Rose Bud Butter Cookies

Rose Bud Butter CookiesThis Monday, February 17th, is Random Acts of Kindness Day. It’s a day for reaching out and making someone’s day a little  brighter.  Rose Bud Butter Cookies add sparkle to any occasion. These flaky pastry cookies are enclosed in a crunchy sugar coating, then folded into piles of buttery goodness. The original Russian recipe calls them Crow’s Feet (gusinie lapki), but they look more like rose buds to me!

Rose Bud Butter CookiesThe richness of this cookie comes from the butter and an unusual cookie ingredient, cottage cheese. The small curds of the cottage cheese disappear into the dough while baking and make the layers of cookie flaky and moist. This recipe uses the zest from one lemon to add a gentle whiff of citrus, perfect for enjoying with a cup of tea. I think vanilla extract or orange zest would be tasty variations.

Rose Bud Butter CookiesRose Bud Butter CookiesThe only change I made to the original recipe was in the sugar coating process. Traditionally, only one side of the dough circle is pressed in sugar and the sugar coated side is always folded to the inside. The result is a cookie without sugar on the bottom. Perhaps, in the days before non-stick surfaces, the caramelized sugar would stick to the baking sheet and make it difficult to remove the baked cookies. Lining a baking sheet with parchment paper makes it possible to enjoy the extra sweetness and crunch from a completely coated cookie. In addition, encasing the dough in sugar keeps the cookie moist and delicious longer. The term “longer” is relative. Rose Bud Butter Cookies are flavorful, sturdy short distance travelers. Double wrapped in plastic wrap and stored in an airtight container at room temperature, they will stay fresh for at least 5 days. I do not recommend them for long distance (military) or hot weather care packages.

Rose Bud Butter CookiesOn Monday I will participate in Random Acts of Kindness Day by sharing a Cup of Joe. Last year, I learned from my blogging friend, Gina, at Gina Left the Mall, about an  easy and inexpensive random act of kindness called a Cup of Joe that has become important to me year round. Many of the Monday Box recipes are created with the special requirements of  military care packages in mind. The men and women who serve their country do difficult jobs in often dangerous and uncomfortable conditions. I am in awe of their commitment and the sacrifices their families make. I was dismayed to learn that many of our military feel forgotten by the very people they are serving. I am not a political person, but as a mom my heart goes out to each soldier and their families.

Rose Bud Butter CookiesCup of Joe is a program through Green Beans Coffee which has cafes on military bases throughout the world. Anyone can click on their site and, for only $2, donate a cup of coffee to a service person. There is also the option to write a short message of support to go with the coffee. That random act, from one stranger to another, is so effortless and yet reaches across continents to communicate kindness.

I send Cups of Joe on a regular basis and receive thank you emails from the recipients. Just in case you have any doubt that one little cup of coffee can make a difference, I would like to share a few quotes from recent emails.

             ”…thank you very much for your support. I will certainly enjoy the cup of coffee. It is these little things that help us get through the deployment and being away from our families.” Service Member serving at BPC Mall in Qatar

              “…I would like to first thank you for all of your support and the COJ you sent. It is very thoughtful, kind and very much needed and appreciated. Yes it did bring  me a smile. It is nice to know that there are still thoughtful and generous people like yourself out there that support us……Thank you, thank you, thank you.” Service Member serving at Buehring MOAB in Kuwait

              “…Thank you so much for the cup of coffee, it brings more than a smile to my face. It builds morale and motivation, and mostly it reminds me of the freedoms we are protecting. Thank you again, your gift means more than you know.” Service Member in Southeast Asia

 Rose Bud Butter CookiesRose Bud Butter CookiesRose Bud Butter CookiesThis Monday, join me in celebrating Random Acts of Kindness Day by baking some Rose Bud Butter Cookies and virtually sharing a cup of coffee with a service person, providing a combination morale and caffeine boost. Participating requires little effort yet can have a huge impact. Simple acts of kindness can transform our world.

Rose Bud Butter CookiesRose Bud Butter Cookies

Adapted from

Makes 18 cookies

(Printable recipe)


