Thursday, August 28, 2008

Old Fashioned Buttermilk Cookies

Cookies have to be every ones favorite. You can't go wrong with a cookie. The smell, the tastes, the appeal it really is the best treat. So it was no surprise that I was in the mood again to make homemade cookies. It's a real special occasion at the Butler house you see Monday was the first day of Kindergarten for our youngest son Carson. I wanted to make something special for him because he is doing so well. I know he loves cookies so I thought these Buttermilk Cookies would be perfect.

I caught some buttermilk on clearance at the grocery store. ($1.00) for a half gallon, that's really a steal for buttermilk. I usually catch it when its on clearance and throw it in the freezer for recipes such as this one. It really freezes well and I have never had a problem when i bake with it. I still have plenty left so later this week i think i might throw together a Buttermilk Pie. OK now on to the cookies. I found this cookie recipe online, it peaked my interest because of the buttermilk being one of the ingredients. I love to bake with buttermilk it gives baked goods such a wonderful flavor. This recipe calls for simple old fashioned ingredients which are my favorite kind of recipes. I love old fashioned recipes that everyone used to make long ago.

These cookies baked up so soft and cake like, they smelled wonderful. Be careful and watch them closely. I had to toss out the first tray because they burned on the bottom. I assumed the cookies would get a bit darker on top so I was surprised when the top was light and the bottom was burnt. Bake these cookie on the top rack of you oven just till they get golden brown on the edges. They will still be a bit light in color on top but they are definitely done. Let them cool and frost those babies up.

My kids loved them!!!!! they ate every last one and are already asking for me to make more. I used milk in the frosting ingredients, but next time i am using buttermilk. I didn't want to overwhelm the cookies with to much of a buttermilk flavor the first round. They really are good I think they would be a nice treat during the holidays. You can use various colors of sprinkles and they would be so pretty. Carson said they looked like cookie clouds. He loved them and that's all that matters. My baby is a big boy now!!!! Today when i dropped him off at school he kissed my arm and said bye mommy!!!!!!! ugh I am sad and happy. He did tell me though school is not the same. I asked Carson why? he told me because I wasn't there. Awweee I gotta make this boy some more cookies.

These are the ingredients you will need.
Flour, sugar, butter, one egg, vanilla extract, buttermilk amd regular milk

Lets start with good old butter.

In a mixing bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy

Fluffy it is.

Beat in egg

and vanilla extract

Combine flour, baking soda and salt; add to the creamed mixture

adding it alternately with buttermilk and mix well.

add the rest of the flour and buttermilk

ummmm cookie batter!!!! only the best thing in the world. This is the point that my daughter Mackenzie and I couldn't help but to taste it and taste it and taste it.

Spray your baking sheet with cooking spray or cover with parchment paper.

Drop by rounded tablespoonfuls 2 in. apart onto greased baking sheets. I pressed the dough down just a bit so they wouldn't bake up like balls.

Bake at 350 - 375 degrees F for 10-12 minutes or until edges are lightly browned. Remove to wire racks to cool. That time might vary you really need to watch the cookies so they don't burn.

Frost cookies

I know they just look really plain and simple but those are the best recipes sometimes. I can see why Carson says they look like cookie clouds they really kind of do. They taste like a old fashioned tea cake.

Old Fashioned Buttermilk Cookies

1/2 cup butter, softened
1 cup sugar
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup buttermilk

3 tablespoons butter, softened
3 1/2 cups confectioners' sugar
1/4 cup milk or buttermilk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

In a mixing bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in egg and vanilla. Combine flour, baking soda and salt; add to the creamed mixture alternately with buttermilk and mix well. Drop by rounded tablespoonfuls 2 in. apart onto greased baking sheets. Bake at 375 degrees F for 10-12 minutes or until edges are lightly browned. Remove to wire racks to cool.
For the frosting, combine butter, confectioners' sugar, milk or buttermilk and vanilla in a mixing bowl; beat until smooth. Frost the cookies;
Bake these cookie on the top rack of your oven just till the edgs are golden brown. They will still be a bit light in color on top but they are definitely done.

~ Mommy's Kitchen Welcomes Your Comments ~


Teresa Cordero Cordell said... #

Oh Tina, you are so sweet. I wish we lived closer. Can you imagine the amazing dinners we would make? Buttermilk Cookies are right up my alley. Cookies and cupcakes, my favorite sweets to have. I love this recipe. Thanks for the great post (as always) and I'll talk to you again soon.

