Soft Buttermilk Sugar Cookies Recipe
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Soft Buttermilk Sugar Cookies Recipe

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Gatherings are very important to my family, so we have lots of recipes that are favorites. My grandma introduced these cookies into the family a long time ago. The memory of her and these cookies go together!
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 10 min./batch
MAKES:33 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 10 min./batch
MAKES: 33 servings


  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 1-1/4 cups sugar, divided
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 90 calories, 3g fat (1g saturated fat), 13mg cholesterol, 123mg sodium, 14g carbohydrate (8g sugars, 0 fiber), 1g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1 starch.


  1. In a large bowl, cream shortening and 1 cup sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs and vanilla. Combine the flour, baking powder, salt and baking soda; add to creamed mixture alternately with buttermilk, beating well after each addition (batter will be moist).
  2. Combine cinnamon and remaining sugar. Drop dough by tablespoonfuls onto greased baking sheets. Sprinkle with cinnamon-sugar.
  3. Bake at 375° for 8-10 minutes or until edges begin to brown. Remove to wire racks. Store in an airtight container. Yield: about 2-1/2 dozen.
Originally published as Soft Buttermilk Sugar Cookies in Reminisce Extra July 2008, p53

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tptaylor13 User ID: 2912473 156286
Reviewed Jul. 20, 2014


LoadedCornbread User ID: 7321510 156284
Reviewed Dec. 22, 2013 Edited Dec. 30, 2013

"Not a bad recipe, buttermilk added a tang. However, need a ton of sugar/cinnamon. Instead I used a burned butter frosting, giving it a nutty flavor. Would not make this cookie without some kind of frosting to give the cookies a needed "zip"."

awedacity User ID: 6851859 156282
Reviewed Oct. 3, 2013

"easy and super moist"

katecrid47 User ID: 7098019 99560
Reviewed Jul. 15, 2013

"These cookies were easy to make and very tasty. We omitted the ground cinnamon sugar but drizzled icing on top after they were baked. They were chewy and soft. Very good!"

peggyl2010 User ID: 5465368 209200
Reviewed Nov. 12, 2010

"I made this recipe and took the cookies to work. Everyone liked them as much as I do. I will definitely make them again."

ValerieMS User ID: 4364700 154879
Reviewed Oct. 26, 2010

"I have been trying new recipes recently due to my husband's diagnosis of diabetes. This recipe was enjoyed by the entire family and is one I will use again. We especially liked the unusual light, soft texture."

SherryHughes User ID: 4200936 154872
Reviewed Jan. 30, 2010

"These cookies are very good. I substituted Splenda for the sugar, but this recipe makes so many cookies that sugar shouldn't be an issue unless you eat tons of the cookies at once or you carbs are not controlled."

cdoty User ID: 921181 209199
Reviewed Dec. 2, 2009

"Diabetic? With all that sugar?"

Dottie654 User ID: 3628981 99558
Reviewed Oct. 13, 2009

"these are great!"

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