Butter Gem Cookies

by Katie on May 19, 2011

These cookies are delicious little drops of pure buttery goodness.

Really, friends, it doesn’t get much better than a pile of these and a cup of tea.

I’m sure you have seen these at a bakery before, usually with icing. There is a bakery around here that bakes them up, and you purchase them by the dozen.

My mom got hooked on them. Then, being the lovely person she is, she got me hooked on them. I would go in and buy a dozen every time I was over that way, which thankfully wasn’t often.

By the time I got home and looked in the bag like 8  would be gone. At that point I usually thought it best just to finish them off before my husband got home. You know, destroy the evidence…I don’t want him knowing I ate a dozen cookies. A dozen bite sized cookies, but still…

Hey, don’t judge me if you have never experienced the bliss of a butter gem.

You just might eat a dozen too.

All varieties are good, but I favor the apricot. I tried apricot jam for the first time as an adult and now I can’t get enough of the tart and fruity goodness it provides. You feel free to do whatever your little heart desires.

Now, go on out to the grocery store and load up on some butter so you can make these little butter gems.


2 1/4 cups flour
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temp
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup preserves or buttercream icing

Sift the flour, baking powder, and salt together into a small bowl and set aside.

Using an electric mixer on medium-high speed, cream the butter and sugar together in a medium size mixing bowl until light and fluffy, about 2 minute. Stop the mixer twice to scrape the bowl with a rubber spatula.

Add the dry ingredients and mix on low speed for several seconds. Scrape the bowl, then turn the mixer to high speed and beat until the batter is light and fluffy, about 1 minute.

Refrigerate the batter in plastic wrap or a covered container for 3 hours.

Fifteen minutes before baking, preheat the oven to 275 F. Line 2 cookie sheets with parchment paper or leave them ungreased.

Measure out rounded teaspoonfuls of dough and roll them into balls with your hands.

Place the balls about 1 1/2 inches apart on the prepared cookie sheets. Then make a firm indentation in the center of each cookie with your thumb or index finger.

Bake the cookies until lightly golden, 25-30 minutes. Remove the sheet from the oven and increase the heat to 325.

Place 1/2 teaspoon jam in the center of each cookie and return the sheet to the oven.

Bake the cookies just until the jam melts and spreads, about 10 minutes. Allow the cookies to cool on the sheets before eating.

(if using icing skip the jam part and bake 35 minutes or until lightly golden.)


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{ 29 comments… read them below or add one }

Lee Ann May 19, 2011 at 8:57 am

Sounds yummy!! Did you serve these at your sister’s shower? I just may have to try them.


Katie May 19, 2011 at 9:18 am

Yep. I had them at the shower!!


Desi May 19, 2011 at 10:18 am

These remind me of Graeter’s little cookies that I LOVE… is that the bakery you were talking about :) I can’t wait to make the homemade version, and I pretty much have all of the ingredients except the jam and frosting! Definitely making :)


Katie May 19, 2011 at 10:22 am

No Desi, the bakery is Sweet Sinsations Mason. I have never had them from Graeters…I never get past their radio rolls :)


Daniel May 19, 2011 at 10:27 am

No, no no…raspberry are the best. It’s not the knowledge that you ate a dozen (mini) cookies that would bother me, it would be knowing that you didn’t have any left to share!!!!


Katie May 19, 2011 at 10:43 am

No, no, no…you are wrong! Apricot is awesome..what is wrong with you? I see…you don’t care what I eat…you just want a piece of the deliciousness?!?


Lee Ann May 19, 2011 at 10:30 am

Okay, Greater’s and Sweet Sinsations must be a Cincy thing since I have no idea what you guys are talking about. I’ve not seen these in bakeries in the Raleigh, NC area so I guess I will just have to make them myself!!


Katie May 19, 2011 at 10:34 am

Yep, they are Cincy things. Graeters is a huge thing around these parts. They are famous for ice cream, but also have pastries and things. When you come for the flying pig you will have to try it out :)


Lee Ann May 19, 2011 at 10:30 am

How is the wedding cake coming along? What are the colors?


