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Amish Buttermilk Cookies

Rediscover an old-fashioned treat with these irresistible Amish buttermilk cookies.

They’re melt-in-your-mouth buttery, and the homemade buttermilk glaze takes them to the next level with its caramel-like flavor.

This recipe has been passed down for generations among the Amish, and you can really taste the love and tradition in every bite. 

My family adores them, and I know yours will, too!

A plate of buttermilk cookies drizzled with buttermilk glaze.
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Why You’ll Love These Amish Buttermilk Cookies

Nostalgic Appeal: This recipe brings a touch of nostalgia to every bite. They’re just like grandma used to make!

Soft and Chewy Texture: These cookies are known for their soft and chewy texture, making them a delightful treat any time of day.

Delicious Gifting Option: Bake a batch of these buttermilk cookies and package them with a bow. Your friends and family will love you!

Ingredients

  • Buttermilk: Adds a subtle tang and helps create an incredibly tender texture. It’s in the glaze, too!
  • All-Purpose Flour: The foundation of the cookie, providing structure and a delicate crumb.
  • Baking Powder and Baking Soda: Leavening powerhouses that work together to create a soft, fluffy cookie.
  • Unsalted Butter: Creamed with a blend of sugars to make a rich, flavorful base for the cookies.
  • Granulated Sugar and Brown Sugar: Granulated sugar gives sweetness and crisp edges, while brown sugar adds moisture and hints of molasses.
  • Large Eggs: Binding agents that hold everything together while adding moisture and richness.
  • Vanilla Extract: Infuses the dough with a warm, comforting aroma and enhances the overall flavor.
  • Salt: A flavor enhancer that balances the sweetness.
  • Powdered Sugar: A key glaze component, offering a smooth, sweet topping that complements the buttermilk tang.
Buttermilk cookies on cooling rack with buttermilk glaze on top.

How to Make Amish Buttermilk Cookies

Biting into one of these cookies is like taking a step back in time to a simpler way of life. 

And since it’s an Amish recipe, you don’t even need a mixer – just a bit of elbow grease.

1. PREP. Preheat the oven and line two baking sheets with parchment paper. 

2. BEAT the butter and sugars, then blend in the eggs, vanilla, and buttermilk. 

3. ADD the dry ingredients and mix by hand to combine. Do not over-mix.

4. DROP spoonfuls of dough on the baking sheet, leaving a 2-inch gap between each cookie.

5. BAKE for 10-12 minutes, then cool on wire racks.

6. MIX the glaze ingredients in a saucepan, stirring well until thick and smooth. Drizzle over the cooled cookies, then enjoy!

I use a mixer to blend the butter and sugars because it’s so much easier than doing it by hand. I won’t tell if you don’t!

Closeup of buttermilk cookies with glaze on a plate.

Tips For the Best Amish Buttermilk Cookies

I love that this recipe doesn’t require any fancy ingredients or equipment – just humble pantry staples like flour, sugar, butter, and buttermilk. 

It’s proof that sometimes the best things in life are the simplest.

That said, I still have a few tips up my sleeve!

  • Soften the butter. Ensure the butter is softened to room temperature for easier creaming with the sugars.
  • Cream well. Beat the butter and sugars until light and fluffy to create a tender texture. This will take a few minutes, so be patient and remember to scrape the bottom and sides of the bowl, as needed.
  • Chill the dough. It’s not vital, but chilling the dough for 30-60 minutes before baking will keep them from spreading too much in the oven.
  • Avoid overbaking. Bake until the edges are very lightly browned. They’re like shortbread – they should be very pale on top. 
  • Cool before glazing. Let the cookies cool completely on wire racks before spreading or drizzling with the glaze. Otherwise, it’ll melt off. 
  • Buttermilk substitutes. If you don’t have buttermilk, you can make a substitute by adding 1 tablespoon of lemon juice or white vinegar to a scant cup of whole milk. Let sit for 5 minutes before using.
  • Variations. Add spices like cinnamon or nutmeg to the dough, sprinkle the tops with cinnamon sugar before baking, or add lemon zest and juice to the glaze instead of buttermilk. 
Amish buttermilk cookies served on a white plate drizzled with buttermilk glaze on top.

How to Store

You can make these ahead and bake them or store the dough for later. And they hold well once baked, too. 

Here’s what you need to know:

To Make Ahead: Prepare the cookie dough and portion it close together on a tray. Then, cover and keep in the fridge for 1-2 days, or freeze until solid and transfer to a freezer bag for up to 3 months.

Bake from frozen, adding a few minutes to the baking time.

To Store: Keep glazed cookies in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days. For longer storage, refrigerate for up to 1 week.

To Freeze: Freeze unglazed, cooled cookies in a single layer on a baking sheet. Once frozen, transfer to an airtight container or ziplock bag, separating layers with parchment paper. Freeze for up to 3 months.

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Note: I don’t recommend freezing glazed cookies as the glaze may split after thawing.

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Amish Buttermilk Cookies

Course: DessertCuisine: American
Servings

36

servings
Prep time

10

minutes
Cooking time

12

minutes
Calories

206

kcal

Rediscover an old classic with these irresistible Amish buttermilk cookies. They’re soft and melt-in-your-mouth buttery, with a sweet and dreamy glaze. 

Ingredients

  • Buttermilk Cookies
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened

  • 1 cup packed brown sugar

  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar

  • 2 large eggs

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

  • 1 cup buttermilk

  • 4 1/2 cups (270 grams) all-purpose flour

  • 2 teaspoons baking powder

  • 1 teaspoon baking soda

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • Buttermilk Glaze
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter

  • 1 cup packed brown sugar

  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

  • 1/4 cup buttermilk

  • 1-2 cups powdered sugar, sifted

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 350°F (175°). Line two baking sheets with parchment paper and set aside.
  • Make the cookies. In a large bowl, beat the butter and sugars with an electric mixer until light and fluffy. Beat in the eggs one at a time, then stir in the vanilla and buttermilk.
  • In a separate bowl, whisk the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Gradually add the dry ingredients to the butter mixture, stirring by hand until just incorporated. Stop mixing when no streaks of flour are visible.
  • Drop 2 tablespoonfuls of dough onto the prepared baking sheets, spacing each cookie about 2 inches apart. Bake for 10-12 minutes until the edges are lightly browned. Let cool on the baking sheets for 10 minutes before transferring to wire racks to cool completely.
  • Make the glaze. Melt the butter and brown sugar in a saucepan over low heat, stirring constantly. Stir in the salt and buttermilk, remove the pot from the heat, then whisk in the powdered sugar, 1/4 cup at a time, until smooth. Add as much as needed to reach the desired consistency.
  • Spread or drizzle the glaze over the cooled cookies and let the glaze set before serving. Enjoy!

Notes

  • Cream well. Beat the butter and sugars until light and fluffy to create a tender texture. This will take a few minutes, so be patient and remember to scrape the bottom and sides of the bowl, as needed.
  • Chill the dough. It’s not vital, but chilling the dough for 30-60 minutes before baking will keep them from spreading too much in the oven.

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Kim - InsanelyGood
Hey there! I'm Kim. I love running, cooking, and curling up with a good book! I share recipes for people who LOVE good food, but want to keep things simple :)

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