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Two Peas and Their Pod: Recipe for Lemon Buttermilk Cookies

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Recipe for Lemon Buttermilk Cookies

We go through a lot of milk at our house. Josh loves skim milk. He can really down it! We always keep a couple of gallons in our extra refrigerator. Luckily, it has been on sale lately:) I also like to keep buttermilk on hand for baking. I don't go through it as fast though. It seems like I am always hurrying to use it before it expires.

The other day I realized I had a carton of buttermilk that was on the verge of being even
more sour:) So I decided to get out my mixer and whip up some Lemon Buttermilk Cookies. I have never made buttermilk cookies before, I usually make scones, biscuits, etc. I was excited to try a cookie!

The cookies were very soft and tender, more of a cake texture than a cookie. I am glad I added a lot of lemon zest to the dough and glaze. The lemon flavor was quite nice. They reminded me of Giada's
Lemon Ricotta cookies that I have made! If you have made those and loved them, you will love these too! They are both REALLY good! I will be making these again, a sweet way to use up that buttermilk!

Lemon Buttermilk Cookies

Adapted from Gourmet (This is a half batch, it made about 30 cookies)

(Printable Recipe)

For the cookies:

1 ½ cups unbleached all-purpose flour
Zest of two lemons (I added extra, I love lemon)
¼ tsp. baking soda
¼ tsp. salt
6 Tbsp. (3 oz.) unsalted butter, at room temperature
¾ cup granulated sugar
1 large egg
½ tsp. vanilla extract
1/3 cup well-shaken buttermilk

For the glaze:
¾ cup confectioners sugar, sifted
1 ½ Tbsp. well-shaken buttermilk
¼ tsp. vanilla extract

Lemon zest (I added this)

Line 2 large baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone liners. Preheat the oven to 350°F.

In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, zest, baking soda, and salt.

In the bowl of a stand mixer, beat the butter briefly, until creamy. Add the sugar, and beat until pale and fluffy. Add the egg, and beat well to mix. Add the vanilla, and beat briefly again. Mix in the flour mixture and the buttermilk in batches at low speed, beginning and ending with the flour. Scrape down the sides of the bowl with a rubber spatula as needed.

Drop the dough by level tablespoons onto the prepared baking sheets, leaving about 1 ½ inches between each cookie. Bake, 1 sheet at a time, for about 11 minutes per batch. Cool the cookies on the baking sheet for 1 minute; then transfer them to a wire rack.

For the glaze, whisk together the sifted confectioners sugar, buttermilk, and vanilla. I also added in lemon zest. Brush or spoon the glaze onto the warm cookies. Allow cookies to sit on the rack until the glaze is set.

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Blogger The Purple Carrot said...

We go through a lot of milk (mostly making yogurt), and almond milk at our house! And isn't it wonderful when it's on sale??

I've heard you can make buttermilk with the leftover weigh when making greek yogurt but I have never tried ... maybe I should ... because the looks of those lemon buttermilk cookies have got me wanting some! ; )

They sound absolutely delicious!!

5:05 AM  
Blogger LizNoVeggieGirl said...

Soft & tender cookies - the best kind.

5:16 AM  
Blogger Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

What great cookies! I'm addicted to buttermilk and lemon...



5:18 AM  
Blogger Cathy said...

I just bought some buttermilk with no particular purpose in mind; just figured I'd bake some stuff and use it for pancakes and such. I am totally using some of it to make these cookies -- they look delicious!

5:36 AM  
Blogger Live.Love.Eat said...

They look so delicious!!!!! Funny, you had a surplus of buttermilk and I found myself without some. Instead of running to the store I put a lemon juice in milk. Who knew. I will have to try these cuz you know I love Giada's!!!!!!

5:43 AM  
Blogger Donna-FFW said...

Just so happens I have extra buttermilk in the fridge justwaiting on me. Guess what Im up to later. Maria.. these look awesome! Thanks for the idea!