1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature

8 ounces small-curd cottage cheese

Zest from 1 medium lemon

2 ¼ cups all-purpose flour

¼ teaspoon baking powder

½- ¾ cup granulated or decorating sugar


  • Preheat oven to 350˚F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • In the bowl of an electric mixer, cream together butter, cottage cheese, and zest until light and fluffy (about 5 minutes).
  • In a medium bowl whisk together flour and baking powder.
  • Add the flour mixture to the creamed ingredients in the mixer bowl. Knead by hand or with a dough hook until smooth. If the dough is sticky, add an additional 1 tablespoon of flour.
  • Roll out the dough between 2 sheets of parchment paper until 1/8” – ¼” thickness. Cut out circles using a 3 ½” cookie cutter.
  • Pour sugar onto plate. Press a dough circle gently onto the sugar to coat. Turn the circle over and press gently to coat the other side.
  • Fold the circle in half, then in half again, forming a quarter circle (triangular wedge).
  • Gently press the rounded edges into the same or contrasting colored sugar to coat.
  • Place the cookie on the prepared baking sheet. Use two fingers to gently press across the middle of the cookie to emphasize bud “petals” and to keep the layers of cookie from separating while baking.
  • Repeat with remaining circles. Placed the folded cookies about 1” apart on the baking sheet.
  •  Re-roll remaining dough and repeat the cutting, sugar coating, and folding process.
  • Bake for 30-32 minutes, until the edges begin to brown. Cool completely on the baking sheet.
  • Store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 5 days.

Packing tips: Use plastic wrap to double wrap Rose Bud Butter Cookies singly or in pairs with bottoms together. Place in an airtight container or ziplock bag. Butter cookies are not recommended for hot weather shipping.


  1. Margaret Darakjian says


    I shared these cookies with Jess & Megan! Delicious, buttery, flaky! Thank you, Margaret

    Sent from my iPad


  2. says

    Thanks for sharing the info about Cup of Joe – I hadn’t heard about that organization before! And these rose bud cookies look lovely – and so interesting with the cottage cheese. They sound delicious! Happy Valentine’s Day!

    • says

      Happy Valentine’s Day, Ashley! Thanks! Cup of Joe is wonderful. It is amazing that $2 can so positively impact the morale of a complete stranger….but I guess its because a stranger cares enough to offer that token of thanks, that makes the gesture powerful. :)
      I was quite dubious about cottage cheese in a cookie before I tried these but now I am a fan!

  3. says

    Wendy…you are truly amazing! First of all, these cookies are beautiful! Now you’ve got me thinking about origami with cookie dough! What a great effect…so perfect for Valentine’s Day. And thank you so much for introducing me to Cup of Joe. Most definitely something I would like to get involved in! : )

    • says

      Thank you, Anne! Wouldn’t origami cookie dough be amazing!! Cookie dough origami cranes come to mind. Please let me know if you figure it out! I would love to try it. :) These are way more simple. Just folding in half. They turned into rose buds on their own. I just added the sprinkle bling. :)
      I happily spread the word about Cup of Joe whenever I can! It feels so good to be able to offer what support I can (with so little effort) assuring our soldiers far from home that they are appreciated and are NOT forgotten.

  4. says

    those are so adorable! and i’ve never seen nor heard of this type of cookie before; you’re right, they look way more like roses than they do crow’s feet. :) so pretty…i like what you did with all the different color combos (i feel a Wee One project coming on).

    • says

      Thanks, Shannon. When I first saw cookies from the original recipe (no bling sugar added) I thought they looked like folded up notes….you know the kind that kids pass between desks at school. I was going to call them “Love Note Cookies”. My taste testers made it clear that I was seeing things. No one thought they looked like notes (I still do). The bling sugar takes them away from traditional (who cares?) and gives them a flowery sparkle. :) The sparkle alone should capture Wee One’s attention. Though this is a generalization…pink/purple sparkly= 3 year old girls!

  5. says

    I never saw a cookie like this before! They’re beautiful! I love how they look with all the different colored sprinkles – like a garden of roses. They look fun to make too. I’m on my way to buy some coffee! :-)

    • says

      Thanks, Reeni! I love reading blogs that feature recipes from other countries. I find so many delicious new favorite foods that way!! These cookies are so easy to make and the finished result is like pastry dough (not at all an easy thing to make!) They just looked like roses to me and decorating was fun!

  6. says

    Oh My ! How cute they are !!! Simply love it it’s soooo freaking cute ! really !!
    Love the shape and love the way you decorate them (it reminds me of the first post I’ve read on your blog, I was extremely pleased by the way you decorated hamantaschen !)
    They’re beautiful, would be a hit at my cousin’s bat mitsvah :)

    Lots of love xxx

    • says

      Thank you so much, Sarah! You are so sweet! Are you baking for your cousin’s bat mitzvah? At our temple, friends and family often bake for the Friday night service and the kiddish right after the bat mitzvah service. I made trays and trays of cookies for my kids ( color coordinated to their bat/bar mitzvah “color”) I think these Rose Bud cookies would make a beautiful tray for a bat mitzvah or wedding shower!

    • says

      Thanks, Winnie! These are a tender cookie made with a easy to work with dough. They started out simple and bloomed into roses when I added the sugar! :) Thanks for pinning!!


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