Bon-bons: Our Family’s All-Time Favorite Cookie

A version of this post was published on June 29, 2010.


These cookies have been a family favorite ever since I spotted them as a preteen in a Betty Crocker cookie book.  (My mom kept the cookbook and it’s now in my possession, as you can see below.)

The whimsical look and buttery taste of these cookies are just as irresistible now as they were then. My kids and I make them when we’re in the mood for creating something extra fun, a little fanciful, and full of color.

My daughters often choose bon-bons over cupcakes for their birthday sleepover parties — and love decorating them with their friends.

They’re the perfect special occasion cookie. We change the icing colors according to the holiday and bring them to school for Halloween events (orange with a slivered gumdrop leaf), Election Day bake sales (red, white and blue icing), and as Valentine’s Day favors (instead of “embarrassing” cards).


We get asked for the recipe a lot, so I thought it would be helpful to post it on the blog. Here it is:

Bonbon Cookies

(adapted from Betty Crocker’s Cookie Book, 1981)

You can double, triple, even quadruple this recipe.


Healthy it up by substituting part of the flour with whole wheat flour.  The last time I made a quadruple batch for my daughter’s sleepover party, I substituted one of the six cups of flour with wheat germ and they were just as delicious (and I didn’t feel quite as guilty downing five bonbons in one sitting).

Makes 2 dozen

  • 3/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, softened
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  1. Heat oven to 350 degrees.  Mix powdered sugar, butter and vanilla.  Work in flour and salt until dough holds together.  (If dough is dry, mix in 1 to 2 tablespoons milk.)
  2. For each cookie, shape dough by tablespoonful into a 1 inch ball.  Place about 1 inch apart on ungreased cookie sheet.
  3. Bake until set but not brown, 12 to 15 minutes; cool.
  4. Dip tops of cookies into glaze (see below).  Decorate with sprinkles if desired.

Tip: If you accidentally overcook the bonbons and they become dry and hard, put them in a sealed container with a few apple slices.  The moisture from the apple will seep into the cookies and make them chewy again.



  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 tablespoon plus 1 1/2 teaspoons milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

Beat all ingredients until smooth and of desired consistency (thin enough to slightly run down the sides of the cookie, but thick enough to stay there).


Have fun with these — we know you will!

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  • Sandra Bowes December 2, 2016, 3:38 pm

    I remember My sister (13 yrs older) making “bon-bon surprises” at christmas. I was about 11 or 12 the first time I had them. She filled them with different fillings ( chocolate, nuts, cherries, coconut) We have made them every year since. I am now 69. Lost her original reciepe while moving, but was able to recover it via internet. My daughter & grandsons are coming to make cookies this year.

    • Amy December 20, 2016, 7:31 am

      Dear Sandra,

      Yes, my original recipe calls for forming the balls of dough around nuts or cherries. It must be the same one!

      Best wishes for a merry bon-bon making season,

  • Hannah Bouchoucha August 7, 2013, 11:19 am

    these look amazingly yummy! Can’t wait to try them!

    • Amy August 7, 2013, 11:35 am

      Yes, they are super yummy, Hannah! Just as good as they look. I hope you like them as much as we do. -Amy

  • Hannah Bouchoucha July 22, 2013, 1:37 pm

    Looks so good! I’m gonna try that very soon!

  • Heather July 11, 2013, 11:20 pm

    I just have to say that I have this cookbook! I got it from the school book order in 4th grade! And I still bake from it. I have never tried the Bon-bons, but I did win reserve champion at the county fair with the coconut chews!

    • Amy July 12, 2013, 6:41 am

      I can’t believe you have this cookbook too, Heather! It’s a small world. I remember trying the coconut chews too. They’re caramelly, right? You have to try the bon-bons!


      • Anonymous July 15, 2013, 5:09 pm

        I will definitely have to try the bon-bons! The coconut chews have an orange-lemon icing… it is a very different combination, but really addictive!

        • Amy July 15, 2013, 9:36 pm

          Wow, that’s not what I expected! I will have to try those too. -Amy

  • Andrea August 7, 2012, 8:48 pm

    These were my favorite cookies as a child! I couldn’t locate my Mom’s copy of the book, but I was able to find one on ebay. There are so many memories in that book. I think I’m going to go make some cookies right now!

    • Amy July 12, 2013, 6:40 am

      Hi Andrea,

      I totally know what you mean about lots of memories! I can’t believe bon-bons were your favorite too!

      Thanks so much for telling me,

  • Renata July 12, 2012, 3:01 am

    We are in Australia (hence the rainy day acitivity) it is winter over here.

  • Renata July 12, 2012, 3:00 am

    Hi Amy,

    Just made the bon bons with my kids as a rainy day activity and they loved them. So much fun putting on the sprinkles and icing. Delicious!


    • Amy July 12, 2012, 2:38 pm

      Dear Renata,

      It’s clear that you love the bonbons as much as we do! I’m so happy you found the recipe for a rainy winter day.

      Thanks for coming back to tell me,

  • Nichole David January 22, 2012, 6:52 pm

    I made these today and can’t stop eating them!! I added a little cinnamon to the dough and glaze and it tastes like a heavenly snicker doodle!! Love the super easy recipe! I’m definitely making these again!

    • Amy January 23, 2012, 9:21 pm

      Hi Nichole,

      Yes, that’s the one problem with bon-bons — we can’t stop eating them! I’m so glad you like them, and you even had the confidence to change them up a little. I love the snicker doodle version! Thanks so much for coming back to share your success. I’d love to see how you decorated them.

      Take care,

  • Walls Stickers by Alex July 16, 2010, 3:41 pm

    Wow, looks delicious. Yet, didn’t try the recepie. Good tip with apple, coz I have problem of making cookies as a stone :)

    Thanks again,

  • Sarah Hickok June 30, 2010, 9:21 pm

    My mom TOTALLY has this cookie book at home! yay! Thanks for this site. It’s very useful, and the ideas around moving will be helpful when we get around to trying to sell our house and figuring out where we _do_ want to live.

    • Amy July 5, 2010, 1:52 pm

      No way, I can’t believe you have this book too! Thanks for writing in, Sarah.