Afternoon Drive Munchies: Buttermilk Cookies

No matter how hard I try, I always end up with more buttermilk than I’ll ever need. I could buy the smallest container ever, and I’d still have leftover buttermilk. This is a problem because I don’t bake or cook a lot of dishes with buttermilk. Not wanting the buttermilk to go bad, I did a quick search on Epicurious and found these buttermilk cookies.

The cookies themselves were pretty much your simple cakey kind of sugar cookie. However, it was the buttermilk glaze that really gave the cookies a nice tangy flavor.

After last week’s red velvet cupcakes, I was left with no confectioner’s sugar and too much cream cheese frosting. So, this week, I substituted ground up granulated sugar to make a half batch of glaze. My plan is to send the glazed half of the cookies to the Afternoon Drive Crew and to send the other unglazed half to my sister (Codename: Surfer Psychologist) who prefers plain sugar cookies.

40 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Three-Cookies
    Sep 20, 2011 @ 08:35:11

    Nice to have a diversified client base with complementary preferences – one with glaze, one without:)

  2. Cher
    Sep 20, 2011 @ 08:39:41

    Funny thing about finding ways to use up that buttermilk…
    These cookies look like a great option.

  3. Food,Photography & France
    Sep 20, 2011 @ 08:41:48

    You are a biscuit genius – delicious. You’ve made them look great.

  4. Kelly
    Sep 20, 2011 @ 08:50:59

    Oh, these buttermilk biscuits look *so* delightful – I just love the glaze. Perfect size too!

  5. kitchenbelleicious
    Sep 20, 2011 @ 08:57:21

    YUM~! I mean WOW! They look so great and a fun and different alternative to regular cookies. I am thinking I need to make them like today perhaps. I can’t say no to a cookie

  6. JamieAnne
    Sep 20, 2011 @ 08:59:05

    These look lovely! I also struggle with using up leftover buttermilk. 🙂 In fact I have some in my fridge right now.

  7. Rufus' Food and Spirits Guide
    Sep 20, 2011 @ 09:01:45

    Those look really, really tasty. I love buttermilk.

  8. Eileen
    Sep 20, 2011 @ 09:12:25

    My leftover buttermilk always ends up going bad. This looks like a great use for it! Go on, give me another excuse to bake cookies. lol

  9. mary
    Sep 20, 2011 @ 10:08:27

    Lovely idea to end up with a cakey cookie! they look delicious 🙂

  10. Ronda
    Sep 20, 2011 @ 10:15:26

    Those look yum!

  11. sara
    Sep 20, 2011 @ 10:33:09

    I so know what you mean about buttermilk!! My mom just drinks it out of the carton, but I can’t stand to do that. 🙂 These cookies sound like a perfect solution! 🙂

  12. Peggy
    Sep 20, 2011 @ 10:38:31

    This buttermilk glaze sounds incredible!

  13. Liz
    Sep 20, 2011 @ 13:42:34

    Perfect timing! I have most of a quart of buttermilk in the fridge…I usually end up tossing it well beyond its expiration date. These look like yummy cookies the whole family would enjoy!

  14. Anita Menon
    Sep 20, 2011 @ 14:03:57

    those cookies look so cute. A great way to use up buttermilk.
    ( Honestly, I would have used it up by sipping it bit by bit or flavouring buttermilk with some curry leaves, salt and little lemon. I love buttermilk)

  15. Caroline
    Sep 20, 2011 @ 14:07:52

    Why is that? I almost always have leftover buttermilk, whipping cream or half & half and never use it up by the time it goes bad. Making these cookies sure solves the problem…they look delicious!

  16. Life is Full
    Sep 20, 2011 @ 15:07:49

    These are perfect afternoon munchies! I never buy buttermilk to avoid the leftover scenario. You can make it with whole milk and lemon juice.

  17. TrafficDiva
    Sep 20, 2011 @ 15:34:00

    Yummy is on her way to our wacky traffic departemant. And before she gets here with them, I am making a vow to myself that I will NOT inhale these DELICIOUS looking cookies. I promise to share every last one with all of my co-workers.

    Only one problem. I still have leftover frosting from last week’s cupcakes in my fridge. Once I get home with these cookies….ALL BETS ARE OFF!! =)
    Thanks Again Yummy….YOU’RE Afternoon Drive Treats are THE BEST!

  18. TrafficDiva
    Sep 20, 2011 @ 15:35:15

    Opps…that should be “YOUR” Afternoon drive treats are the BEST!

