Button Cookies

Button #Cookies

These lovely Button Cookies have been in my mind since I saw the picture of them on a Turkish magazine last year. I did my shopping in a hurry at the market and saw these on the cover of a magazine next to the check out just after I made the payment. I loved the idea of button cookies, they were so cute! I knew I must try it! I didn’t pay attention to the name of the magazine, and unfortunately I couldn’t find it later! Anyway, I know how to make cookies, right? So it shouldn’t be that hard! Making these cookies was more like an experiment for me.

Button #CookiesWho wouldn’t like cookies in button shape? You can play with their colors or size depending on your taste. It was really fun to make these button cookies.

Button #Cookies

These button cookies are not melting in your mouth kind, they are more like crispy biscuits. It’s fun to eat them too! They look like broken buttons when bitten!

Button #Cookies

These button cookies will make a perfect edible gift too! Wouldn’t it be great to receive such a gift from a friend? You can use your friend’s favorite colors, put button cookies in a nice box and tie it with ribbons to make your gift even nicer! I’m sure it would be surprising!

Button #Cookies

It was the first time I used food coloring, so I was quite excited about the result. I decided to make them in five colors; light yellow, light brown, dark brown, pink and purple. I just used food coloring in two of these! I used cocoa powder for brown ones.

Button #Cookies

Did I tell you before how much I love playing with dough? It wouldn’t be wrong to say that my favorite kitchen tool is my rolling pin! I enjoy making balls from dough and rolling them out!

I used purple food coloring for this dough. But I must warn you not to make the mistake I made when kneading it. I forgot to wear gloves and my hands had purple stains when I finished kneading! It was removed after many times of washing, but it would have been better if I had worn gloves.

Button #Cookies

This one will make my light yellow button cookies. It’s the plain dough, no color additions. I used my smallest round cookie cutter to have perfect round buttons.

After cutting them in circles, we need a smaller cutter to imprint an inner circle. I already used the smallest one in my kitchen and I didn’t have a cutter smaller than this. Do you have any idea what I used instead?

Button #Cookies

You see I used my husband’s wedding ring as a cookie cutter! Can you read my name inside? After imprinting inner circles on cookies, I made holes of buttons with a wooden skewer; 4 holes for each button.

Button #Cookies

If you find it hard to transfer cookies after giving them shapes, you can place them on baking sheet right after cutting them. It will be easier to imprint and make holes there.

Button #Cookies

So if you want to make surprise gifts for your friends or if you want to have fun with your kids or just yourself, these button cookies are perfect!

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Button Cookies
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Lovely colorful button cookies make perfect edible gifts.
  • ½ cup corn starch
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • ¾ cup custor sugar
  • 1 egg, at room temperature
  • 100g butter, at room temperature
  • 2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 3 tbsp cocoa powder, for brown buttons
  • Purple food coloring, for pink and purple buttons
  1. Mix corn starch, vanilla, sugar, egg and butter with your hand.
  2. Add flour little by little and knead until you have soft and non sticky dough.
  3. Divide it into five balls.
  4. Set one of them aside to make it plain cookies.
  5. For light brown, add 1 tbsp cocoa powder into one of them and knead well.
  6. For dark brown, add 2 tbsp cocoa powder into another one and knead.
  7. For pink, add 9 drops purple food coloring into another and knead.
  8. For purple, add 22 drops purple food coloring and knead.
  9. Chill them for 15 minutes in refrigerator.
  10. Preheat oven at 170C.
  11. Roll them out one by one and cut with a round cookie cutter.
  12. Gently imprint an inner circle on each.
  13. Make 4 holes in the center of each cookie.
  14. Place them on a baking sheet and bake 12 minutes.
  15. Cool them on a wire rack.
Nutrition Information
55 cookies


  1. says

    Zerrin are you sure these are for eating, because they look so real. Heheh….
    So creative idea, and can’t wait for the summer to come, it will be my kids upcoming fun project, thanks for the inspiration.

    • says

      Lol! Samah, these are as real as the cookies in the story Alice in Wonderland:) I’m sure your kids will enjoy their project!

  2. says

    These little cookies are as cute as a button. Thanks so much for sending me a batch on facebook their bright and beautiful colors really brightened my day. Have a super weekend. BAM

  3. Julia | JuliasAlbum.com says

    These are so cute! And you don’t even need special cookie cutters! Love your tutorial – pinned!

  4. says

    These are the cutest things Zerrin! So colorful and pretty! They couldn’t be any more perfect.

    • says

      Thanks Reeni! Their color makes me think twice before eating! They look so much like buttons, aren’t they?

  5. says

    Zerrin, these are just adorable! It looks like you had a lot of fun making them and I bet they would be fun to eat as well! I love how intense your colors are even after baking. Was your food coloring a gel?

    • says

      Hi Marta, thanks for stopping by! It’s definitely so easy! I’m sure you will have great time making these cookies together!

  6. Lisa says

    What is the butter measurement? I think there is a typo in the ingredients list. I want to make these! They are adorable! Thanks for sharing this! I found it on Pinterest :)

  7. Mary Ann Lengyel says

    Adorable. How did you get the four holes to look so uniform?

  8. mala says

    hi zerrin, I wonder what is the food colouring brand u use?and is that easily find in any supermarket in istanbul? I am new in town.just few month and planning to stay here.but shopping for baking is sometime difficult to me,because some of baking item are difficult to find,or I just don’t know what to call it in turkish. for example parchment paper. I have been asking here and there but no one seem to understand me.. what is you call it in turkish by the way? thanks.

    • says

      Hi Mala,
      Welcome to Turkey!
      I use Fo. You can search it on google by writing “Fo Food Product”. You will find Fo Gıda. I’m using their liquid food coloring. I buy it from Metro, which you can find in Istanbul as well.
      You can find parchment paper under the name of “yağlı kağıt” or “pişirme kağıdı”. Feel free to ask me whenever you need.
      Hope you enjoy your time in Turkey.

      • mala says

        thanks zerrin… you are so kind. can’t wait to bake this with my daughter. now she can’t join school.because she can’t speak turkish yet. is that possible if I get your email address..
        I have tried your calamari fried recipe before and my husband surprised. he said this is very good.I said I got the recipe from turkish food blogger. so he said, don’t stop read her blog… hehehe….
        and I post some of my cooking base on your recipe my instagram page,is that okey if I give link to your page as well?

        • says

          Hope you and your daughter enjoy it as much as I did. Please find my email address at the very bottom of my “Who am I” page.
          Great to hear that you and your husband loved my calamari recipe. One of our favorite seafoods!
          No problem. You can link back to my page on instagram.

  9. says

    Hi Zerrin, I stumbled upon your blog while I was searching for “orange bites dipped in dark chocolate”. Your blog is amazing. I can see how much time and effort you, your husband and the little one put in it. I will be following you trough twitter and pinterest. Keep up the good work :) Cheers. Dilek!

  10. Tan Kang Xing says

    Hi! I just saw this page and I am amazed! However, can I ask if I can use all-purpose flour instead of wheat flour? And I don’t have vanilla so is it okay if I leave it out?

    • says

      Thank you Tan Kang! You can use all-purpose flour and vanilla gives just a little flavor, so it’s up to you to leave it out.


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