5:50 AM  
Blogger Barbara Bakes said...

I love lemon! I've been wanting to make lemon cookies!

6:21 AM  
Blogger Shari@Whisk: a food blog said...

I love soft cookies, and lemon is one of my favorite flavors. I bet these were good!

6:36 AM  
Blogger Sabrina said...

YUM!! those look amazing!

I got my black and white cups at Target. They come in a dish set, but I think they are being clearanced out... so maybe you can get the set super cheap???

6:40 AM  
Blogger vanillasugarblog said...

oh I was afraid to come over here and see these little gems! I know I would love these as I am a HUGE fan of buttermilk in baked goods.

6:55 AM  
Blogger Maria said...

Lesley-I have never made yogurt, I want to try!


Rosa-I am addicted too:)

Cathy-I hope you try these with your buttermilk!

LiveLoveEat-These are very similar to the ricotta cookies, which we know are so good!

Donna-Let me know if you try these!

Barbara-I love these lemon cookies! They are very light.

Shari-They were good:)

Sabrina-I will have to look for those, thanks for the info. They are too cute!

6:56 AM  
Blogger Maria said...

Dawn-If you love buttermilk in baked goods, you will really love these!

6:57 AM  
Blogger Nancy/n.o.e said...

These cookies look so delicious! I'm a huge fan of buttermilk, and am always glad to see it in a recipe. In my view the expiration date on buttermilk is sort of a guideline; I've never had a problem using slightly expired buttermilk, but then again, I've never had this cookie recipe to use it up with!!

7:14 AM  
Blogger Jenny said...

So Pretty! I can almost taste how good they would be from here! Have a great day!

7:14 AM  
Blogger Kristen616 said...

Oh these look SO good! I've been craving lemon lately, these are so pretty and look delicious!

7:18 AM  
Blogger teresa said...

Oh how delicious! I made your lemon drop cookies not too long ago, which were WONDERFUL, now I'm going to have to try these too!

7:19 AM  
Blogger Peggy said...

Those cookies look amazing! But I'm still wanting to taste those roasted veges with polenta.

7:28 AM  
Blogger stephchows said...

lemon cookies are just so refreshing. It's amazing what a little lemon zest can do to add some punch!

7:34 AM  
Blogger Teanna DiMicco said...

Oh those look so perfect! I love the glaze on top! And you totally sold me... soft and tender! I love cookies with cake textures! I can't wait to make these!

7:45 AM  
Blogger Maria said...

n.o.e-I am weird about things going bad. I always throw things out if they are somewhat questionable:)

Jenny-Thanks! I hope you have a great day too!

Kristen-Make sure you add a lot of extra zest for a strong lemon flavor!

Teresa-I am glad you liked the lemon drop cookies, I love all lemon cookies:)

Peggy-The veggies and polenta are good!

Stephchows-I always add tons of extra zest!

Teanna-The cookies are very soft and the glaze is a nice finish!

7:49 AM  
Blogger Peter M said...

Buttermilk seems to make everything better...and it's good for ya too!

This cookies would be lovely with tea.

7:52 AM  
Blogger A_and_N said...

I've never tried to impart buttermilk flavor into cookies...and most certainly not on a glaze! This is a very interesting recipe and I am quite likely to try this sometime. Thanks for the post :)

8:35 AM  
Blogger La Bella Cooks said...

I always enjoy the tang of lemon glazed cookies. Perfect with a cup of tea! I love that cake stand, now that is darling.

8:40 AM  
Blogger Pam said...

I love lemon cookies - your glaze looks perfect.

8:42 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

OMG these are right up my alley! So glad you commented on my blog about your pink stand (which is beautiful, btw) because I now have a new "must make" cookie. Thanks :)

8:42 AM  
Blogger Maria said...

Bridget and Em-I just got the cake stand, for a good price too! I love finding bargains!

Peter-Will have to make some tea next time around.

A and N-I thought the buttermilk might taste to "sour" for a cookie, but I loved the flavor and texture!

