Cookie can be molded and decorated, as you like.  Cookie will be light in color.

*Option:  To make cookies with jelly and coconut, shape into a small ball and flatten slightly with a fork.  When cookies are cool, put strawberry jam on top of one cookie and place another cookie atop the jam making a sandwich.  Roll in coconut.

*Option:  For Italian seed cookies, roll dough into individual “logs” (about 2” long).  Dip first in water, then in sesame seeds before baking.  Bake 350 F. until brown


(Recipe for the Basic Butter Cookie recipe was in the Greco Family “Cook”Book, Lillian Pisani, 1998.)

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