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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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!"

Memerebingo1 User ID: 8935116 254269
Reviewed Sep. 18, 2016


ubu User ID: 1583162 253409
Reviewed Aug. 30, 2016

"I can't imagine someone not giving these cookies 5 stars. It is my go-to recipe for any occasion, potluck, Christmas cookie platter, housewarming gift, etc. I add the zest of a couple of oranges and some orange sugar crystals on the top. Love how they melt in your mouth."

MY REVIEW User ID: 4762174 252837
Reviewed Aug. 17, 2016 Edited Aug. 25, 2016

"Delicious! Lightly sweet, melts in your mouth - my son said they tasted like Christmas!!!"

snuffsmom User ID: 2356723 251731
Reviewed Jul. 22, 2016

"I read several of the reviews, both good and bad. I decided to try it because I thought it would be easy for my Cloverbud granddaughter to take to the Fair. It said it won best of show at a local fair. In all of my 50 plus years of baking cookies, this was the worst one I have ever made. I followed the recipe exactly and it is dry with a somewhat oily taste. Worst sugar cookie I ever had. Won't be making it again."

scottplater User ID: 7901413 250441
Reviewed Jul. 14, 2016

"Cannot keep them around. Roommate is addicted to them. Glad they are easy to make."

GmomEllen User ID: 3246559 250367
Reviewed Jul. 12, 2016

"Now one of our favorite cookies. I make exactly as recipe states ... then cut dough in half adding about a cup of chips to one half and rolling teaspoons of dough in cinnamon/sugar with other half. I like using 2 regular teaspoons to drop dough. That makes about 120 small cookies. The raw dropped cookie has an odd shape but baked come out perfectly round. Also the crispness is determined by how long I leave in oven - not too brown but comes out crunchy - not burnt. Thanks for a recipe my chocolate-chip eating husband loves better than Nestled chocolate chip cookies! These are so easy to make. Oh, when measuring dry ingredients, I measure extra into a container for the next time I make them."

SebEmma User ID: 8679853 250198
Reviewed Jul. 8, 2016

"Based in all of the wonderful reviews, we were excited to give this recipe a try, as we really like sugar cookies. The texture of the cookie is ideal, but unfortunately the flavor lacked taste for us. Maybe trying some of the the other suggestions of manipulating the recipe with other extracts might help. We are willing to give it another try and see if that helps."

Delilah62 User ID: 8564629 250119
Reviewed Jul. 5, 2016

"Does anybody have any tips? When I made mine I tasted the dough, and it didn't taste sweet. It tasted kinda salty. So I thought it was maybe because I used salted butter? I added some more sugar, and a little milk. (because the dough was to thick) Anyways, I dropped them with a spoon, and added sugar on the tops before baking. They tasted excellent, but they were not fluffy, and light they were flat, and crispy. What did I do wrong?"

coconutpatty User ID: 3240781 249950
Reviewed Jun. 30, 2016

"I took these to church and they were a big hit with kids and adults alike. One child said it was "the best sugar cookie I've ever had!" I was also asked for the recipe. It does make a huge batch. They remind me of a Christmas cookie minus the decorating. Nice buttery flavor. I underbaked mine by 2-3 minutes, but otherwise followed the recipe."

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