Butter Cookies – Biscuits Breton

Butter is one of Brittany’s specialties and these butter cookies are specialties of one of our favorite regions of France. We especially love Belle-Ile, the beautiful island off the western coast that was home to Sarah Bernhardt , Monet and other artists who appreciated the sunlight, sea and sand.  If you go to Brittany, don’t leave without buying Biscuits Breton in a souvenir canister like the one in the photo.DSC05180

Biscuits Breton: Butter Cookies from Brittany
Pronounced: bees kwee / bruh to(n)


  • 3 sticks (12 oz.) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1-1/4 cups sugar
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 extra large egg
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 3 cups cake flour
  • 3 Tablespoons whole milk, for wash


1. With an electric mixer on slow speed, cream the butter, sugar and salt together.

2. Slowly add the egg and vanilla, continuing to beat on slow speed.

3. Add the flour all at once and mix, scraping down the sides and bottom of the bowl once.

4. // Turn the dough out onto a piece of plastic wrap and pat into a 1/2-inch rectangle. Cover completely with the wrap and place in the refrigerator for about 1 hour, or until firm.

5. Preheat oven to 357°F. Line cookie sheets with parchment paper.

6. on a lightly floured surface, roll out the dough until 1/4-inch thick. Using a 2-inch diameter, fluted round cookie cutter, cut out the cookies and place 1-inch apart on prepared sheets. Gather up the scraps and refrigerate until firm enough to roll out again.

7. Brush the cookies with some of the milk and bake for 10-15 minutes until a light golden color. Transfer to a wire rack to cool.

Makes about 40 cookies. Store in an airtight container, or freeze them. (They are incredibly delicious even when you eat them right out of the freezer!)