Amish Sugar Cookies

Amish Sugar Cookies

Aren’t cookies amazing? They can be rolled out and cut into shapes, dropped like balls on the cookie sheet to come out like little discs (like these Amish sugar cookies), iced, sugared, plain. It doesn’t matter how, they are just amazing! And oh, the varieties! Sugar, chocolate chip, peanut butter, oatmeal … oh, yes!

I must admit, however, that these are my favorite. These delicious Amish sugar cookies have been a tradition in my family for generations. My mom had a plate of these on the table every weekend. They are soft and chewy with just enough sweetness to temp you for “just one more”.

Work Your Cookie Magic

Let’s start off by preheating your oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit and lining your cookie sheet with either aluminum foil or parchment paper. The reason I recommend this instead of a light spray of cooking spray or leaving the pan plain is that you can pull the liner off the pan to allow the cookies to cool and be ready for the next batch.

Whisk together the flour, baking soda, and cream of tartar. Don’t skip the mixing here since you want the baking soda distributed evenly.

dry baking mixture whisked

Tip: If you are a chocolate lover like I am, try adding a half cup of cocoa powder to the dry mix. Chocolate sugar cookies will bring lots of smiles!

In a separate bowl, cream together the oil, butter and sugar until fluffy. Add the eggs, one at a time, with the vanilla extract. Don’t overmix. Overmixing will make the cookies spread too thin.

Mix this into the dry mixture. Folding is a great way to incorporate the dry completely without the over-mixing problem.

folding wet ingredients into dry ingredients

Roll the cookie dough into balls and place on your lined cookie sheet about 2 inches apart.

Tip: Put a little sugar into a bowl. Find a glass (yeah, the drinking variety) either with or without a decorative bottom and dip the bottom of the glass in the sugar. Press the tops of the cookie dough balls lightly. You don’t flatten them much. You are just trying to embed the sugar into the tops.

cookies flattened

Bake for 8-10 minutes. The edges will be slightly browned.

This recipe makes 6 dozen cookies! Yes, you can half the recipe, or take half the dough and freeze to use at a later time. I do this all the time.

I hope you love this recipe as much as I do. Sharing my memories with you just makes me feel Oh My Gravy Good!

pile of sugar cookies

Amish Sugar Cookies

These Amish sugar cookies are soft, chewy, and melt in your mouth. They are a great "base" cookie that you can add things like chocolate chips or toffee bits for a surprising flare!
5 from 5 votes
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Course Dessert, Snack


  • 4 ½ cups All-Purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp cream of tartar
  • 1 cup butter softened
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 eggs large
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract


  • Pre-heat oven to 375°F.
  • Whisk together the flour, baking soda, and cream of tartar. Set aside.
  • Cream together the butter, oil, and sugar until fluffy. A mixer is great for this but you can also do it by hand.
    cream butter, oil and sugar
  • Add the eggs, one at a time, along with the vanilla. Stir in well but don't overmix.
  • Gradually add the dry ingredients until just incorporated.
  • Roll dough into balls and place on a parchment-lined baking sheet about 2 inches apart.
    balls of cookie dough
  • Bake for 10 minutes. Enjoy!
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