Chewy Buttermilk Sugar Cookies

Something I’ve noticed since I started baking/cooking a little more frequently is that the name of something plays a larger role than it really should. For whatever reason, if something’s got an interesting ingredient or sounds impressive, people tend to perceive it differently. Doesn’t make a lick of difference whether or not said ingredient actually has any effect on the finished product, you’re setting yourself up for success when you give something an interesting descriptor.

Almost every restaurant around these parts is guilty of adding arguably meaningless adjectives to menu items. The first item on this dessert menu includes sicilian pistachio gelato.  Does anyone actually care that the pistachios are sicilian?  Most likely not, but I’d be lying if I said that it didn’t pique my interest.

So…what am I getting at? There is so little buttermilk in these buttermilk sugar cookies that it’s almost a lie to call them that. Honestly, I don’t think you can even taste it. However, its inclusion in the recipe makes the name technically correct (Editor’s Note: The best type of correct!), so have at it. Fortunately, they’re all sorts of tasty.


  • 2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 cup butter (room temperature)
  • 1 1/2 cups white sugar
  • 1 egg (room temperature)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 to 4 tablespoons buttermilk
  • 1/2 cup turbinado sugar*

*Fancy way of saying, “raw sugar.”

  1. Put on your favorite Pandora station (preferable something upbeat).
  2. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  3. Whisk together flour, baking soda, and baking powder. Set aside.
  4. Using a stand mixer (a hand mixer can be used…if you’re not into being awesome), cream butter and sugar. Add vanilla and egg and mix until thoroughly combined.
  5. Gradually add flour mixture until just combined.
  6. Soften mixture using buttermilk.
  7. Roll into balls approximately 1.5 inches in diameter and roll in that fancypants sugar. You can flatten ’em slightly if you want, but that’s up to you.
  8. Bake for 8 – 10 minutes. Let stand for approximately 2 minutes before moving to a cooling rack.
  9. Take like a dozen pictures, slap on a couple of filters, and post your favorite on Instagram.


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