Buttermilk Sugar Cookie: The Saga Begins

What makes a tasty sugar cookie?

The flour? The sugar? The special secrets like cream cheese, sour cream, or maybe even buttermilk?

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Well I am making it my mission to find out. I want my cookies to come out like the kind from the tube. Soft, chewy, sweet. Unfortunately, I am biased against prepared dough’s, mixes, and the like although I have eaten (and enjoyed) more than my fair share of these treats.

I have had issue with sugar cookies. They are so simple but mine always come out tasting a little off. I thought it might have been one of my ingredients but I have changed all of those things. I am starting to think it is my recipe so I am on a mission to find a new one.

cookie flour

In honor of my two monthiversary of this blog, I am going back to my very first post where I got the inspiration to put buttermilk in my sugar cookies. How? I ate the little cut out of dough for my pie and it was surprisingly delicious.

I am so ready for this experiment because for one it is going to be delicious (duh!). And it also happens to be just in time for baking season and prime sugar cookie eating time. Not to mention I am so beyond ready to find a good sugar cookie recipe.

cookie cutters

Another pretty important thing that is happening today is National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day. In order to reduce the amount of teens and adults abusing prescription drugs, there have been thousands of organized collection points across the U.S. to drop off your no longer used prescription drugs.

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If you are interested you can go to this website to find out where there are collection sites near you. Prescription drug abuse is a serious problem for teens and adults. If you or someone you know is abusing prescription drugs, you can go here for a list of numbers to call for help.

So on your way back from dropping off all your unused/expired/unnecessary prescription drugs pick up some buttermilk and bake these cookies.

These cookies have some great flavor which fixed my original problem, but there will need to be some work on the texture and spreading issue.

cut cookies

Buttermilk Sugar Cookies

yields approximately 3 dozen cookies

2 3/4 cups of all purpose flour

1/2 teaspoon of salt

1 cup of butter

1 3/4 cup of sugar

1 egg

1 1/2 teaspoons of vanilla

3-4 Tablespoons of buttermilk

To make the cookies:

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.

In a small bowl, stir together flour and salt. Set aside.

In a large bowl, cream together butter and sugar until smooth. Beat in the egg and vanilla. Gradually blend in dry ingredients. Add enough of the buttermilk to moisten the dough and make it soft, not wet.

Flour countertop and roll dough out. Cut cookies with desired cutters and place on a ungreased cookie sheet. With a brush or fingers, moisten the top of each cookie with the remaining buttermilk. Sprinkle with raw sugar or colored sprinkles.

Bake for 8 to 10 minutes or until slightly golden. Let stand for 2 minutes before removing to cool on a rack.

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