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Buttermilk Chocolate Chip Cookies

by Kristen

The classic Amish Buttermilk Cookie recipe inspired this Buttermilk Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe. Your family will love this cakey soft texture and the tangy taste of buttermilk in this cookie.  

Prep time: 15 minutes

Cook time: 12 minutes

Total time: 30 minutes

Buttermilk cookies became popular in the 1800s when buttermilk was a common ingredient in American households.  Buttermilk is a fermented milk product that is slightly acidic, and this acidity helps to tenderize the dough. These cookies have a somewhat tangy flavor.   If you have some buttermilk from another recipe in your fridge, I recommend making these cookies!

Why do we add buttermilk to baked goods?

  • Tenderness: The acidity in buttermilk helps break down gluten, a protein in wheat flour. This results in a more tender baked good.
  • Flavor: Buttermilk has a slightly sour flavor that can add depth and complexity to baked goods.
  • Moisture: Buttermilk is slightly more moist than regular milk. This can help keep baked goods moist and prevent drying out.
  • Leavening: The acidity in buttermilk can react with baking soda to create carbon dioxide gas, which helps to leaven baked goods. This results in a lighter and more airy texture.


2 cups of all-purpose flour

One teaspoon of baking powder

½ teaspoon of baking soda

½ teaspoon of salt

½ cup of softened butter

1 cup of brown sugar

Two eggs

One teaspoon of vanilla extract

½ cup of buttermilk

1 cup of semi-sweet chocolate chips

Note: This recipe can also use chocolate chunks, white chocolate, and dark chocolate chips.  Nuts such as walnuts, cashews, peanuts, or pecans taste delicious in this cookie recipe.


Whisk or an electric mixer

Large Bowl or medium bowl

Wire Rack for cooling

cookie sheet or sheet pan lined with parchment paper


  1. Preheat oven to 350
  2. Add dry ingredients into a mixing bowl: flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.  Set aside.
  3. In a second bowl, cream softened butter, brown sugar, eggs, vanilla, and buttermilk.
  4. Add the flour mixture to the wet ingredients to form a dough.

  1. Fold in chocolate chips.
  2. Using a cookie scoop, drop 1-inch balls of cookie dough onto a lined baking sheet at least 1 inch apart.
  3. Bake for 10-12 minutes.
  4. Remove from oven and let cool for 5 minutes before transferring the cookies to a cooling rack.

3 from 1 vote

Buttermilk Chocolate Chip Cookies

Servings 20 cookies


  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup softened butter
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips


  1. Preheat oven to 350

  2. Add dry ingredients into a mixing bowl: flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.  Set aside.

  3. In a second bowl, cream softened butter, brown sugar, eggs, vanilla, and buttermilk.

  4. Add the flour mixture to the wet ingredients to form a dough.

  5. Fold in chocolate chips.

  6. Using a cookie scoop, drop 1-inch balls of cookie dough onto a lined baking sheet at least 1 inch apart.  

  7. Bake for 10-12 minutes.

  8. Remove from oven and let cool for 5 minutes before transferring the cookies to a cooling rack.  

Here are some of the benefits of buttermilk:

  • Improves gut health: Buttermilk is a good source of probiotics, which are beneficial bacteria for the gut. Probiotics can help improve digestion, boost the immune system, and reduce the risk of chronic diseases.
  • Provides protein and calcium: Buttermilk is a good source of protein and calcium. Protein is essential for building and repairing muscle tissue, while calcium is important for strong bones and teeth.

Recipe tips:

1. For crispier cookies, bake 1-2 minutes longer

2. For chewier cookies, refrigerate the cookie dough for 30 minutes before baking

3. You can get creative with the add-ins.  You can add different chocolate, chips, nuts, or dried fruit.

4. Wait until the cookies cool on the baking sheet for at least 10 minutes before moving to the cooling rack.


Did you make these mouthwateringly delicious buttermilk chocolate chip cookies?  I would love to hear how they turned out for you!  Please comment below this blog post or tag me on social media and tell me how you liked them!  You can find me on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Pinterest.



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Colleen September 25, 2023 - 3:48 pm

3 stars
Very tasty, but did not turn out looking like the ones in the pictures. Mine did not hold their shape, had a “wet look” to them, and had a spongy texture. I added walnuts for an extra crunch. Good for having at home, but not something I would give out as a gift.

Dill September 12, 2023 - 12:43 am

Very tasty. However, I made a half recipe, and ended up with 24 cookies. The dough before baking was actually a little larger than a 1 inch ball. I also added about 1/4 cup of chopped pecans. I love buttermilk recipes.


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