To say that these delicious Buttermilk Pancake Inspired cookies were simply inspired by pancakes would not be doing them justice.
They weren’t only inspired by pancakes, they were born from a much deeper love that I have for buttermilk pancakes. You see, for as long as I can remember, my choice of a fun brunch out was pancakes. But not just any pancakes… Pancakes filled with butter and syrup. Pancakes that have slightly brown edges and a super light and fluffy inside. To enjoy a good buttermilk pancake is to basically taste heaven on earth…. and in this case taste it through cookies.
I am so excited for you to taste these heavenly cookies and to live out your innrer pancake lover.
Why am I using only the egg yolks & not the whites?
We want these cookies to be super rich and decadent, and soft in the middle! This is achieved by adding more fat (aka just the yolks) to the cookie dough rather than the full egg. Unfortunately for this recipe specifically, we won’t be saving the whites to use for later. However, I love this article from Epicurious for ideas on how to use those leftover egg whites if you don’t want to just discard them.
Do I need to refrigerate the dough?
You actually don’t! Not for this recipe, at least. 🙂 For almost ALL of my other cookie recipes I will pretty much demand that you refrigerate the dough. For this recipe, though, we don’t need to. There is a ton of flavor already mixed into the batter, and because it’s a thicker dough with only baking poweder and no baking soda, there isn’t a concern with the cookies becoming too fat. TLDR; no need to refrigerate the cookie dough.
However, if you do want to make the dough and can’t bake it until later, you can totally refrigerate it. Just make sure to let it come to room temperature first before baking.
When can I frost the cookies after baking?
When they are fully cooled, no exceptions. This one is super important! If you try to frost cookies that are even slightly warm, the buttercream will simply melt off and it’ll just be a mess…. plain & simple. Just give them the time to cool, promise it’s worth it!
Do I need to press the cookies down at all onto the baking sheet?
Nope! No need… unless you want a slightly flatter cookie. All up to your own personal preference.