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Amish Sugar Cookies

These easy-to-make, old-fashioned 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
  • Total Time
    Prep: 10 min. Bake: 10 min./batch
  • Makes
    about 5 dozen


  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 4-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon cream of tartar


  • 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.
  • Drop by small teaspoonfuls onto ungreased baking sheets. Bake until lightly browned, 8-10 minutes. Remove to wire racks to cool.

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!
  • Check out the 7 Secrets to Baking Soft and Chewy Sugar Cookies.
  • Learn more about baking cookies with our ultimate guide.
  • Nutrition Facts
    1 cookie: 117 calories, 7g fat (2g saturated fat), 14mg cholesterol, 48mg sodium, 13g carbohydrate (5g sugars, 0 fiber), 1g protein.
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    • Barbara
      Feb 9, 2021

      Keep them coming is what my husband said! I did make a slight change though. I added a teaspoon of salt, and I doubled the vanilla. They were actually very, very good.

    • Dennis
      Feb 6, 2021

      My grandchildren wanted to make cookies...said they wanted the white ones. I wanted sugar cookies that I didn't have to roll out and came across this recipe. The kids loved them and my wife said they were the best cookies I ever made.

    • Martha
      Jan 16, 2021

      Zero stars for my review. I used fresh ingredients and followed the recipe exactly. I agree with the reviewer who described them as more like biscuits than cookies. I will add they were dry, bland and lacked any flavor. I even tried a batch with sugar and cinnamon and they were still terrible. Ended up in the trash. I'll stick with traditional sugar cookies that always turn out delish!

    • homemadewithlove
      Nov 7, 2020

      I used lemon extract and cut in half. I chilled dough because they wanted to spread.

    • Kirk
      Nov 2, 2020

      A favorite cookie! I converted the recipe to Gluten Free by using King Arthur GF measure-for-masure flour. A few variations I have tried are rolling them in sugar, rolling them in cinnamon and sugar, adding 2 tablespoons of cinnamon to the dough, and adding a half cup of cocoa powder and 1 tablespoon of oil to the dough. All of the variations have been tasty. One other variation is to make either a split batch (or a double batch) and make one chocolate, then fold the 2 flavors together, and make marbled cookies. It makes pretty cookies.

    • Sue
      Oct 20, 2020

      So yummy!!! Just like my Grammoms! ??

    • Janice
      Oct 18, 2020

      I roll these in cinnamon and sugar before I bake them and they are the most amazing snickerdoodles in the world (so Im told) LOL I cant eat cinnamon but they are gone in minutes

    • Sarabeth
      Oct 12, 2020

      Lots of fat makes these a melt-in-your mouth cookie. My friend was making them the same day I was and she warned me they had very little flavor, so I added almond extract into mine and they were wonderful. I could imagine a nice little frosting would be delicious on these cookies and make them a little extra special.

    • Sandra
      Oct 10, 2020

      Make these often and get many compliments because they melt in your mouth. You can’t eat just one.

    • NormaJean
      Sep 21, 2020

      Way to much fat for a cookie recipe. Very plain in taste, not very healthy. Will not make again!!