Nov 072008
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Rhea: These cookies are a great way to use up buttermilk (see my other post re: Buttermilk in the Breads category). They are soft, cake-like and not too sweet. Although they are better frosted (what isn’t??), I freeze them unfrosted. They can be customized by using sprinkles appropriate for the season – or top with chopped nuts or add chopped nuts to the batter for a completely different taste. They can also be flash frozen – just scoop the dough out on a cookie sheet and freeze. When frozen, put the dough balls in a covered container and return to the freezer. To bake, place the frozen dough on a cookie sheet and bake as directed. You may need to add a minute or two to the baking time. Fresh, hot cookies with no hassle. My kind of deal!!


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Makes 3 dozen

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

3 Tablespoons butter, melted
3-1/2 cups powdered sugar
1/4 cup milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup chopped nuts, optional

In a mixing bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in egg and vanilla. Combine flour, baking powder and salt; add to the creamed mixture alternately with the buttermilk and mix well. Drop by rounded tablespoonfuls 2 inches apart onto greased cookie sheets. Bake at 375° for 10 – 12 minutes or until lightly browned. Remove to wire racks to cool.

For the frosting, combine butter, powdered sugar, milk and vanilla in a mixing bowl; beat until smooth. Frost the cookies, sprinkle with chopped nuts, if desired.

Carol Santee

Carol is the co-author of the Big Book of Freezer Cooking and the author of 30 Day Gourmet’s Slow Cooker Freezer Favorites, Freezer Lunches To Go and Healthy Freezer Cooking eBooks. She is a computer information specialist and works for a computer software company.

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  1. […] Cook of the Month. She suggested that everyone should also try the buttermilk cookie recipe. Click here to view the recipe. Rhea also suggested using this recipe to make Chocolate Chip Cookies. Add 2 […]

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