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° for 8-10 minutes or until lightly browned. Remove to wire racks to cool. Yield: about 5 dozen.
Originally published as Amish Sugar Cookies in Country Extra July 1990, p45

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hpaisan User ID: 8868400 257485
Reviewed Nov. 30, 2016

"I made the recipe as instructed except I used a tablespoon portion size and still got just over five dozen cookies! I can't imagine how many cookies I would have gotten if I used a teaspoon as a serving size. The cookies are delicious... Not too sweet, perfect size, simple."

amesjo User ID: 4762670 257203
Reviewed Nov. 24, 2016

"Do NOT alter the recipe!!! If you make the recipe exactly as described, you end up with thick drop butter cookies that have the special unique texture of Pecan Sandies. Do not roll them in sugar, press them flat with a glass, or add extra ingredients or it will ruin the crisp outside/tender inside texture. If you do it exactly as the recipe states, they are the perfect butter cookie. Not too sweet, very mild flavor, and perfect with a cup of coffee. They have that perfect Pecan Sandies texture from the ingredients and drop method.

This is a SIMPLE cookie, and it's perfection. Stop trying to jazz it up into something it's not meant to be. They're perfect as is, and I've eaten four of them already while baking the darn things!"

Susan User ID: 8970101 256919
Reviewed Nov. 17, 2016

"I have had this recipe for several decades and they are excellent. My suggestions are: use corn oil, 1 1/2 t. vanilla and shape them into balls, place on ungreased cookie sheets and flatten with a glass dipped in sugar. I often make them for our church bake sale."

cherylyoung User ID: 5912806 256800
Reviewed Nov. 14, 2016

"This cookie is a melt in your mouth shortbread. I took the suggestion of other ratings to add 1 tsp salt and vanilla. A cookie worth making, I added mocha chips and got lots of compliments."

mem2094 User ID: 6443870 256773
Reviewed Nov. 14, 2016

"These looked good and the texture is very good, crunchy but soft in the middle. Unfortunately that is all that is good about them. They taste so bland! I even doubled the amount of vanilla in them since I read some reviews that said the taste was bland. I was hesitant to make them since I read some bad reviews but when I looked at the number of good reviews that was in the majority. I only made 1/2 a batch so I'm glad I didn't waste too many ingredients. I even used real butter. I'll not make these again and I removed the recipe from my saved recipe box."

Lucy User ID: 8654218 256713
Reviewed Nov. 12, 2016

"Worst cookie I have ever made!! So dry and powdery!! Maybe I could add some liquid but I doubt I will ever make them again. Had to throw them all away because my family hated them too! Should have read the reviews!!!"

diane User ID: 8966911 256712
Reviewed Nov. 12, 2016

"I added cinnamon sugar on top before backing very good 5star"

Colie34 User ID: 8958872 255868
Reviewed Oct. 24, 2016

"I tried this recipe and with a bit of tweaking my family loved it. The texture is fantastic. I made it according to the direction EXCEPT that I added a teaspoon of butter flavoring, an extra teaspoon of vanilla and a teaspoon of salt. That gave it the flavor many seem to think is missing. so with this tweaking I'm giving it 5 stars."

cbilger User ID: 8958573 255818
Reviewed Oct. 23, 2016

"This recipe is simple enough, but these are possibly the best looking, worst tasting cookies I have ever made. They do not deserve to be called "sugar" cookies. They are very bland tasting. As matter of fact, my husband tasted it, and handed it back to me. "These are terrible" was his response. There is not low enough star for me to rate these. : ("

milo9696 User ID: 8138446 255481
Reviewed Oct. 16, 2016

"I would like to make these but wow! Why all the oil? Now could I replace the vegetable oil with coconut oil? I never buy vegetable oil. This recipe seems like so much oil!"

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