Welcome to Lancaster county, we love to bake here!
There is something about making cookies with kids that feels like it should be a Hallmark moment every time. Sadly that doesn't always happen, there are times when mom just needs to get the job done, alone. But most times cookie making is a fun event in this house, especially if it's frosted buttermilk cookies!
Sometimes we dye the frosting, which requires a little more work in cleaning up mulitple bowls and spatulas with food coloring on them. Thankfully sprinkles are really fun and look great on white frosting.
The cookies obviously call for buttermilk. Instead of a cup of buttermilk I've always used a cup of milk with a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar put in it. Let that set and thicken the milk, before using it.
I don't think I've ever bought buttermilk. I'd like to actually try this recipie with "real" buttermilk to see if it'd taste different than it does with the soured milk. Maybe I'll have to do that sometime soon.
But it's not just the cookie, then there is the frosting. Oh yum. It's so delicious and easy! Why don't you just go ahead and try it for yourself? Enjoy!
First make your sour milk (see note above in post) and set aside. Then mix the following 3 things well:
- 2 eggs
- 2 cups sugar
- 1 cup butter
NEXT add the remaining ingredients:
- 1 cup buttermilk/sour milk
- 4.5 cups flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
MIX WELL and Chill dough (about an hour in the fridge). Then drop onto ungreased cookie sheet. Bake at 350 degrees for 10-12 minutes or until the edges are golden brown.
- half cup softened butter
- 2-3 cups confectioners sugar (10X or powdered sugar)
- half teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2-3 tablespoons of milk, more maybe needed
Combine frosting ingredients and add enough milk to get a smooth icing.
Sprinkles need to be put on the frosting rather quickly because once the frosting dries the sprinkles just fall off. At our house I usually frost the cookies and the kids take turns sprinkling as soon as I set the cookie down. It always looks like a party when we are done!