Monday, August 22, 2011

Buttermilk Cookies with Buttermilk Frosting


When you think of milk, I bet you don't think of buttermilk!

Most of the time, we wrinkle up our nose and think "gross!"

I actually love cooking with buttermilk.
  • biscuits
  • ice cream
  • cakes
  • dressings
And now, COOKIES!

YEAH!

These cookies are extremely simple, both in preparation and taste.  "It's just a basic cookie!"  (And I love that!)

Buttermilk Cookies with Buttermilk Frosting

1/2 cup butter, softened
cup sugar
1 large egg
2 teaspoons vanilla
2 1/2 cups flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup buttermilk

Buttermilk Frosting

3 tablespoons butter, softened 
3 1/2 cups powdered sugar
1/4 cup buttermilk 
1 teaspoon vanilla

In a small bowl, mix flour, baking soda, and salt.  Set aside.

In a mixing bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy.  Beat in egg and vanilla.

Add the flour mixture and the buttermilk, alternately to the butter mixture.

Drop by rounded tablespoonful onto baking sheets.

Bake at 350 for 9-12 minutes, until edges are slightly browned.  *Do not over-bake, this is strictly my preference!

Allow to cool on wire rack, frost if desired.


For frosting:  combine butter, sugar, buttermilk and vanilla in a mixing bowl; beat until smooth.
Frost cooled cookies.  *I omitted the vanilla in the frosting because I wanted the zingy buttermilk taste.  Do what you like -- they're your cookies!

Sprinkle with chopped nuts or colored sprinkles, if desired.


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