Buttermilk Sugar Cookies

Buttermilk gives these sugar cookies a tart, irresistible flavor.

Yield: Makes about 6 dozen


  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 cups shortening
  • 4 eggs, beaten
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups buttermilk
  • 6 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 16-oz. container butter cream frosting
  • Optional: colored sugar or sprinkles


  1. Blend together sugar, shortening and eggs. Add vanilla and buttermilk.
  2. In a separate bowl, combine flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt; stir into sugar mixture. Add more flour as needed to make a firm dough.
  3. Chill for 2 to 3 hours or overnight.
  4. On a floured surface, roll out dough to a 1/4-inch thickness. Cut out with cookie cutters; place on greased baking sheets.
  5. Bake at 350 degrees for 7 to 8 minutes. Let cool. Frost and decorate as desired.
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