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Soft Buttermilk Sugar Cookies

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
    about 2-1/2 dozen


  • 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


  • 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).
  • Combine cinnamon and remaining sugar. Drop dough by tablespoonfuls onto greased baking sheets. Sprinkle with cinnamon-sugar.
  • Bake at 375° for 8-10 minutes or until edges begin to brown. Remove to wire racks. Store in an airtight container.
Nutrition 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.
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  • jmkasprak
    Mar 20, 2019

    These taste like the Cinnamon Jumbos that my granny used to make.

  • tptaylor13
    Jul 20, 2014


  • LoadedCornbread
    Dec 22, 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
    Oct 3, 2013

    easy and super moist

  • katecrid47
    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
    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
    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
    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
    Dec 2, 2009

    Diabetic? With all that sugar?

  • Dottie654
    Oct 13, 2009

    these are great!