Friday’s Fare: Amish Sugar Cookies

One of the first recipes that Amish girls learn to make is sugar cookies. I cannot tell you how many times I have gone visiting with my Amish friends only to find their daughters in the kitchen making sugar cookies! And I happily tasted every single one offered to me! Many of the young Amish girls receive their first cookbook for their fourteenth birthdays…a gift from the mother. The girls begin learning how to cook entire meals at that point…something they will have to do for their future families without the benefit of microwaves, prepared foods, or many nights out at restaurants to “get a break from the kitchen.”  😉

  • 4 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1 cup butter
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 cup granulated sugar plus extra for stamping
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Line baking sheets with kitchen parchment paper or grease lightly.
  2. In medium bowl, mix together flour, soda, and cream of tartar.
  3. In a large bowl, beat butter, oil and sugars until completely blended and mixture is creamy. Add eggs and vanilla and beat well. Stir in dry ingredients until well blended.
  4. Drop dough, using a cookie scoop or level measuring tablespoonfuls, on prepared baking sheets. Flatten each ball to 3/8-inch thickness using a cookie stamp or the bottom of a pretty glass dipped in granulated sugar.
  5. Bake 10-12 minutes or until cookies are lightly browned around the edges. Do not over bake. Transfer cookies to wire racks to cool.

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