Kentucky Butter Cake Cookies Recipe

These delightful cookies are inspired by the rich, buttery flavor of Kentucky butter cake. They are soft, moist, and utterly irresistible. Perfect for any occasion, these cookies will surely become a favorite in your household.


  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 and 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • Additional powdered sugar for rolling


  1. Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C). Line baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking mats.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, cream together the softened butter, granulated sugar, and powdered sugar until light and fluffy.
  3. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Stir in the vanilla extract.
  4. In a separate bowl, whisk together the all-purpose flour, baking powder, and salt.
  5. Gradually add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients, mixing until just combined. Be careful not to overmix.
  6. Roll the dough into balls, about 1 tablespoon each. Roll each ball in powdered sugar until coated.
  7. Place the coated dough balls onto the prepared baking sheets, spacing them about 2 inches apart.
  8. Bake in the preheated oven for 10-12 minutes, or until the edges are set and the tops are just beginning to crack.
  9. Allow the cookies to cool on the baking sheets for 5 minutes before transferring them to a wire rack to cool completely.
  10. Once cooled, sprinkle with additional powdered sugar if desired. Enjoy these delectable Kentucky butter cake cookies with a glass of milk or your favorite hot beverage!

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