Amish Sugar Cookies

filed under: Sugar Cookies on January 12, 2018

Don’t let the simplicity of the ingredients fool you, these Amish Sugar Cookies are one of the most flavorful and melt-in-your-mouth cookies you will ever have! So good you will want to double the recipe next time! I often make this recipe as well as my award-winning cutout Sugar Cookie Recipe during the holidays!


Amish Sugar Cookie

We have been making these cookies for years, but I never shared it on this blog because I thought it might almost be too simple. I eventually shared it on my Homesteading blog and it ended up being the most popular recipe there!

The magic behind this recipe is the ingredients themselves. I use really good quality flour, sugar, eggs… but especially in the vanilla.

Amish Sugar Cookies

The vanilla in the recipe is very important. The pure beautiful flavor really shines in these cookies so using the best quality vanilla I could find was important! Thank goodness McCormick Pure Vanilla Extract is readily available at most grocery stores. <3

How to Make Amish Sugar Cookies


Tips, Tricks, and Variations for Sugar Cookies:

The Amish don’t use electricity, why does this recipe have a stand mixer? Simply put, I love the consistency and ease of utilizing my stand mixer. You can absolutely make these sugar cookies by hand, it will just require a bit of elbow grease.

Can you cut the recipe in half? Absolutely!

Why do you call these “Amish”? My family has been making them for years. This specific Amish sugar cookie recipe originally came from an Amish cookbook, so that is where it gets its name. Versions of the sugar cookie have been around since the 1700’s and are said to have originated in Pennsylvania.

Can I freeze sugar cookies before baking? Yes! This recipe works beautifully from frozen. Simply prepare recipe as directed, scoop out the dough onto a parchment-lined baking sheet, (they can be placed close together) then freeze for about an hour. After an hour, remove from freezer and place all of the solid sugar cookie dough balls into an airtight container or sealable plastic bag. (remove as much air as possible) Label the bag with the date and pop into the freezer. (If you freeze cookies often you may also want to label the bag with the name of the recipe and cooking instructions.) You can bake these cookies directly from the freezer, just be sure to add 1-3 minutes to the baking time.

Can I freeze after baking? Sure thing. Just make sure the cookies are cooled, then place in an airtight container in single layers. (I like to use wax paper between each layer) I have stored them for a few months in the freezer and while they are still good, I prefer this cookie fresh or freezing them before baking.

Can you frost Amish Sugar Cookies? Oh, my word YES. I absolutely adore them with Cherry Buttercream. It reminds me of a Swig Cookie! You can also use vanilla, buttermilk frosting, chocolate, or any frosting that you prefer. My hubby likes them with strawberry preserves on top!

Do these cookies work for holiday decorating? I love these Amish sugar cookies rolled in red or green sprinkles for the holiday! Simply roll the dough into a ball, roll the ball around in the colored sugar (or sprinkles) of your choice, then bake as directed.

Want another fun variation? Try pressing the cookies FLAT with a kitchen glass. (about 1/2 inch thick)  This creates a tender, yet crisp sugar cookie! (Or follow the directions for these”dirty chocolate cookies” and press the glass in sugar first!)

The Best Amish Sugar Cookies

4.89 from 27 votes
Tried and Tested, these are the best sugar cookie I've ever had!
Amish Sugar Cookies
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
10 mins
Total Time
25 mins

Don’t let the simplicity of the ingredients fool you, these Amish Sugar Cookies are one of the most flavorful and melt-in-your-mouth cookies you will ever have!

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: amish sugar cookies
Servings: 24
Author: Amanda Rettke
  • 4 1/2 cups (576g) all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 tsp. McCormick Cream of Tartar
  • 1 cup (2 sticks or 226g) salted butter, room temperature
  • 1 cup (224g or 8 ounces) vegetable oil
  • 1 cup (200g) granulated sugar
  • 1 cup (125g) confectioners sugar
  • 2 (3.50 ounces - 4.0 ounces) large eggs room temperature
  • 2 tsp. McCormick Pure Vanilla Extract
  1. Pre-heat oven to 375°F and line a few baking sheets with parchment paper. (I bake them at 350°F in a convection oven)
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, and cream of tartar. Set aside.
  3. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream together the butter, oil, and sugars on medium-high speed until light and fluffy, scraping the sides as necessary.
  4. Reduce speed to medium and add the eggs, one at a time, mixing just until combined.
  5. Add the vanilla and mix until combined.
  6. Reduce speed to low and add the flour in three additions, scraping down the sides as necessary.
  7. Using a scoop that holds 2 tablespoons of dough, drop batter onto the baking sheet, spacing at least an inch apart.
  8. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes, just until the edges begin to darken.
  9. Let cool on baking sheet.

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  • Maria Camacho says:

    These cookies look 👀 delicious 😋
    I definitely want to try these cookies
    Thank you for the recipes

  • Patricia says:

    Looks delish !

  • Angie says:

    Can’t wait to make these!

  • Sarah says:

    I’m so happy to have found this recipe! My Mom always made “Amish Cookies” for special occasions when I was younger but eventually she stopped making them. When I asked for the recipe she couldn’t find it. I searched “Amish Cookie Recipe” on google and found your website – this is the EXACT recipe my Mom used to make. Perfect and divine as ever. Thank you!

  • Jane M. says:

    I love almond flavor so I used 1 1/2 teas of almond extract and 1/2 teas of vanilla. These cookies were delicious!

  • Jean says:

    I have made these addictive cookies several times and they have turned out perfect every time. I am part of the “soft cookie camp” and these fit the bill. If you are afraid you will eat the whole recipe you can freeze the cookie dough into “pucks” and bake part of the batch later-but they never last long!

  • Nancy says:

    I would like to Half this recipe to make sure I like this . My husbands mother made a white sugar cookie that called for sour cream am hoping this is close. To it