Amish Sugar Cookies are a simple, soft and flavorful sugar cookie, made famous by the Amish.
One of Nick’s sisters lives in an Amish town. Every time we visit, I’m convinced we need to move away from the city, give up modern technology, and live the life of the Amish.
Then I remember I’m a blogger and 75% of my job requires a super fast internet connection, electricity and all things non-Amish. But still, with every horse drawn carriage I see hitched to a pole at the corner market, every yard we pass with clothes drying in the wind, and every hard working family I notice working out in their garden, I get a little twinge of wistfulness for a simpler life.
I say the Amish have a simpler life because I imagine a life without the constant pull of the TV and internet to be simple. However, I’m always incredibly impressed with how hard the Amish seem to work. Each time we drive through Kalona, you see kids working outside, markets full of hand made goods that you know took forever to make, and people generally soaking up every second of sunlight with hard work. Are their lives really that much more simple? I’m guessing not. Maybe simple is a relative term, right?
These soft Amish Sugar Cookies are simple, just like the lives of the Amish is meant to be. This is one of those sugar cookie recipes that makes a huge batch and doesn’t need frosting of any kind to be delicious. They are simple, sweet and oh so good!
Nick was home the other day when I made these, so I enlisted his help in making a video. He did great for a first time videographer, so I’m not blaming him for the triple chins I seem to have. Apparently I’ve been eating too many of these Amish Sugar Cookies 🙂
Although these cookies would be great any time of year, if you are looking for a simple, classic cookie to add to your holiday trays, the Amish Sugar Cookie is sure to be a hit! Enjoy!
(PS – don’t be alarmed by the amount of vegetable oil in this recipe. Don’t try to change that…it’s what makes these cookies so incredibly soft and good! Just go with it, knowing that this makes a really large batch of cookies, and eventually it all evens out).
If you are looking for a more traditional sugar cookie, give this best sugar cookie recipe a try!
Amish Sugar Cookies Recipe
- 1 cup butter softened
- 1 cup vegetable oil
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 cup confectioners' sugar
- 2 large eggs
- 2 Tablespoons vanilla extract
- 4-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon cream of tartar
- In the bowl of an electric stand mixer, beat the butter, oil, granulated sugar and confectioners' sugar together. Beat in the eggs until well blended and light in color. Add the vanilla and continue mixing on low.
- In a separate bowl, combine the flour, baking soda and cream of tartar; gradually add to the creamed mixture. Mix just until all ingredients are incorporated.
- Drop dough by small teaspoonfuls onto a Silpat or parchment lined baking sheets. Bake at 375° for 8-10 minutes or until lightly browned. Remove to wire racks to cool.
Hi, I really love ur recipes. I have just started baking and I don’t have an electric stand mixer. Can I use a hand held electric mixer?
Absolutely. Just make sure you use a pretty deep bowl and you should be fine! Let me know if you have an other questions.
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Carrie Burrill says
Growing up my mom worked with this lady named Stacey, and every year Stacey made these soft and thick sugar cookies that were absolutely amazing. I looked forward to getting a tin every year during the holidays.
I’ve been searching for a recipe that may compare to those cookies for years…. and I’m not sure yet. But these look like her cookies, so I’m going to try them tomorrow. Fingers crossed!!
I hope you like them! They are so simple which sometimes throws people off because they assume they aren’t any good. But they are fab!
Kristen, I love this video! You and Nick did such a great job. It’s such fun to see you this way. (and now I want a cookie too!)
Thank you, friend! You are the sweetest. Nick did do a great job – I hope I can enlist his help again!
I agree with Mary, it’s so fun to see in front of the camera. Congrats to Nick on his first video, great job!
Thank you Danijela! I appreciate it!
You’re beautiful! What a sweet video to go with these sweet, fluffy cookies. PS what is your secret to these clutter-free counters?
Hahaha – I cleaned it all off for the video. I should have taken a shot of my kitchen table to show everyone the reality 🙂
What a nice place you have 🙂 Thank you for the recipe. I’ll definitely be back !
Thank you so much!
Would this recipe work well for rolling out dough and cutting into shapes as well?
I’m honestly not sure – I’ve never tried them as cutout cookies. So, if you do use this dough I definitely recommend that you put the dough in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes to an hour to chill. It’s just such a soft dough I’d be afraid it’d lose it’s shape when cut out if not chilled before hand.
If you want to try a different recipe, this is the go to cut out sugar cookie recipe we like to use! https://www.dineanddish.net/2011/12/our-favorite-cutout-sugar-cookie-recipe/
Dorothy Birmingham says
loved these but 2 questions ….do they freeze well and is it best to store them in a tin or plastic container….thanks
HI Dorothy –
Great questions. They do freeze well. I store them in plastic containers but that’s just because I don’t have any tins, so I’m not sure how those would work. They are really soft cookies so I think as long as the seal is air tight they should be fine!