Crispy Butter Cookies

by - July 25, 2020

Crispy Butter Cookies

Crispy Butter Cookies

As promised, this is the improved version of my low sugar Butter Cookies recipe to replace the old butter cookies recipe which I have removed from my blog.  

For this recipe I used only the egg yolk instead of whole eggs.  The cookies are buttery and light with a crumbly, crispy texture.  

I have other various delicious Butter Cookies recipes example like Crunchy Sesame Butter Cookies, Pandan Butter Cookies and more that you may like to explore. 


When the recipe asks for room temperature butter, it refers to soft and pliable butter, but not looks shinny or greasy. It is still cool to touch and easy to spread.  During creaming stage of butter and sugar, it will create air pockets in the butter and will yield light cookies or bakes.  If the butter is warm, it will not create air pockets and make your cookies harder.

The best way to get room temperature butter is to cut the butter (from refrigerator) into chunks. Leave it outside room temperature (my tropical climate here is around 28 - 30 C) for 15 minutes or until you can get an indent when you press with your finger. 

Creaming Butter and Sugar process has to be done slowly at low medium speed and not more than medium speed or the butter will heat up.

Cake Flour has a lower protein content and make the cookies a bit softer.  All purposed flour make the cookies more crispy as it content more protein.  

If you have any questions regarding this recipe or any other post, please leave me a comment in the “LEAVE A COMMENT” link and I will reply you as soon as possible.

Recipe - Crispy Butter Cookies 

Yields:  Approximately 80 cookies


250g butter (salted),  room temperature
80g caster sugar ( I used organic brown sugar, blend in food processor to get the fine sugar)
2 egg yolks (from large eggs)
1/2 tsp vanilla extract

300g all purpose flour or cake flour 
1 tsp sea salt
2 1/4 tsp baking powder (I used Bob's Red Mill, Double Acting Baking Powder)

Baking trays
Piping bag
Open star nozzle #21

  1. Preheat oven to 180C (top and bottom heat).  Line the baking tray with parchment paper.  Set aside.
  2. Sift flour and baking powder into a bowl and stir in salt.  Set aside.
  3. In a bowl of electric mixer, beat together butter and brown sugar until fluffy with the paddle attachment at medium speed. Add in egg yolk one at a time and beat till well combine.
  4. At low speed, gradually add in flour mixture and mix until form a smooth dough.
  5. Transfer the dough to a pipping bag fitted with an open star nozzle and pipe cookie dough into ring shape on the lined baking tray.
  6. Bake in a preheated oven for 10 - 12 minutes, or until golden brown.
  7. Let cool on baking tray for 5 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.  Store in airtight container.

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  1. Hi BwP. Your Butter cookies look amazing with the pattern still intact. U must have read my mind cos I was looking for a crispy melty type butter cookie like the copycat Hkong Jenny's cookies. Questions. Did u use plain flour or cake flour and also is there going to be a change in texture and shape when u use icing sugar as opposed to fine brown sugar. Will certainly try this out and update u. Thanks for another awesome post.

    1. Hi Chloe,

      Thank you for asking. I used plain flour. I used fine brown sugar. Sorry, I think there is an error. I will amend it. Please use caster. Some cookies changed shape is because of the butter and flour ratio. I experimented several times butter and plain flour ratio of 1 to 1, the cookies shape change after baking.

      I hope it helps.

  2. Hi there,

    Is there any substitute for egg in keeping the texture taste and crispiness intact.
    Looking forward for yor response.

    1. Hi, thank you for reading this post. I have not tried eggless cookies recipe yet. But, I think you can omit egg yolk and reduce some flour. Egg yolk is actually fat.
      Cheers :)

  3. Replies
    1. Hi, thanks for trying. Did you press it immediately after mixing? I noticed that if I leave the dough too long at the counter, it is harder to press. Try to use bigger hole noozle.

      Cheers :)

  4. Hi there! Thanks for sharing your recipe - I just made it and it tastes really good. Not too sweet, not too salty. I don’t know why but for some reason as I was piping the cookies out, I can see and hear butter separating from the cookie dough as melted butter - to a point where it sprays out from the piping bag! How do u stop this from happening? And the dough is indeed a little hard to press out - but in your video/ pictures it seems way smoother. Is it the length of time u beat batter for?

    1. Hi, thanks for trying this recipe and your feedback. I discover that must pipe the dough immediately and don't leave for too long. I tried double up the recipe one time. At the beginning it was easy but towards half way it was very difficult to pipe and my piping bag broken.

      Don't fill up the piping bag to full too. One quarter at a time.

      Cheers :)

  5. May i know how do i store the remaining cookie dough while waiting for the 1st batch to bake, as i do not have enough trays to pipe all out at one go?

    1. Hi, thanks for reading and your question. You can try to put in the fridge with cover on. But, not too long as the dough may harden and difficult to pipe.

      Cheers :)