I made these for the 4th of July, they were good and yesterday I decided to make them again, mostly to use up some remaining buttermilk I had. Again, I followed a recipe that I found here at Allrecipes. The only thing I did different was add one tablespoon fresh lemon juice to the cookie dough when adding the buttermilk. Last time I made them I'd made the icing slightly lemony and we really liked it, so I decided to bump up the lemon a little more. But I must say that these cookies are great without it. I actually kind of like the buttermilk flavor and adding the lemon takes that a way a bit, you just taste more lemon than buttermilk. Still, either way, they are good. These are a soft, cakey cookie. The recipe on Allrecipes has a frosting that you could make and then the cookies are sprinkled with chopped nuts. I have yet to try them that way as I really like this glaze I made and drizzle over the top, then sprinkle them with colorful sprinkles. The kids love them that way, too! We're talking sprinkles here. I wouldn't doubt if sometimes my boys dream about sprinkles. They especially love it when I let them have the sprinkle container and they get to do it themselves. Here is what I used to make the glaze:
2 cups powdered sugar
2 tablespoons softened butter
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon lemon zest
2-3 tablespoons milk (water would work fine)
Mix all together until smooth and drizzles easily from spoon. I put mine in a pastry bag with a small round tip and pipe it onto the cookies. Then sprinkles the cookies with colorful candy sprinkles.
I've been trying to make cookies small and made a few of these to see how they would work really small. I love seeing plates full of lots of little cookies. These worked great and I will make more smaller ones next time. You could color the icing glaze to match different occasions or use sprinkles for specific holidays.