8:45 AM  
Blogger Elyse said...

Ooo, I just have to make these. They look so delicious. I also have some buttermilk on the verge of going "sour," if buttermilk can do so. And I've been looking for the perfect recipe to use it all up. These look like they take the cake, er, cookie. Man, they look soft and delicate and melt-in-your-mouth good! Can't wait to try them!

8:52 AM  
Blogger Katherine Roberts Aucoin said...

No flavor is a warm weather welcomer like lemon. These are tops!

9:32 AM  
Blogger Debbie said...

I have a weakness for cookies of any kind. Those look wondeful. Another cookie to add to my to try pile that is stacking up!!!

9:32 AM  
Blogger Mary Bergfeld said...

I'm adicted to lemon anything. I'm going to love these for sure.

9:35 AM  
Blogger Veron said...

This sounds like a delicious way to use the buttermilk. Yes, I have that problem of some going bad too!

10:02 AM  
Blogger Erica said...

Another fabulous baked good. I really enjoy lemon flavored desserts and know I would enjoy these. I have to make a dessert for the little bbq we may be having this weekend. I will def be searching all of your amazing desserts :)

10:08 AM  
Blogger pinkstripes said...

YUM. Your lemon buttermilk cookies look gorgeous and delicious.

10:18 AM  
Blogger Maria said...

Erica-I am jealous of your warm weather, have fun at your BBQ!

10:22 AM  
Blogger Colleen said...

I love lemon cookies! I always keep my buttermilk a few weeks past the expiration date - it's sour anyway so no need to throw it out!

10:41 AM  
Blogger Reeni said...

I love lemon in sweets. These look divine!

10:43 AM  
Blogger Jodi said...

These look delicious! I buy buttermilk too and then struggle to use it all.

10:50 AM  
Blogger Emily said...

These look delightful! I like that they're cakey.. it seems suiting for this cookie.

Using buttermilk in a cookie is a fabulous idea! I bet they were delicious.

11:05 AM  
Blogger Olivia said...

Aw these look so elegant and pretty. I can imagine these being the perfect cookie for a bridal or baby shower.

11:08 AM  
Blogger Cathy - wheresmydamnanswer said...

I love the idea of buttermilk in a cookie - I bet these are so moist and there would be no way I could eat just one!!

11:23 AM  
Blogger Leslie said...

I too am a HUGE skim milk drinker!
A tip on the buttermilk...they sell dried buttermilk in the baking section. And I have yet to find a difference between it and the liquid type. And it lasts a year if you store it in the fridge.

12:00 PM  
Blogger Cristine said...

YUM! They sound fantastic! I always seem to have extra buttermilk after a biscuits and gravy day... Hmmm... cookies would be a great way to use it up!

12:06 PM  
Blogger PheMom said...

These sure look great! Just thought I would stop by and tell you that the TV thing went well. We didn't get to cover everything we wanted, but it was good and they put a link to the Hive on their site. I've gotten a few emails already! Thanks again so much for all your support!

12:10 PM  
Blogger Culinary Wannabe said...

What a pretty little cake stand! And the cookies look lovely - I'm a fan of a cakey texture.

12:42 PM  
Blogger Flourchild said...

You have made me hungry. I LOVE the looks of these cookies. I have never made lemon cookies but I am now! Thanks for sharing your recipe.

12:44 PM  
Blogger Robin said...

Ooh these are nice cookies. I do love baking with buttermilk and try to remind myself to sub it in when milk is called for. It adds such richness!

1:13 PM  
Blogger Emily said...

Okay, these cookies are light and so good. I like them because they were not heavy feeling.

Oh, I made your coconut oatmeal chocolate chip cookies. They are great, but they are a little too rich for me. Tonight we are going to try your parmesan potato pancake. I am excited. I will tell you how we like them.

2:12 PM  
Blogger Maria said...

Leslie-I didn't know about dried buttermilk, thanks for the great tip!