Katie May 19, 2011 at 10:39 am

Oh, I will start baking this evening and work all night and all day tomorrow to get it done. The wedding color is pink with a little green accent. The flowers are different shades of pink peonies. SO, the cake is cream and each tier has a space of flowers between it. I don’t know if I explained it well, but I will post pics for sure ;)


Desi May 19, 2011 at 10:53 am

MMM now I wanna try that bakery! Yeah these do look softer than the Graeters ones. And I have been wanting to try apricot flavors as an adult, I never really liked it as a kid. But taste buds change so I bet I would love it now! I think I’m gonna try these with the apricot, like you suggest :)


Katie May 19, 2011 at 2:41 pm

Desi…I think you will love the apricot now. I thought it was strange as a kid…but I LOVE it now. Those little cookies are the only things I have tried from Sweet Sinsations. If you are ever in that area grab a couple dozen :)


Holly May 19, 2011 at 12:52 pm

Ooooh I’m all about buttery goodness!! lol These cookies sound amazing : )


Katie May 19, 2011 at 2:41 pm

Holly, buttery goodness…doesn’t get any better than that ;)


Lee Ann May 19, 2011 at 1:08 pm

This is off topic, but I thought, what the hay, I will ask anyways. Looking up the dates for next year’s marathon for my husband. It will be in the beginning of May. What is the weather like there then? Are there good sports bars in the Cincy area because hockey will still be going and I’ve got to watch my Hurricanes and evidently we have to go to Graeters for some delish pastries.
We went to NYC in October and stayed in New Jersey so we made a side trip to Carlos Bake Shop in Hoboken. Mmm mmm good!!


Katie May 19, 2011 at 2:47 pm

Hmm…you never know on the weather here. It has been downright cold this spring, but it is usually nice in May….upper 60′s maybe? I’ll have to think about the sports bars. You will for sure have to try Graeters ice cream and La Rosa’s Pizza.

Oh, super jealous of you going to Carlos! My husband used to travel through there like every week for work and NEVER went, but of course that was before we even knew about Buddy.


Jackie Dare May 19, 2011 at 8:28 pm

This is my absolute favorite type of cookie! Toppings or none, they are all good to me. So, I think I will try them all, raspberry, apricot, iced and plain. That should keep me busy for four weeks, if I can resist making more then one batch per week :-/ Please, pray for me because, I have a feeling, this mission is going to be tough!


Katie May 22, 2011 at 11:54 pm

Yes…the mission will be tough, but you should try them all out ;)


Tiffanee May 20, 2011 at 12:42 am

I want these right now!! They would all be gone by the time I got home!! Gotta have some!!


Katie May 22, 2011 at 11:57 pm

Glad I’m not the only one who could eat them all up!!


Mom May 20, 2011 at 9:55 am

I will say that these little cookies are addictive. Dad loves the raspberry.
Not only very cute they are yummy!!!!


Katie May 22, 2011 at 11:56 pm

Dad is just a raspberry fanatic ;) In cakes and cookies!!


Misty May 20, 2011 at 12:10 pm

The kids and I are DEFINITELY going to have to give these a try… They look DELICIOUS…


Katie May 22, 2011 at 11:55 pm

Oh, the kids would have a ton of fun with these…they are a fun cookie to make!


Cherie May 22, 2011 at 8:06 am

Hmmmm…..apricot IS good….but Daniel is right…raspberry RULES!!!

The cake was BEAUTIFUL….and….DEE-LISHUS!!!

just popped in to get my Faith of a Foodie snack….but figured you were probably all tuckered out from yesterday!!

Just have to get me some RCC breakfast at 9:30 this morning!!!

Love you guys SO much…..we were planning on staying to help load everything up….but……that dang alarm thingy….how come that NEVER happens when we are 30 min away…ONLY when we are 2 hours away????? LOL



Katie May 23, 2011 at 12:03 am

Glad you liked the cake! Sorry about the alarm…of all times for it to go off ;) It was so nice to see everyone. I wish we all lived closer. It seems like the kids grow sooo much between visits! We will have to come down soon.

Oh, and I will make sue I get FOF out next Sunday ;)


Cherie May 23, 2011 at 8:05 am

I don’t know what it is…..just nice to get all ready for church….grab a cup of coffee, get my FOF snack……….. have a nice quiet 10 minutes before I leave for church!!!!!!

I really appreciate all the effort you put into all of this….just for us!!!!


Katie May 23, 2011 at 10:18 am

Well, I will make sure you have a nice Sunday morning this week :) Thanks…it is a lot of work, but I really enjoy it!!


Melissa @ Stockpiling Moms December 17, 2011 at 2:43 pm

I always ate these as a child :-) Thanks for linking at our virtual cookie swap! Looks delicious!


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