How to make Diamants or Vanilla Butter Cookies – 10 steps

There’s something truly magical about the aroma of freshly baked cookies wafting through your kitchen. As a passionate food blogger and experienced chef, I’m thrilled to share my cherished Vanilla Butter Cookies recipe with you. Let’s embark on a delightful journey where simple ingredients transform into sweet, buttery delights that melt in your mouth.

Vanilla Butter Cookies
Cookie perfection fresh out of the oven.

Vanilla Butter Cookies recipes

How To Make Diamants Or Vanilla Butter Cookies - 10 Steps 1

Diamants or Vanilla Butter Cookies

Vanilla Butter Cookies are a classic cookie that combines five ingredients in a perfect combination. Baked in the oven, these cookies are golden brown and crumbly. They are elegant and delicious, and go with almost any dessert. Make them for a special treat yourself to a box of them. There's something about them that just doesn't get old. Try them soon. They are sure to become your new favorite. To make them, just follow these ten simple steps.
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Course: Appetizer, Breakfast, Cake
Cuisine: French
Diet: Low Calorie, Vegetarian
Keyword: butter, Butter Cookies, cookie, vanilla
CookingStyle: Baking
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 24 minutes
Total Time: 39 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 317kcal
Author: Gobble The Cook and James Anderson
Cost: 15
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  • Allow the butter to remain at room temperature for approx. 30 minutes before baking. It should be nearing room temperature but still firm.
  • Mix 1/2 cup sugar with butter and vanilla in a stand mixer with the paddle attachment for just 1-2 minutes max. Do not overmix to maintain the right consistency.
  • In a medium bowl, combine the flour with the salt and add in 3 parts to the butter mixture.
  • Again mix for 1-2 minutes max.
  • Gather dough into a disc, wrap in plastic, and place in the fridge for 30 minutes.
  • Divide the dough into 3 parts and shape into 3 logs, about 1 1/2 inch in diameter.
  • Put back in the fridge for another 15 minutes.
  • Preheat oven to 390 F.
  • Spread crystal sugar on a clean surface and coat the logs with the beaten egg yolk. Roll in the sugar to coat, then cut into 1cm (less than 1/2 thick) slices.
  • Bake on a lined baking sheet for 11-12 minutes, or until golden around the edges. Cool on a rack.



For a healthier version, use tahini, a sesame seed paste. It can be purchased at health food stores or made at home. It should have an intense nutty flavor. Tahini makes the dough extra light and fluffy when first mixed. Once mixed, it's important to chill the dough before baking. Then, place the cookies on a wire rack to cool completely. If you want to make these cookies into a gift for someone, make them yourself and share the delicious treat with them!
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Serving: 1serving | Calories: 317kcal | Carbohydrates: 63g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 54mg | Sodium: 103mg | Potassium: 124mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 28g | Vitamin A: 145IU | Calcium: 69mg | Iron: 2mg
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Alternative Method: Vanilla Butter Cookies in an Air Fryer

Vanilla Butter Cookies
Baking memories one cookie at a time.


  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt


  • Prepare the Air Fryer: Preheat your air fryer to 350°F (175°C) for about 5 minutes.
  • Cream the Butter and Sugar: In a mixing bowl, beat the softened butter and granulated sugar together until light and fluffy, which should take about 2-3 minutes.
  • Add the Vanilla Extract: Mix in the pure vanilla extract until well combined.
  • Incorporate the Flour: Gradually add the all-purpose flour and salt to the butter mixture, mixing until a soft cookie dough forms. Be careful not to overmix; just combine until the ingredients are incorporated.
  • Shape the Cookies: Take tablespoon-sized portions of the dough and roll them into balls. Place them on a parchment-lined tray.
  • Flatten the Cookies: Gently press down on each dough ball with a fork, creating a crisscross pattern on the cookies.
  • Air Fry the Cookies: Arrange the cookies in a single layer in the preheated air fryer basket, making sure they have some space between them. You may need to do this in batches, depending on the size of your air fryer.
  • Bake: Air fry the cookies at 350°F (175°C) for 8-10 minutes or until they turn golden brown. Keep a close eye on them as cooking times may vary slightly between different air fryer models.
  • Cool and Enjoy: Once baked, carefully remove the cookies from the air fryer and allow them to cool on a wire rack. They will continue to firm up as they cool.
  • Serve: Serve your delectable Vanilla Butter Cookies with a glass of milk or your favorite beverage. Enjoy the crispy exterior and melt-in-your-mouth interior.

