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Theirs vs. Mine: Buttermilk Cookies

The January issue of Gourmet magazine has been sitting on my counter for weeks. More accurately, the recipe for buttermilk cookies has been on my counter for weeks. They just looked so simple and charming, I knew I'd have to make them some day. Well, thankfully that day finally arrived. The cookies, which are inspired by Edna Lewis, have a slight lemon taste to them and are coated with a simple vanilla glaze. When I made my batch, I coated some in vanilla glaze and some in chocolate. These cookies were spongy and delicious, and they're definitely working their way into my regular cookie repertoire. To check out the recipe for yourself,

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Buttermilk Cookies
From Gourmet, January 2008

3 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon grated lemon zest
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 sticks unsalted butter, softened
1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
2/3 cup well-shaken buttermilk

For Glaze
1 1/2 cups confectioners sugar
3 tablespoons well-shaken buttermilk
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F with rack in middle. Butter 2 large baking sheets.
  2. Whisk together flour, zest, baking soda, and salt.
  3. Beat together butter and sugar in a large bowl with an electric mixer until pale and fluffy. Add eggs 1 at a time, beating well after each addition, then beat in vanilla. Mix in flour mixture and buttermilk alternately in batches at low speed, beginning and ending with flour mixture, until smooth.
  4. Drop level tablespoons of dough about 1 1/2 inches apart onto baking sheets. Bake, 1 sheet at a time, until cookies are puffed and edges are golden, 12 to 15 minutes per batch. Cool cookies on sheets 1 minute, then transfer cookies to racks.
  5. Whisk together all glaze ingredients and brush onto tops of warm cookies. [Note, you should sift the confectioners sugar first.]
  6. Let stand until cookies are completely cooled and glaze is set.

Note: After I glazed 2/3 of the cookies with the vanilla glaze, I whisked cocoa powder in to the glaze (you can do this to taste) and used that on the rest of the cookies.


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Sweets-By-Sarah Sweets-By-Sarah 8 years
I made these a few weeks ago and blogged about them as well. I thought they were awesome and everyone who tried them dubbed them as the bset cookies I had made to date. I definite keeper! I will have to try them with the chocolate glaze next time.
Food Food 8 years
snopearl you're right, they were very similar to black & white cookies that I've made before. good call!
snopearl69 snopearl69 8 years
Here's the recipe, which is actually also from Gourmet haha... looks like someone is recycling a recipe for their magazine... http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/106171
snopearl69 snopearl69 8 years
Here's the recipe, which is actually also from Gourmet haha... looks like someone is recycling a recipe for their magazine...http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/106171
snopearl69 snopearl69 8 years
Actually I think this is the same base cookie that is used for those NYC black and white cookies, except for those you turn them upside down so you frost the flat side. I've made them and they are delicious!
x_juicyfruit x_juicyfruit 8 years
These look delicious! Yours look better, I think.
Angelica Angelica 8 years
You definitely <i>told</i> them!
Angelica Angelica 8 years
You definitely told them!
celebrity_soup celebrity_soup 8 years
loooks great
celebrity_soup celebrity_soup 8 years
loooks great
emlod10 emlod10 8 years
i LOVED this issue of Gourmet!! great recipies and well written/inspiring story about Edna Lewis :)
DreaAST DreaAST 8 years
yummmm.....I love baked goods of all sorts!
carlabunnie carlabunnie 8 years
omg I so want some cookies right now! they look so good!
nancita nancita 8 years
Those do look fluffy and delicious! Almost more like cake. The photos are so stunning, I want to eat some right now even though I'm not a huge buttermilk fan.
happychica happychica 8 years
My husband bought this magazine back in December, and we have made no less than 10 batches of these since. They are absolutely delicious and are now my favorite cookie. We leave the lemon zest out, though, since I don't really care for lemon.
LaLaLaurie06 LaLaLaurie06 8 years
those look delectable!
LaLaLaurie06 LaLaLaurie06 8 years
those look delectable!
Leilanic1 Leilanic1 8 years
I think I need to make these this weekend.
SugarCat SugarCat 8 years
Sound so good!
SugarCat SugarCat 8 years
Sound so good!
CoconutPie CoconutPie 8 years
They remind me of when I was a kid (having a nostalgic moment!).
glam-sugar glam-sugar 8 years
I may have to try making those, they look amazing!
aimeeb aimeeb 8 years
Mmmmmm. :feedme:
aimeeb aimeeb 8 years
Mmmmmm. :feedme:
marinewifey marinewifey 8 years
Looks delicious. I think I might try these.
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