Buttermilk Christmas Cookies

READY IN: 1hr 30mins
Recipe by Juneaux

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.

Top Review by lambypie23

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!

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Mix together before starting: buttermilk and baking soda. Mixture will foam up, so put it in a medium sized bowl or measuring cup.
  2. Mix sugar and shortening until fluffy. Add eggs. Then sour cream, nutmeg, and baking powder.
  3. Alternate buttermilk mixture and flour until well incorporated.
  4. Refrigerate dough overnight.
  5. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  6. Roll out dough onto a lightly floured surface. Cut shapes into the dough with cookie cutters of your choice.
  7. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or silicone lining. Bake cookies for 9 - 10 minutes or until lightly done.

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