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.

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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    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!!!"

    truebeliever17 User ID: 5969355 264292
    Reviewed Apr. 4, 2017

    "If I had written my review the day I made these, I would've given it fewer stars. Right after I made them all I could taste was butter. I was disappointed that they didn't taste like fluffy sugar cookies but more like butter cookies. However, the next day they tasted so much better! The butter flavor was not as strong. They tasted more like a sugar cookie. So you might want to make these the day before you need them. I made half the recipe, used my medium scoop, and got 20 cookies."

    conneran User ID: 705881 263563
    Reviewed Mar. 17, 2017

    "Cookies not real sugary, they melt in your mouth and are so good. I passed cookies to my neighbors and all gave good reviews. I got 6 1/2 dozen."

    MY REVIEW User ID: 1063489 263325
    Reviewed Mar. 11, 2017

    "I love these!!! I use almond extract instead of vanilla. I divide the dough into thirds. One third for sugar cookies, one third I roll in cinnamon and sugar for snicker doodles, and one third I add toffee bits and sliced almonds and roll in sugar for almond crunch cookies. Three kinds of cookies from one batch that are simply the best cookies I've ever had!!!!!"

    doglover5 User ID: 6256665 261336
    Reviewed Feb. 15, 2017

    "Made these for valentine's day. Absolutely delicious! I used Moreno sugar instead of sugar cane. May have made them not as sweet. But I decorated with colored sugars and sprinkles and I even dipped some in chocolate."

    User ID: 312336 260910
    Reviewed Feb. 6, 2017

    "I have been making these for years. My sister loves these at Christmas so I make sure she gets some to take home."

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