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!

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 🙂

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Kentucky Butter Cake Cookies

  • Author: Cookies & Cups
  • Yield Yield: 24 cookies 1x

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

  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1/2 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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Hi! I’m Shelly and I’m an addict. Of the buttercream sort. I started this site a few years ago as a way to justify my sugary, buttery obsession with desserts. It has worked out well for me so far, because as it turns out you guys all love sugary, buttery desserts too! It feels good to know you're not alone, doesn’t it?

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TSD
TSD

So good and easy to make with the kids. Next time I’ll add something to the glaze to spice it up. Maybe lime?

Sandy Trevino
Sandy Trevino

These are wonderful cookies. I substituted maple extract for the vanilla in the glaze. My husband loved them.

Dave
Dave

These are super addicting!!!!

Anu

Great
we love your skills,
keep sharing!

Beverly
Beverly

These cookies are great!!!

Christine @ myblissfulmess

These look so yummy, and perfect to take to a get together. I love how they are not difficult to make too. Definitely going on my list to make soon. My 11 year old daughter will enjoy making them with me I’m sure!

Disaster Mom
Disaster Mom

These amazing little cookies are known as “Crack” in my house. I seriously have to triple the recipe because my family can’t stop a a couple of these.

Mike
Mike

These were great……..the recipe was easy to follow and the butter glaze is the best….

Sally Massinger
Sally Massinger

These were the best butter cookie I have made in a long time. They were easy and delicious. Thank you so much for this recipe I cake wait to make the cake.

Debbie Shewmaker
Debbie Shewmaker

I was sadden to see you have no printable recipe version of the paranormal cookies. I do not have time any time of the year to write the recipe down and during the Halloween Holiday I do not have time to read it in the form it is in. To bad sounds like it will be good. All your recipes should be in printable form.

Sandy
Sandy

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

Jayne Dough
Jayne Dough

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

Johanna
Johanna

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!

Susan
Susan

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?

nick
nick

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

Shelly Hi! I’m Shelly and I’m an addict. Of the buttercream sort. I started this site a few years ago as a way to justify my sugary, buttery obsession with desserts. It has worked out well for me so far, because as it turns out you guys all love sugary, buttery desserts too! It feels good to know you're not alone, doesn’t it?

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