Easy 3-Ingredient Butter Cookies

3-Ingredient Butter Cookies

If there is a confection that I can fall hopelessly in love with despite the fact that it doesn’t have a smidgen of chocolate, it’s these buttery, crumbly cookies. And when they’re as easy to make as these are (only 3 ingredients, y’all!), what’s not to love! (For those familiar with the amazing Shrewsbury cookies from Pune, India, these are almost exactly like them!)

You could whip these up any old day cos all you need are some pantry staples. Whisk up some butter and sugar, mix in a bit of flour, chill and bake! These are purrrfect with your morning cuppa or to snack on between meals or as an afternoon pick-me-up. You get where I’m going with this, don’t you. Basically, these are just perfect anytime, anywhere.

As always, a point of caution – don’t chomp them down while they’re still warm and chewy. I know it’s going to be hard but give them time to cool and get all crumbly and crisp!



Prep Time: 10 mins + 2 hrs chilling time | Cook Time: 20 mins | Makes ~20 cookies

  • Cream together 100g butter and 60g caster sugar till light and fluffy
  • Fold in 125g all-purpose flour with a spatula till the dough just comes together. Don’t overwork the dough!
  • Place the dough in a large square of cling wrap. Fold the film over itself to cover the dough and gently roll out the dough into a log ~1½” thick. Wrap the film firmly around the log, seal all sides and chill for at least 2 hours.
  • Pre-heat your oven to 160°C/320°F and grease a cookie sheet or baking tray with butter or line it with some aluminium foil / parchment paper.
  • Bring out the dough and work quickly to slice the log into ¼” thick rounds and arrange them on the baking tray. Using a fork, lightly poke each piece.
  • Bake for 18 minutes at 160°C. Then crank it up to 180°C and bake for 2-3 minutes or until the edges start to become golden.
  • Cool in the tray for 2 minutes and then transfer to a wire rack to cool for about 15-20 minutes. Ta da!


  • Once you’ve mastered the basic version, play around with flavours to make sweet or savoury cookies. Some great flavours are cinnamon, orange, cumin (jeera) & black pepper!
  • These cookies are a little sweet, so if that’s not your thing, reduce the sugar to about 40-50g.

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