Looking at these cookies you wouldn't be able to tell what holiday we were celebrating. That's what happens when you make sugar cookies in August! This is my mom's recipe and they are amazing. This is a fluffy cakey cookie that loves frosting. I love sugar cookies that have some thickness to them.
1 cup margarine
2 cups sugar
1 tsp vanilla
3/4 cup buttermilk*
5 cups flour
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
Beat margarine, sugar, eggs, and vanilla together until smooth. Gradually add the buttermilk*. Add dry ingredients. Mix. This is a sticky dough when warm, so don't be alarmed if it's not your typical chocolate chip cookie dough. You could add another 1/2 cup flour if you want.
Place dough in fridge for at least 1 hour. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Roll out on well-floured surface and cut with cookie cutters. If you don't use enough flour, there is no getting it off the counter in a recognizable shape - just too sticky. The dough won't be workable it if gets warm, so keep the extra dough in the fridge when not in use.
Place cut out dough onto greased pan and bake for 8-10 minutes. The cookies should not look brown or golden at all. Carefully transfer to cooling rack.
*Buttermilk can be substituted: 3/4 cup milk + 1 tsp vinegar and let sit for 5 minutes before use