Prep 30 mins
Cook 1 hr
This recipe was developed by my 80 year old German grandfather in his days as a chef at a family restaurant. We make these cookies every year as part of our holiday tradition, and usually have many to give away.
- 1 cup whole buttermilk
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 1⁄2 cups sugar
- 1 cup shortening (butter flavored)
- 2 large eggs
- 1⁄2 cup sour cream
- 1⁄2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 4 1⁄2 cups unbleached flour
- Mix together before starting: buttermilk and baking soda. Mixture will foam up, so put it in a medium sized bowl or measuring cup.
- Mix sugar and shortening until fluffy. Add eggs. Then sour cream, nutmeg, and baking powder.
- Alternate buttermilk mixture and flour until well incorporated.
- Refrigerate dough overnight.
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Roll out dough onto a lightly floured surface. Cut shapes into the dough with cookie cutters of your choice.
- Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or silicone lining. Bake cookies for 9 - 10 minutes or until lightly done.
These cookies are delicious. I had a recipe just like this one from a church friend and misplaced it when I moved, so I had been searching for a "replacement" recipe with buttermilk. The only thing I added was 1/2 tsp. lemon extract, as this was in my original recipe. My kids eat 'em up!