Amish Sugar Cookies Recipe
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Amish Sugar Cookies Recipe

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These easy-to-make cookies simply melt in your mouth! I've passed the recipe around to many friends. After I gave the recipe to my sister, she entered the cookies in a local fair and won the "best of show" prize! —Sylvia Ford, Kennett, Missouri
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Bake: 10 min./batch
MAKES:30 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Bake: 10 min./batch
MAKES: 30 servings


  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 4-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon cream of tartar

Nutritional Facts

2 each: 233 calories, 14g fat (5g saturated fat), 31mg cholesterol, 108mg sodium, 25g carbohydrate (11g sugars, 1g fiber), 2g protein.


  1. In a large bowl, beat the butter, oil and sugars. Beat in eggs until well blended. Beat in vanilla. Combine the flour, baking soda and cream of tartar; gradually add to creamed mixture.
  2. Drop by small teaspoonfuls onto ungreased baking sheets. Bake at 375° until lightly browned, 8-10 minutes. Remove to wire racks to cool. Yield: about 5 dozen.

Test Kitchen Tips
  • Salted butter and a splash of extract (try almond!) make these extra flavorful.
  • If you like your treats on the sweeter end of the spectrum, add a pinch of coarse sugar to the tops of these light and airy cookies.
  • Why cream of tartar? Baking soda needs an acidic ingredient to create the gas bubbles that make baked goods rise and lighten. Cream of tartar (aka tartaric acid) provides that in this recipe. Yay, chemistry!
  • Originally published as Amish Sugar Cookies in Country Extra July 1990, p45

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    lynda User ID: 9084879 268230
    Reviewed Jun. 22, 2017

    "I followed this recipe to the letter. they look just like the picture, but they are completely tasteless. ugh"

    Clara User ID: 8992088 267679
    Reviewed Jun. 5, 2017

    "I just made these, fantastic. Even though I used regular sugar, they melt in your mouth. I added salt because I used unsalted butter, great"

    aclark3012 User ID: 4709740 267537
    Reviewed May. 31, 2017

    "These are the most delicious cookies ever--just remember--do not add salt--I have to watch the cooking time more so with these cookies--they crisp up as they cool down--"

    Psalm127-3 User ID: 7749892 267509
    Reviewed May. 30, 2017

    "after reading all the negative reviews (and there are far more positives then negatives) I still don't understand why 2 cups of fat and why cream of tartar&baking soda. what activates the baking soda I wonder."

    cakeansweets User ID: 8461118 267483
    Reviewed May. 30, 2017

    "this is my favorite sugar cookie recipe. its easy and does not have to be rolled out and cut. also needs no frosting. i like using flavored sugars on top before baking. this is a keeper"

    Grandma Bonnie User ID: 902298 267476
    Reviewed May. 30, 2017

    "This is the recipe I always use. I also use it for my snickerdoodles. Everyone loves them."

    bubbamoorea User ID: 8687491 267469
    Reviewed May. 30, 2017

    "I live on the Island of Moorea across the 'sea of moons' from Tahiti. I use Tahitian Vanilla from the Islands of Tahaa and Huahine. I take the beans, split them, and soak in Tahitian Dark Rum for a year. Double dose on these cookies and I can't make them fast enough."

    dutchcook1949 User ID: 1986190 267445
    Reviewed May. 29, 2017

    "I agree that these cookies melt in your mouth. They are the best sugar cookie ever! One thing I have tried is substituting almond extract for the vanilla sometimes. Mmm good! I would imagine that lemon extract would also be good. This is one of my go-to cookie recipes. Thanks for sharing!"

    Carol User ID: 189533 267443
    Reviewed May. 29, 2017

    "These cookies melt in your mouth! I even forgot to add the confectioners sugar and they were great, lol, next time I will make them with it!"

    2124arizona User ID: 845443 265111
    Reviewed Apr. 24, 2017

    "Made these and my son couldn't get enough of them. He took some to school for his teacher and classmates. We will be making plenty of these in the future!!!"

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