Amish Sugar Cookies

Total Time

Prep: 10 min. Bake: 10 min./batch


about 5 dozen

Updated: Sep. 20, 2023
These easy-to-make, old-fashioned Amish sugar cookies simply melt in your mouth! I've passed this recipe around to many friends. After I gave it to my sister, she entered the cookies in a local fair and won best of show. —Sylvia Ford, Kennett, Missouri
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  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup canola 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


  1. Preheat oven to 375°. 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 until lightly browned, 8-10 minutes. Remove to wire racks to cool.
Amish Sugar Cookies Tips

How can you make Amish sugar cookies your own?

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.

Can you make Amish sugar cookies without 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!

How should you store Amish sugar cookies?

Amish sugar cookies will taste best stored in a well-sealed container for 3 days. To freeze these cookies for later, arrange baked and cooled cookies in a single layer on a baking sheet. Pop the sheet in the freezer for 30 minutes or until the cookies are frozen solid. Then, layer frozen cookies in airtight containers, with a piece of parchment paper separating each layer. This will help prevent the cookies from sticking to one another. Repeat until all of the cookies are packed, then freeze containers for up to three months. Thaw (or pop in the microwave for a few seconds—we won’t tell) before serving. If you liked these Amish sugar cookies, try more of our traditional Amish recipes.

Maggie Knoebel, Taste of Home Associate Recipe Editor/Test Cook

Nutrition Facts

1 cookie: 117 calories, 7g fat (2g saturated fat), 14mg cholesterol, 48mg sodium, 13g carbohydrate (5g sugars, 0 fiber), 1g protein.