  19. TrafficDiva
    Sep 20, 2011 @ 15:35:53


  20. Reem | Simply Reem
    Sep 20, 2011 @ 16:11:28

    These buttermilk munchies looks perfect…
    i love the galze Yummm…

  21. muppy
    Sep 20, 2011 @ 16:15:49

    i always seem to end up with leftover buttermilk too, in fact i have some in my fridge now. I’ll probably make a batch of scones and freeze them for snacks.

  22. Miriam Barton
    Sep 20, 2011 @ 21:34:10

    Those cookies look marvelous! Well done :), Miriam@Meatless Meals For Meat Eaters

  23. Elaine
    Sep 20, 2011 @ 22:19:09

    Oh, my. Those look wonderful. I have the same problem with buttermilk, so that’s why I make what I need for a recipe using vinegar. I don’t notice a taste difference at all.

  24. cooking varieties
    Sep 20, 2011 @ 22:22:37

    hi yummy chunklet, the cookies looks very crunchy and fresh. must be even tastier with the buttermilk. would be great if i know how to bake this..
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  25. JasmyneTea
    Sep 21, 2011 @ 06:32:18

    I’m the opposite, I don’t think I bought buttermilk at all in the last year, but your cookies look SO good!

  26. peachkins
    Sep 21, 2011 @ 07:47:31

    these cookies are pretty! My problem is that I can’t find buttermilk here…

  27. spicegirlfla
    Sep 21, 2011 @ 10:01:40

    Here’s a tip for you, I freeze my buttermilk in 1/4 cups! These look so tender and delicious! Love the drippy frosting.

  28. saffronandhoney
    Sep 21, 2011 @ 10:29:55

    So sweet (literally and figuratively!)

    I love the idea of using buttermilk for frosting. I had a buttermilk sorbet the other day and it just played off of the sweetness of the dessert really well.

  29. ambrosiana
    Sep 21, 2011 @ 12:45:02

    You have a surplus of buttermilk, I have NADA!!. I miss buttermilk!! Those cookies make my mouth water!!!

  30. Geni - Sweet and Crumby
    Sep 21, 2011 @ 15:45:31

    I have never heard of a buttermilk glaze on cookies, but I can’t think of one good reason why not. It looks and sounds wonderfully tangy and sweet. YUM!

  31. Andrea
    Sep 21, 2011 @ 17:34:00

    Those cookies look so good! Please send some over with a glass of milk!

  32. Beth
    Sep 22, 2011 @ 08:22:03

    You’ve just reminded me of a recipe for lemon buttermilk cookies that look very similar to these. They were terrific – I’ll have to pull out that recipe again!

  33. oneexpatslife
    Sep 22, 2011 @ 09:37:07

    I have the same problem, they really need to start selling buttermilk in smaller containers! My solution is usually pancakes, but these cookies look pretty darn tasty as well.

  34. Ameena
    Sep 22, 2011 @ 11:11:32

    The truth is that in my 35 years of life I’ve never bought buttermilk. I’ve never had a reason to! But honestly, these cookies may just get me to take the plunge. They look delicious!

  35. Kathy
    Sep 22, 2011 @ 16:12:13

    These look wonderfully delicious! I love the tang that buttermilk adds to baked goods. Yum!

  36. Vianney Rodriguez (@sweetlifebake)
    Sep 22, 2011 @ 16:39:03

    i love these!! I always have leftover buttermilk, in fact there is have a carton in my fridge right now..hmmm these might show up after dinner tonight!! yummy!!

  37. Cakelaw
    Sep 22, 2011 @ 17:37:32

    These sound delish. I have the same buttermilk problem, so to avoid it, I always just sub in 1 cup milk + 1 tablespoon lemon juice mixed together and allowed to stand for 5 minutes (per cup buttermilk). It sounds weird, but it works.

  38. kitchen flavours
    Sep 22, 2011 @ 17:59:22

    Buttermilk is a little bit on the pricey side over here, so I always sub with 2/3 cup homemade yoghurt with 1/3 cup milk, it works everytime! Or you can freeze any leftover buttermilk in the freezer, simply thaw and beat till it is nicely combined.

  39. Grumpy Grateful Mom
    Sep 24, 2011 @ 09:10:56

    These look so yummy! I have left over buttermilk a lot too, but I always like to have it on hand. It’s a conundrum. Next time I’ll have to make cookies. 🙂

  40. Tiffany
    Sep 27, 2011 @ 06:54:41

    These look wonderful! It make me have the munchies already!

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