Tips for making Vanilla Butter Cookies

Vanilla Butter Cookies
Cookie moments are the best moments.

Serving Suggestions

Recommend Sides, Garnishes, and Beverages:

  • Ice Cream Pairing: Elevate your Vanilla Butter Cookies experience by serving them with a scoop of your favorite ice cream flavor. The contrast of warm cookies and cold ice cream is pure bliss.
  • Hot Beverage: These cookies are perfect companions for a cup of hot tea or coffee. Dip a freshly baked cookie into your beverage for an irresistible treat.
  • Fruit Medley: Create a refreshing fruit salad with a mix of berries, citrus slices, and a drizzle of honey. The fruity goodness complements the sweet cookies wonderfully.

Ways to Serve:

  • Cookie Sandwich: Spread a layer of your favorite jam or Nutella between two cookies to make delectable cookie sandwiches.
  • Gift in a Jar: Layer the dry ingredients of the cookie dough in a mason jar, add a pretty ribbon and tag with baking instructions for a thoughtful homemade gift.
  • Dessert Platter: Arrange a variety of cookies on a dessert platter, along with some fresh fruit and a selection of cheeses, for a delightful dessert spread when entertaining guests.

Cooking Tips

Vanilla Butter Cookies
Baking fun for the whole family.

Common Mistakes to Avoid:

  • Overmixing the Dough: Be careful not to overmix the cookie dough. Overmixing can result in tough cookies. Mix just until the ingredients are combined.
  • Not Allowing the Butter to Soften: Ensure your butter is properly softened before mixing it with sugar. Softened butter incorporates more evenly into the dough.

Tips for Success:

  • Chilling the Dough: If the dough becomes too soft to work with, chill it in the refrigerator for about 15-30 minutes before shaping the cookies.
  • Uniform Cookie Size: For even baking, try to make the cookie dough portions as uniform in size as possible.
  • Parchment Paper or Silpat: Using parchment paper or a Silpat mat on your baking sheet makes it easier to remove the cookies and prevents sticking.

FAQs about Vanilla Butter Cookies

Vanilla Butter Cookies
Because every batch is made with love.
  • Can I prepare the cookie dough in advance and refrigerate it? Absolutely! You can make the cookie dough ahead of time, shape it into a log or dough balls, wrap it tightly in plastic wrap, and refrigerate for up to 3 days. When ready to bake, simply slice the dough or place the dough balls on a baking sheet and proceed with baking.
  • Can I freeze the baked cookies? Yes, you can freeze the baked cookies in an airtight container or freezer bag for up to 2-3 months. Thaw them at room temperature before serving.
  • What if I don’t have an air fryer? Can I still make these cookies? Of course! You can bake these Vanilla Butter Cookies in a preheated conventional oven at 350°F (175°C) for approximately 10-12 minutes, or until they’re golden around the edges.
  • Why did my cookies turn out flat? Flat cookies can result from using overly softened or melted butter. Ensure your butter is softened but not overly so. Also, be cautious not to overmix the dough.
  • How should I store leftover cookies? Store any leftover cookies in an airtight container at room temperature. If you want to keep them soft, place a slice of bread in the container; the cookies will absorb moisture from the bread, staying fresh.
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Hi! I’m Paula from the Philippines, the passionate blogger and skilled photographer behind Gobble the Cook. I also spearhead the media photography for Food And Meal in Vietnam.
I'm James F Anderson, a noted sous chef from London and a Le Cordon Bleu alumnus. My career began in a Michelin-starred Parisian eatery, where my blend of classic and contemporary cooking, using seasonal ingredients, earned accolades. Recognized in culinary publications and on cooking shows, I’m committed to mentoring aspiring chefs and delivering memorable dining experiences, marking me as a standout talent in the culinary world.
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