Soft Buttermilk Sugar Cookies

Thick, soft, buttermilk sugar cookies are the best cutout cookies. Similar to Lofthouse cookies, these are perfect with a dollop of buttercream frosting. If you love sugar cookies, see all of our recipes here.

Thick, soft, buttermilk sugar cookies are the best cutout cookies. Similar to lofthouse cookies, these are perfect with a dollop of buttercream frosting.

Soft Buttermilk Sugar Cookies

Our first Christmas cookie recipe of the season. And cutout Christmas cookies at that.

*Squee!*

If you love Lofthouse-style sugar cookies, you’ll love these soft, fluffy, buttermilk sugar cookies. I’m not saying they are officially a “copycat” recipe since it has been a few years since I’ve even had a Lofthouse sugar cookie. They used to be my favorite. But when you’re pumpin’ cookies, cakes and breads out of your kitchen weekly, you have to say no to something.

Thick, soft, buttermilk sugar cookies are the best cutout cookies. Similar to lofthouse cookies, these are perfect with a dollop of buttercream frosting.

Lofthouse Cookie Recipe

This is a recipe that I tore out of an old church newsletter over 10 years ago. I’ve made these buttermilk sugar cookies over and over again because they are so simple and I can always guarantee they’ll turn out beautifully.

You do have to plan ahead when working with this sugar cookie dough. The dough needs to sit in your refrigerator overnight. It mixes up quickly and will be sticky. Once it is made, wrap it in plastic wrap, flatten it gently into a disc and refrigerate.

Thick, soft, buttermilk sugar cookies are the best cutout cookies. Similar to lofthouse cookies, these are perfect with a dollop of buttercream frosting.

How to Roll Cookie Dough

Be sure to sprinkle some flour down on your pastry mat (affiliate link). The dough will still be slightly sticky after it chills and you’ll need that flour to keep the dough from sticking. Be sure not to add too much flour. If you do, your cookies will be drier and you want them to be soft and moist! A little bit of flour on the mat and a little bit more sprinkled on top is all you’ll need. If you find your dough sticking too much, you can always add a touch more flour.

Then use your favorite cutters to make shapes. Making cutout cookies always draws my kids to the kitchen. It did when they were little and 12 years later? Still the same. They love cutting out cookies and it’s one of our traditions to kick off the Christmas season.

Thick, soft, buttermilk sugar cookies are the best cutout cookies. Similar to lofthouse cookies, these are perfect with a dollop of buttercream frosting.

Please note that this dough does “poof” and rise a bit while baking so the shapes will change just a bit. Think more rounded edges instead of sharper edges. You can see 3 leaf clover cutouts using this sugar cookie dough recipe here.

Thick, soft, buttermilk sugar cookies are the best cutout cookies. Similar to lofthouse cookies, these are perfect with a dollop of buttercream frosting.

The Best Frosting for Soft Sugar Cookies

Because of the rounded and poofy shape of these cookies, they are not great for royal icing (such as these gender reveal cookies). The royal icing will tend to crack because of the cookie’s softness. But they do pair perfectly with buttercream frosting. You can make our simple vanilla buttercream and color it or use festive sprinkles for any occasion.

I’ve got Thanksgiving and Christmas covered here for ya. 🙂

This is just the start of holiday baking to come!

Thick, soft, buttermilk sugar cookies are the best cutout cookies. Similar to lofthouse cookies, these are perfect with a dollop of buttercream frosting.

OTHER SUGAR COOKIE RECIPES

Thick, soft, buttermilk sugar cookies are the best cutout cookies. Similar to lofthouse cookies, these are perfect with a dollop of buttercream frosting.
Thick, soft, buttermilk sugar cookies are the best cutout cookies. Similar to lofthouse cookies, these are perfect with a dollop of buttercream frosting.

Soft Buttermilk Sugar Cookies

4.75 from 4 votes
Thick, soft, buttermilk sugar cookies are the best cutout cookies. Similar to lofthouse cookies, these are perfect with a dollop of buttercream frosting.
Servings 60
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes

Ingredients
 

  • 1 cup buttermilk divided
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 cup salted butter softened
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 6 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • Frosting and sprinkles optional

Instructions
 

  • Combine ½ cup buttermilk and baking soda in a small bowl. Set aside until step 5.
  • In a stand mixer, cream together the butter and sugar.
  • Add eggs, salt, vanilla and ½ cup buttermilk. Mix well.
  • Add 3 cups of flour and the baking powder. Blend until combined.
  • Add the buttermilk/baking soda mixture and the last 3 cups of flour. Mix until the flour is completely incorporated.
  • Wrap the cookie dough in plastic wrap and gently press it into a disc. Be sure it is wrapped tightly and refrigerate the dough overnight.
  • When you're ready to roll out the dough, preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  • Sprinkle a pastry mat with flour. Divide the dough in half and roll out one-half of the dough, sprinkling flour on top of the dough as needed.
  • Cut out the dough in the shapes you'd like. Place the cookies on a nonstick baking mat.
  • Bake the cookies at 350 degrees for 9-10 minutes, removing them before they are browned.
  • Repeat with remaining dough, rerolling as needed.
  • Allow the cookies to cool, the frost them with buttercream frosting and sprinkles, if desired.
  • Store in an airtight container.

Notes

*I haven't had much success with freezing this cookie dough, but the cookies do freeze well after they are baked. Wrap the cookies tightly (preferably before frosting). When defrosting the cookies, allow them to come completely to room temperature before taking the cookies out of the packaging.

Nutrition

Calories: 152kcal | Carbohydrates: 24g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 17mg | Sodium: 93mg | Potassium: 47mg | Sugar: 14g | Vitamin A: 115IU | Calcium: 18mg | Iron: 0.7mg
Author Julie Clark
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Calories 152
Keyword buttermilk cookies, cake cookies, cutout cookies, soft sugar cookies

Thick, soft, buttermilk sugar cookies are the best cutout cookies. Similar to lofthouse cookies, these are perfect with a dollop of buttercream frosting.

Thick, soft, buttermilk sugar cookies are the best cutout cookies. Similar to lofthouse cookies, these are perfect with a dollop of buttercream frosting.

About Julie Clark

I'm Julie Clark, CEO and recipe developer of Tastes of Lizzy T. With my B.A. in Education and over 30 years of cooking and baking, I want to teach YOU the best of our family recipes.

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Sol
6 years ago

This so Christmasy! If there’s really such a term. 😉 I think my daughter and I has something to be looking forward to do this coming holiday season.

Kristen @ A Mind Full Mom
6 years ago

Buttermilk may just be genius–these look fabulous!

nicole @ I am a Honey Bee
6 years ago

These would get me in trouble. I love Lofthouse cookies! These looks amazing.

DaNae
6 years ago

Pure perfection. I know what I’m making for Vday.

Christie George
6 years ago

Sugar cookies are our favorite! Love ALL the frosting on these!

Al
6 years ago

I ran out of white flour and had to use 2 1/2 cups of whole wheat , will this ruin the cookies?

monika
5 years ago

how long do they keep for?

Bradley
5 years ago

Roughly what thickness are you rolling the dough out to?

Janis
5 years ago

How much total buttermilk?….1/2+1/2+”remaining”, Im confused, …thanks, want to make these! ,

Elisabeth
4 years ago

Is the buttermilk you use powder or liquid? I have made them both ways but usually the recipe specifies which kind. Thank you

Phillis
2 years ago

Since these cookies tend to “poof up” how thick should the rolled out cookies be?

Lisa
1 year ago

Is it baking powder or baking soda?