I know Valentine’s Day was a while ago. I’ve been slowly working on the blog again, and wanted to share my all-time favorite cookie recipe. If you know me, you know cooking isn’t my thing. I don’t mind it, but I don’t love it either. Baking on the other hand, I’m pretty sure I love it. 🙂
This recipe was passed down to me from my Mom. Every Christmas, and special moments in between we would make these buttermilk cookies.
1 c. butter, softened
2 c. sugar
1 Tbsp. vanilla extract
1 c. buttermilk
2 tsp. baking soda
2 tsp. baking powder
a pinch of salt
6 c. flour
Cream butter and sugar together.
Measure buttermilk, add baking soda and let it set.
It helps to have a cute kitchen helper to stir things.
Add eggs and vanilla extract.
Cream that together well. Mix flour, baking powder and salt in a separate bowl.
Add some flour.
Then add some buttermilk.
Alternate dry ingredients and buttermilk until everything is combined. Chill dough for at least 1 hour.
On a floured surface, roll out the dough. Obviously not all the dough at once.
Cut out cookies with your favorite cookie cutters.
I like my cookies thin, but you can make them thick too. It just takes longer to bake if they’re thicker. Put the cookies on ungreased baking sheets. Bake the cookies at 350° until the bottoms are starting to brown. I don’t have a specific time because my cookies are usually all a little bit different.
Let the cookies cool.
Frost the cookies with your favorite frosting. I like to use buttercream.
American Buttercream Frosting:
1 c. butter, softened but still a little cool
4 c. powdered sugar
1 tsp. vanilla extract
2-3 Tbsp. milk
Whip the butter for about 8 minutes. I am not kidding. It turns white and fluffy. Add a little powdered sugar, milk, and vanilla extract. Combine and add the rest of the powdered sugar. Whip the frosting as long as you like. You literally can’t ruin this frosting. Add some food coloring if you want tinted frosting. Sometimes I think the frosting is a little too buttery, so I just add a bit more milk and powdered sugar.
Let the frosting harden a bit on top before packaging. These are fun to wrap neatly and give to friends or people who drop by. Often when I make them, I package a few to give to the next person that drops by. It is a fun way to bless people.