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Sally's Buttermilk Cookies

My mom by love has been making these cookies for our family for some time now. She got the recipe from her friend Sally who got the recipe from her grandmother.
They are soft and tender and freeze wonderfully. I usually take out one cookie from the freezer. . .putting it aside to thaw. ..but have yet to taste it completely thawed . .. .since I just can't wait.

  • 3/4 cup butter
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • pinch salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 3/4 cup buttermilk
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3 1/2 cup flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 1/2 cup icing sugar
  • a few teaspoons milk
  • dash lemon extract
  1. Cream the softened butter and the sugars and salt. Add the eggs and stir well to combine.
  2. Stir together the buttermilk and baking soda.
  3. Combine the flour and baking powder.
  4. Stir the flour and baking powder and buttermilk and soda into the creamed mixture.
  5. Add the vanilla.
  6. Drop by teaspoons onto the cookie sheet
  7. Bake at 375 F for 7 - 10 minutes.
  8. Allow to cool on baking rack
  9. Stir together the icing sugar, milk to make a thin spreadable icing and a little lemon extract.
  10. Spread over cookies and if you want to dress them up seasonally. . .give them a few sprinkles before the icing sets.


  1. Hi Ladies,

    The cookies sound good and I think I will try them. Its nice to have things in the freezer for when company comes.

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  2. I love these soft, cake like cookies....yum. And anything with buttermilk is going to be good I know for a fact...grin! So these are definitely a must try!

  3. Ohh, thank you for posting this! I've been waiting for this recipe for a few weeks now, since your "cookie payment" post! Yay! I will have to make them this weekend - thank you.

  4. How sweet that she makes you cookies. They look really good. I'll have to try her recipe. Kathy

  5. Oh man! My coffee seems so lonely while I'm looking at these cookies...

  6. This looks good! I love recipes with buttermilk in them :)

  7. Buttermilk cookies..delicious! I just know these cookies are good..I'd like to bake them but I first need to know who I can deliver them to..I can't trust myself with those cookies in the house!

  8. Just the other day I learned from the pastry chef at work that Buttermilk is actually very low in fat. Is this a commonly known thing?

  9. They sounds amazing! And I have some buttermilk on hand....hmmmm!!! Thanks!

  10. I have not had these . .. but they sound like wonderful little bites of cake!
    For Larissa . . . buttermilk is very low in fat and has a long "fridge life". (can go beyond exp date) It's so good for use in baking, so I have it on hand all the time... I'm sure Lovella does as well. (auntie A)

  11. Sally's Buttermilk Cookies look delicious. I can't wait to make them. I love to use buttermilk in recipes.

  12. Excellent, excellent! I am always looking for new ways to use small amounts of buttermilk that I generally have left over from other projects. I am very happy to see these; cookies are a personal favorite!

  13. Yummy! I made these. They are so good to have in the freezer but unfortunately they don't last long in there... And like it says in the recipe, I can't wait either until they're thawed, they taste good even frozen! THANKS for the recipe!!! (I added a bit of cream to the icing, it tasted very good!)

  14. It mentions two eggs in the ingredient list, but the directions never specify when to add them. I am assuming that I should add them after I cream the butter and sugars; is that correct?

  15. I made these cookies last night, was a big hit! Everyone loved them, I also put some in the freezer ssshhhh... :)
    Thanks Kim

  16. I am making these right now, I hope they turn out because like someone else said, it doesn't tell you when to add the eggs, I almost forgot them.

  17. Sorry about forgetting to add the eggs into the method. This is a typical cookie recipe when the eggs are added after the butter and sugar have been creamed together.

    When in doubt ...always look at the where the ingredient is listed and add it then.

  18. its says 'soda' .that means baking soda,right ?


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