Kentucky Butter Cake Cookies

These Kentucky Butter Cake Cookies are a fun spin on my SUPER popular recipe for Kentucky Butter Cake. They're soft, buttery, glazed and just like little bites of delicious cake!
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These Kentucky Butter Cake Cookies are a fun spin on my SUPER popular recipe for Kentucky Butter Cake. They’re soft, buttery, glazed and just like little bites of delicious cake!

So I might be unreasonably excited about today’s post. First because cookies. Second because cookies based on the most popular recent recipe on my website, Kentucky Butter Cake. And third because the reason I made these cookies was because I got so many emails requesting me to turn the cake INTO cookies.

So basically these little love nuggets came about because you smart people invented them. Which makes you basically geniuses. You turned a dessert made to be eaten with a fork on a plate into a dessert I can shove into my face as fast as I can get them off the baking sheet.

Major win.

These Kentucky Butter Cake Cookies are a fun spin on my SUPER popular recipe for Kentucky Butter Cake. They're soft, buttery, glazed and just like little bites of delicious cake!

I do have to say I love turning my favorite cakes into cookie versions…these Texas Sheet Cake Cookies are a prime example.

The original cake recipe is an easy one, but requires cooling time (as all cakes do). Which means the time from oven to tummy is usually a few hours.

These gems on the other hand will be in your belly pretty dang quickly. As God intended.

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The cookie dough is really simple. I wanted to get the cookie to really replicate the texture of the cake and I think I nailed it! It’s both dense and soft. Don’t let them over-bake. You want them to be just done or maybe even a little underdone.

While they’re baking whip up your glaze. The cake is glazed while warm…same situation here.

These Kentucky Butter Cake Cookies are a fun spin on my SUPER popular recipe for Kentucky Butter Cake. They're soft, buttery, glazed and just like little bites of delicious cake!

Just a teaspoon or so of glaze works perfect! The glaze half melts into the cookie and half makes a sugary crust. PERFECTION.

It won’t take long for the glaze to set up.

These Kentucky Butter Cake Cookies are a fun spin on my SUPER popular recipe for Kentucky Butter Cake. They're soft, buttery, glazed and just like little bites of delicious cake!

Then dust them with some powdered sugar. Because it’s pretty.

These Kentucky Butter Cake Cookies are a fun spin on my SUPER popular recipe for Kentucky Butter Cake. They're soft, buttery, glazed and just like little bites of delicious cake!

And really….look at that cookie…

These Kentucky Butter Cake Cookies are a fun spin on my SUPER popular recipe for Kentucky Butter Cake. They're soft, buttery, glazed and just like little bites of delicious cake!

These literally melt in your mouth. Please please make them! And then say thank you to yourself 🙂

5.0 from 4 reviews
Kentucky Butter Cake Cookies
 
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Serves: 24 cookies
Ingredients
Cookies
  • 1 cup butter, room temperature
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 3 cups all purpose flour
Glaze
  • ¼ cup butter
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • optional ~ powdered sugar to dust
Instructions
Cookies
  1. Preheat oven to 350°F/175°C
  2. Line a baking sheet with parchment or a silicone mat. Set aside.
  3. In the bowl of the stand mixer beat butter and sugar together for 1 minute until mixed. Add in eggs and vanilla and mix until incorporated, scraping sides as necessary.
  4. Add in baking powder and salt, continuing to mix and finally the flour. Mix until dough just comes together.
  5. Using a medium (2 tablespoon) cookie scoop drop the dough onto the lined baking sheet. Alternately you can roll the dough into balls if you want a thicker cookie.
  6. Bake for 9-11 minutes until the edges are slightly golden. Don't over-bake.
Glaze
  1. While the cookies are baking combine all ingredients into a small saucepan over medium-low heat. Stir continuously until the butter is melted and the sugar is dissolved. Do not bring to a boil.
  2. Allow the glaze to cool slightly (about 5 minutes) to thicken.
  3. When the cookies are done spoon one teaspoon of the glaze onto each cookie while they're warm. If the glaze gets too thick just heat it up a bit more.
  4. Dust with powdered sugar after the glaze has set if desired.

 

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Jessica @ Sweetest Menu
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I can’t even! I can tell these would just melt-in-your-mouth! Shelly, you’ve done it again!!!

Kara @ Just A Canary Bird
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These look great. I just keep thinking about having them at a bridal shower or for a little girl’s tea party! They look so pretty and dainty!

Annette
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O.M.G. I made your Kentucky Butter Cake and brought it to work – demolished! I can’t wait to try these. I’m sure they will disappear faster than the cake did.

iram
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I am actually going to make that cake in a couple of weeks. But these cookies look so tempting.

