Pennsylvania Dutch Soft Sugar Cookies

“These drop cookies are like little butter cakes. They are soft, rich, and melt in your mouth. There are some preparation and storage hints I would suggest in making these. I also found this dough very soft and sticky, so I added about 1/2 cup extra flour (use your judgement when you make it), then refrigerated it for about an hour. I still found it extremely soft and sticky, so my solution was to keep a glass of warm water next to me while I formed the cookies. I dipped my cookie scoop (which I recommend using) into the water about every 3 cookies to keep the dough from sticking to it, and I found that worked perfectly, giving me evenly shaped cookies that didn't stick to the scoop. If you're using a spoon you might not have as much trouble, but keep the glass of warm water next to you for you spoons and/or fingersjust in case you find it difficult to push the dough from the spoon. I would also suggest storing them, loosely packed, in an airtight container with wax paper between the layers; if they are touching, eventually they will discolor slightly at those spots where they do touch because of the moisture in them. Even if they do discolor slightly, however, they are still delicious! The recipe is from The Beechmont Inn.”

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Preheat oven to 375; line cookie sheets with baking parchment paper for best results, but you can grease or use non-stick spray if necessar-- I use the non-stick spray all the time.
  2. Sift together flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt; set aside.
  3. Cream together sugar and butter.
  4. Add eggs one at a time and beat; then add the vanilla and beat.
  5. Stir the flour mixture, alternating with the buttermilk, into the sugar mixture, stirring until smooth.
  6. Drop by tablespoons or a small scoop (about 1 tablespoon capacity) onto the prepared cookie sheet.
  7. Sprinkle the tops of the cookies with additional granulated sugar (I will flatten the tops just very slightly to hold more sugar) and bake for 7-10 minutes, until just firm.
  8. Wait just a minute and then remove from the cookie sheets and cool on a rack.
  9. *Asa substitute for the buttermilk, add 1 tablespoon vinegar or lemon juice to a measuring cup and add milk to make 1 cup; let stand for 10 minutes before using.

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