Stephanie said... #

Those look so yummy! Congrats to Carson for starting kindergarten - what a big step!

RecipeGirl said... #

These look delicious! I always seem to have unused buttermilk sitting on my fridge shelf.

I made cookies for my little guy's first week of school too, and then I packaged them up in little ziplocs so he could enjoy them for a week or so in lunches!

Tina Butler said... #

Hi Teresa I wish we lived closer as well. Oh the fun we would have. We could do something chocolate ummm.

Hi Stephanie those cookies were yummy. A big step for my big boy. He was so happy with the cookies.

Lori I would of loved to pack a few in Carsons lunch for the week. But my kiddos ate all of them so fast. I guess they liked them. I am going to make more per their request. I still have more buttermilk left. Ü

Live.Love.Eat said... #

Congrats for the big step in starting kindergarten. That will be my little guy next year and I'm scared. These cookies look awesome!!!!

Claremont First Ward said... #

I LOVE homemade mac and cheese, and there's nothing I love more than good cookies made with REAL butter. They look YUMMY!

VG said... #

Hi Tina

Great cookies...another recipe for the cookie pot.

BTW, You have been TAGGED. Please check out my ‘Stop Food Waste’ post. Hope you will participate.

Regards, VG.

Anonymous said... #

I made these last night and they are SO yummy. I had to cut everyone in the family off after three each, just so we could start over and have three more this morning!

Thanks for the hint about not leaving them in too long. Mine looked completely raw but the bottom was brown, so on your advice I took them out of the oven. I thought they were ruined, but they turned out to be absolutely perfect!!

I had leftover icing so I'll make more tomorrow for this week's school lunches!

Tina Butler said... #

Tammy I am so glad they worked out for you. YEAH!!!! so glad you took my advice. I didnt know that until I made them the first time and i burned the first batch. LOL so i only had a bit over a dozen and the kids wiped them out. I loved the frosting. I have to make some more this week.

Anonymous said... #

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Tina Butler said... #

Hi Susanne thanks for stopping by. I would love to visit you site but I dont have the web address. If you could send me your blog addy i would love to see it.

Maria♥ said... #

Hi Tina

Thanks for dropping by my blog and leaving such a lovely comment!

These Buttermilk cookies look so delish and I will be making these very soon ;o)

I have added you to my list of blog.


ArmyWife4Jesus said... #
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ArmyWife4Jesus said... #

I love your blog, Tina! My husband and I just made Paula's Ultimate Coffee Cake and I can't wait to have breakfast in the morning :) I can never get my husband in the kitchen and he had so much fun because the recipe was so simple, but looks great. We are newlyweds and rarely get to eat together because he is always gone on the road --he is in a Christian band called Leeland. When he is home, I want to make sure he gets a good meal at home because he eats at a lot of restaurants and catering on on the road. When we have our own kids, I want the kitchen to be the center of our mom rarely cooked with me growing up because of her job, so I am still learning in the kitchen...thanks for the great recipe posts. Your kids are darling :) God bless.

Tina Butler said... #

Aprelle, thank you so much for the nice words. Just keep cooking and you will get so much better. I used to be a awful cook the more i did it the better i got, now I have a love for cooking like no other. Learning to cook is a important part of growing up. Like i said i wasnt the best but my mom made me what i am today.

Phyllis said... #

Tina..Your Recipes are right up my alley. I have found more here than in any cookbooks. I love trying all of your recipes! I love your Site!

Tina Butler said... #

Thank you Phyllis. And thank you for taking the time to stop by and leave a comment. ((hugs))

Unknown said... #

Add brown sugar and chocolate chips for soft batch chocolate chip cookies

Anonymous said... #

These are delicious, so light and fluffy! I was looking for a way to use up leftover buttermilk. I used half whole wheat flour, didn't press them down and didn't even make the frosting and they are still a perfect, slightly sweet snack. Can imagine they would be extra delicious with it. Would be great to have with tea or coffee in the afternoon. I love almond extract and wonder how they would be with almond extract. Thank you for the recipe.

Anonymous said... #

can i add some lemon extract to the cookie dough? if so how much should i use