Amish Sugar Cookies

Yield: 5 dozen small cookies or 2 1/2 dozen large cookies

Prep Time: 25 min + chill time

Cook Time: 10 min

Amish Sugar Cookies


1 cup granulated white sugar
1 cup powdered sugar, sifted
1 cup salted butter, softened
1 cup canola or vegetable oil
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
4 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon cream of tartar


1. In large bowl, combine sugars, butter and oil and beat together with an electric mixer. Beat well. Add eggs and vanilla and beat again.

2. In separate bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda and cream of tartar. Gradually add dry ingredients to wet. Mix until well blended.

3. Cover bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight.

4. When ready to bake, preheat oven to 375 degrees. Form dough into small balls and flatten slightly with a fork. Bake for 10-12 minutes.


*If you'd like, you can roll the balls in additional sugar


4 Responses to “Amish Sugar Cookies”

  1. postedAug 8, 2012 1:17 PM
    Patricia Milillo

    Hello Lori,

    I enjoy your website very much and plan on using some of your recipes especialy over the holidays when I do most of my baking. Could you help me find the recipe for those big cakey yellow sugar cookies with sugar on top that you find in some supermarket bakeries? They are soft, large and more like a cake but are a cookie. Are they Amish cookies do you know? Where if you know could I find the recipe and what are they called? I thank you greatly if you would have any information. I have never seen anyone make them at family gatherings. And I think they would be great at Christmas time. A really nice addition to a cookie tray or they can stand on their on as something you would bring to the party.

    • postedAug 8, 2012 4:36 PM

      I’m sorry, but I have no idea!

  2. postedAug 14, 2017 2:50 PM
    Wendy D.

    Patricia… I believe you may be thinking of Loft House Cookies. They are a favorite of my family. If you Google the name there are many recipes available to choose from. I use the recipe from Two Peas and Their Pod cooking blog. 

    Lori… Love your blog and visit often. Thanks so much for this Amish Sugar Cookie recipe. I’m including this in my list of new cookie recipes to try and it looks like a keeper.

    • postedAug 18, 2017 1:28 PM

      Thank you!

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