Monday, February 23, 2009

Buttermilk Cookies

These are my kind of cookie--soft and fluffy, almost cake-like. It doesn't hurt that they also use lemon and vanilla, two of my favorite flavors. Add on that they're quick and easy to make and you've got a perfect treat. Enjoy!
buttermilk cookies
Buttermilk Cookies
adapted from

For cookies

3 c. all-purpose flour
zest of one lemon

1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt

1 1/2 sticks unsalted butter, softened

1 1/2 c. granulated sugar
2 large eggs

1 tsp. pure vanilla extract

2/3 c. well-shaken buttermilk

For glaze

1 1/2 c. confectioners sugar
3 TBSP well-shaken buttermilk

1/2 tsp. pure vanilla extract


1. Preheat oven to 350°F with rack in middle. Butter 2 large baking sheets.

2. Whisk together flour, zest, baking soda, and salt.

3. Beat together butter and sugar in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment until pale and fluffy. Add eggs 1 at a time, beating well after each addition, then beat in vanilla.

4. Mix in flour mixture and buttermilk alternately in batches at low speed, beginning and ending with flour mixture, until smooth.

5. Drop level tablespoons of dough about 1 1/2 inches apart onto baking sheets. Bake, 1 sheet at a time, until cookies are puffed and edges are golden, 12 to 15 minutes per batch. Cool cookies on sheets 1 minute, then transfer cookies to racks.

6. Prepare glaze by whisking together all glaze ingredients. Spoon onto tops of warm cookies. Let stand until cookies are completely cooled and glaze is set.

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~Amber~ said...

These look so soft and fluffy. I bet they tasted amazing.

Joelen said...

Looks great and wish I came across this recipe soon when I had buttermilk leftover!

Miss Lemonade said...

You've got an award! :)

Sophie said...

lemon is one of my favorite flavors to bake with :). I need to look into adding buttermilk to cookies--sounds like a tasty idea.

Carrie said...

I love cookies and always looking for new recipes to make, these look like a great next recipe.