So which did you enjoy more the cake or cookie? 😉

LuAnn Braley
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Living in Kentucky, of course I had to come and take a look. And now that I did, I am LOVING it! Great photos too. I may have to Pin an image or two. 😉

amanda
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I am pinning this for later! These look like amazing cookies!!!

Maggie
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Wow! I just made these babies and YUM! They were a breeze to make, and well worth it. I only wish I had doubled the recipe so I can pass them to everyone I know! Thanks for the great recipes!

Lindsay
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Thanks for sharing! Do you have any high altitude altercations I would need to make? I’m in Denver 🙂 Thanks!

Marie
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I’m a huge fan of the Butter Cake!! Made it so many times and everyone wants more.

I made the cookies tonight and I had to of done something wrong. I found the cookie to be not necessarily dry but leaning in that direction. Any ideas?

Thank you again so much, ready and waiting to make another batch.

Donna
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I was so disappointed, the taste reminded me of pancakes. The were good but I wouldn’t make again. I love cookies & have been baking for years, these were just off to me. Missing something :(.

Christina G.
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I’m gonna make these and add a little lemon to the glaze!

Mo @LuckyRhino
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Hi. Just made these and they are fantastic. Big after-school hit! Do you think they will keep covered overnight at room temperature or should I refrigerate them? Thanks for a great recipe.

Katie @The Semisweet Sisters
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Made these, they were incredible! Thanks for the great recipe. I think I’ve made them a dozen times already.

non dairy creamer
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it looks so nice,thanks for your share1

Sara
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What are your thoughts about glazing them with the Texas Sheet Cake Cookie glaze?

Linda
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Possible to make ahead of time? Best way to store for a few days?

Nikki
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These are absolutely fantastic and so simple to make. Second batch is in the oven now. Only thing I might do different is double the glaze….since I love icings/glazes.
Otherwise, awesome recipe! This is a keeper. Thank you! !

M
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Do I need to alter this recipe for high altitudes? If so, how? Thank you!

Anne Diodati
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I just made them this morning for my Cabana Crawl which is at West Alton Marina @ Lake Winnepausakee. I’m celebrating the Kentucky Derby so I wanted a Kentucky cookie. Also serving the Oaks Lily Drink. This cookie is easy to make and is delicious and easy to make! I am also introducing the Marina to the hottest line by Swarovski! You don’t have to go to the mall just view my website below! The jewelry is very sparkly and gorgeous! All you Southern Ladies will love it!

HELEN
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CAN HARDLY WAIT FOR MORNIG TO TRY THESE COOKIE RECIPIES

Bev
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Sounds great, will try it. I’m an old grandma now, and remember my Mom baking a soft cookie, flavored with lemon or orange. Have you tthought to try this? I’m just going to have to try, using flavor extract, and adding a bit to the glaze, also. Thanks for this recipe!

Chrystal
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These look just like what I used to make for my boys. My recipe called them Amish Sugar Cookies. I didn’t glaze them but sprinkled a bit of cinnamon sugar on them. They freeze really well too. I’d make a huge batch and make BIG cookies. They were always a hit.

Gwen
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I wish you would concoct a cream cheese frosting glaze.

Judy
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Just take your frosting and thin it down with a little milk or cream. You can also take frosting in the tub and heat it in the micro wave. Stir the air out of it and you’ll have your glaze.

Judy
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I share your love affair with butter. That artificial stuff is non=existent in my home. I told my cardiologist that I’ll trust a cow before I will a chemist. And he agreed!

marg
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hello can these cookies be made with egg substitute

Gina D from Texas
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If I want to take them to a party can they be stacked without getting the glaze all over the cookies above and below?

Also if I make them the day before do you just store on counter in plastic container?

I was going to make a Kentucky Butter Cake but I wanted cookies for ease of passing around the room. Then I saw these! Can’t wait to try them! They sound delicious!

Thanks.

nick
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i was thinking when i saw the name of this cookie it made me think of bourbon but was wondering would it be better incorporated into the cookie or the glaze and how much to use

Susan
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I want to pin these beauties, but can’t find the pin button. I just got this Chromebook yesterday and I can’t see anything. Can you be my guide to pinning?

Johanna
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Ive been making your butter cake recipe for about a year now. I was looking for s good cookie recipe recently and couldn’t believe when I found this! Of course it’s amazing. I also added a Hershey’s kisses to some of them and they were a huge hit!

Jayne Dough
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These are fantastic. My family wanted me to make them again and add pecans, so I just finished the dough. LOL

Sandy
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Loved these. My granddaughter needs gluten free foods, will this work with same results using gluten free baking mix?

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