Philippine Butter Cookies Recipe -
Philippine Butter Cookies Recipe
  • READY IN 17 mins

Philippine Butter Cookies

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"These are also called Puto Seco. This is a tasty, butter cookie that is complimented with a cup of tea. The cornstarch in the recipe makes them light and crunchy."

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Original recipe makes 5 dozen Change Servings
  • PREP

    5 mins
  • COOK

    12 mins

    17 mins


  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Grease cookie sheets.
  2. In a medium bowl, cream together the butter and sugar until smooth. Beat in the eggs, one at a time. Stir in the cornstarch, cream of tartar and baking powder until well blended. Roll the dough into 1 inch balls and place them 1 inch apart onto the prepared cookie sheets.
  3. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes in the preheated oven, or until light brown. Remove to wire racks to cool.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Feb 20, 2006

Very light and crispy, even our non-filipino friends rave about these. One recommendation, chill the dough before rolling into balls.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Dec 15, 2002

I think the recipe uses too much cornstarch. After bitting into one it taste like a ball of butter and cornstarch. I reccomend not making this recipe.


18 Ratings

Jan 04, 2007

Wow! I've been looking for this recipe after making it once a while ago. I forgot the name and couldn't find it again. I initially tried it because I was looking for a special recipe to make into a cookie that was similar to those puffy mint candies that you pop in your mouth and they melt into a fine, sweet, minty powder. This recipe worked perfectly! I added 1 tsp of peppermint extract, a tiny bit of pink food color and some crushed candy canes. They were great!!! Thanks for a great recipe and thanks, mizliz, for posting the picture that helped me find it again!

Dec 12, 2003

This is such and easy and GREAT tasting recipe! The cookies are so light - they're addictive! I'm glad that I tried it and will definitely make them again!

Jul 14, 2006

These were easy to make and delicious. I made them for my family to give them a taste of home..... I got thumbs up all round, even from none Filo relatives!

Feb 16, 2004

I learned to make these when i was in grade school but i lost my recipe. I am glad to find this. The cookies are like the way i remembered them: they are light and crunchy, and it's hard to stop eating them!

Apr 21, 2003

These cookies are special. I couldn´t form the balls, since the batter was runny. I froze them but they were still liquid! So I put them in little molds. Then I covered them with chocolate. Great!

May 22, 2011

My daughter needed an asian dessert for a school project. This was easy and the cookies are great. We will put powder sugar on them next time. You need to have a drink with them. They are more like a biscutt than cookie.


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  • Calories
  • 74 kcal
  • 4%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 10.5 g
  • 3%
  • Cholesterol
  • 17 mg
  • 6%
  • Fat
  • 3.3 g
  • 5%
  • Fiber
  • 0.1 g
  • < 1%
  • Protein
  • 0.4 g
  • < 1%
  • Sodium
  • 34 mg
  • 1%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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