PheMom-You did awesome today!! Thanks for mentioning The Hive, I hope you are relaxing now!

Robin Sue-I love baking with buttermilk too!

Emily-Sorry the cookies were too rich, we like things rich:) Let me know how the pancake goes! Enjoy!

2:17 PM  
Blogger Jennifer said...

Wow those sound so refreshing!! Yum!! )

2:53 PM  
Blogger Sophie said...

I love a good lemon cookie, I need to try buttermilk in a batch--it's an awesome baking ingredient. My hubby also LOVES milk lol.

3:28 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

I love frosted cookies, especially lemon ones! They look scrumptious!

3:46 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

it's great to have recipes in hand for buttermilk :) lovin these cookies!!

5:28 PM  
Blogger Melissa said...

These sound fabulous! I could go for one right now!

5:40 PM  
Blogger Meg said...

Love the glaze on top of these!

5:51 PM  
Blogger Heather said...

yum!! i love lemon flavors! these look amazing with that icing. and the buttermilk cookies don't sound half bad, either :) i totally want some right now!!

6:21 PM  
Blogger Annie said...

They look amazing and I totally though of Giada's Lemon Ricotta Cookies as soon as I saw them... YUM!

6:34 PM  
Blogger Selba said...

Lemon and buttermilk, that sounds so perfect!

6:56 PM  
Blogger Bunny said...

I bet the buttermilk makes these so good, I'd love theseas I love lemon!

7:08 PM  
Blogger suzi said...

I made them and they were "yummilicious"

10:38 PM  
Blogger Megan said...

A great ecipe for using up that buttermilk. A problem I seem to always have when I buy it. These look as pretty as a springtime blossem! Perfect for a tea party.

7:04 AM  
Blogger grace said...

what delightful cookies!
fact: my uncle (a dairy farmer who often drinks milk straight from the cow) calls skim milk "white water"... :)

7:12 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

I love lemon cookies and your cake stand! So cute!

4:33 PM  
Blogger Jennifer said...

I know exactly what you mean about buttermilk. I have some on its way out right now....can't we buy small ones of low or non-fat?

5:49 PM  
Blogger Katrina said...

I have a similar buttermilk cookie that is just YUM!

8:02 PM  
Blogger Jan said...

We get through an awful lot of milk too. I'm not really a breakfast eater, but I always like a glass of milk, after my morning cuppa tea, of course. Your lemon cookies look great, but I love anything lemony.

9:17 PM  
Blogger Katie @ goodLife {eats} said...

Yum! I love lemon. These sounds really great!

6:40 AM  
Blogger ♥Rosie♥ said...

Oh wow what great cookies,lemon is one of my favorite flavors...

Rosie x

8:01 AM  
Blogger Maria♥ said...

Maria, I adore that pink cake stand!! The Lemon Buttermilk Cookies sound and look divine.


8:38 AM  
Blogger Deborah said...

I love Giada's cookies, so I'm sure I'd love these too!

9:27 AM  
Blogger Elizabeth Rietz said...

WOW, those look amazing! I, too, am always trying to use up my buttermilk. Love those lemon ricotta biscuits from Giada, too. So can't wait to try this!! Glad we connected on Twitter.

12:40 PM  
Blogger Melanie said...

These are so soft and light! I just made a batch and really like them. So glad you added extra lemon because the flavor really isn't too strong still. Thanks for sharing!

1:35 PM  
Blogger Flourchild said...

I made these last night and took them to my class with me..everyone wants the recipe..they are so yummy!

5:19 AM  
Blogger Judy said...

I have made Giada's lemon ricotta cookies, and I know I would love these lemon buttermilk cookies. I don't usually like cake-like cookies, but these are an exception.

4:55 PM  
Blogger Jude said...

Totally the same with buttermilk.. I'm always rushing to use it up, so thanks for this delicious idea :)

10:40 PM  
Blogger Cakelaw said...

These look gorgeous!

1:07 AM  

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