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Drop Butter Cookies with Variations


These buttery drop cookies are easily adapted to a variety of flavors, recipe includes variations for coconut, orange pecan, lemon nut or chocolate nut. No matter which one you choose you can't go wrong, they're all delicious! They serve a crowd and can be made in under 30 minutes. They make perfect food gifts or they make a scrumptious addition to any dessert spread.

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  • 1 cup sugar or brown sugar, firmly packed
  • 3/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 egg
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt


Servings 48
Preparation time 10mins
Cooking time 20mins


Step 1

Heat oven to 375°F.

In large bowl, combine sugar, butter, milk, vanilla, and 1 egg, blend well. Stir in flour, baking powder, and salt; blend well. Drop by rounded teaspoonsfuls, 1-inch apart onto ungreased cookie sheet.

Bake at 375°F for 9 to 12 minutes or until lightly browned. Immediately remove from cookie sheet.


Coconut: Add 1 1/2 cups flaked coconut with flour.

Orange Pecan: Add 1/2 cup chopped pecans and 2 tables. grated orange zest with flour.

Lemon Nut: Add 1/2 cup chopped nuts and 2 teas. grated lemon zest with flour.

Chocolate Nut: Add 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa and 1/2 cup chopped nuts with flour.

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