Buttermilk Sugar Cookies

14 Feb

Happy St. Valentine’s Day! Yes, another cookie post : )

I doubt anyone’s really complaining though…

When my dear husband requested Valentine’s sugar cookies, I found I was short a few ingredients to make my mom/grandmother/great grandmother’s recipe. Yes, I cheated on my beloved family recipe. On Valentine’s Day. Oh the shame. But these come in a close second.

Buttermilk Sugar Cookies

1/2 cup butter, softened
1 cup sugar
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla
3 and 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 cup buttermilk

2 cups powdered sugar
3 Tbsp milk
Red food coloring (optional)

Cream the butter and sugar with a mixer. Add the egg and mix thoroughly, then add vanilla. Combine the flour, baking soda and salt in a separate bowl. With the mixer running, gradually add the dry ingredients to the creamed ingredients, alternating with the buttermilk.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Roll out the dough on a floured surface and cut with hearts or other shapes. Place on baking sheets and bake for 8-10 minutes for small cookies or 10-12 minutes for large cookies, or until light brown around edges. Cool on wire racks.

Mix together powdered sugar and milk for a simple icing. Add extra powdered sugar if it’s too thin, until it gets to the desired consistency. Tint the frosting with about 4 drops of red food coloring, or more if you want darker colors. When cookies are completely cooled, decorate with frosting and sugars or sprinkles as desired.

Source: Slightly adapted from angpritch from Tasty Kitchen


One Response to “Buttermilk Sugar Cookies”

  1. Angela@RecipesFromMyMom March 3, 2011 at 9:00 am #

    So glad you like the recipe and used it for your Valentine’s cookies. I copied it out of a newspaper about 20 years ago and bet I’ve made thousands of cookies for every kind of holiday.

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