Butter cookies or butter biscuits are unleavened cookies consisting of butter, flour, and sugar. They are often categorized as crisp cookies due to their texture resulted from an accurate quantity of butter and sugar.
It is generally necessary to chill the dough to enable proper manipulation and handling. Butter cookies at their most basic have no flavoring but they are often flavored with vanilla, chocolate, and coconut and sometimes topped with sugar crystals. They also come in a variety of shapes such as circles, squares, ovals, rings.
They also come in pretzel-like forms with a variety of appearances, including marbled, checkered or plain. Using piping bags, twisted shapes can be made. In some parts of the world such as European countries and North America, butter cookies are often served around Christmas time.