Soft Amish Sugar Cookies

Soft Amish Sugar Cookies |

These Soft Amish Sugar Cookies are hands-down my new favorite cookie.  So simple and melt-in-your-mouth delicious I can’t even stand it!

Stop what you are doing right now and make these cookies.

I mean, after you read this post, of course.



Here’s the thing, I’ve found my new favorite cookie.

And yes, I know this happens like twice a month…Sorry.

But for real this time.


My other favorite soft sugar cookie recipe is definitely a keeper…it’s not going anywhere in my cookie Rolodex.  But it’s different than this recipe.  That one is more of a “Lofthouse” Style that holds up to a huge swirl of frosting.

This recipe is no-frosting-needed.  Did you actually hear me say that?  No frosting?


Now, I don’t actually know if this recipe came from the Amish.  But we’re gonna all pretend that it did, because that just makes it seems more old-fashioned-y and nostalgic.  Plus, the Amish have lots of time to think up the best recipes because they’re not constantly checking Instagram and searching for new Emoji.

Ok, that’s not true.  They are so busy making their own soap and quilting, that cookies are probably an after-thought.

Go Amish!


Oh and can we talk about Amish Mafia for a sec?  NO cookies are getting made on that show, I can assure you.


Anyhow.  These cookies…they are so melt in your mouth good, it’s unreal.  I am seriously in love with them.

They aren’t cakey, but thick and perfect.

Don’t over-bake, though.. that could be a disaster!

Soft Amish Sugar Cookies |

One special thing about this recipe is that it includes 1 cup of vegetable oil along with 1 cup of butter.

Health food, they are not.

Soft Amish Sugar Cookies |

And also a little bit of Cream of Tartar!  Cheers to another use for my COT!

Soft Amish Sugar Cookies |

I used my large cookie scoop to make these the perfect size and height.  If you don’t have a cookie scoop, here’s the link to my favorite!

Soft Amish Sugar Cookies |

And if you want to add sprinkles, go ahead.  Also, I’m a mess with sprinkles.

Soft Amish Sugar Cookies |

Bake them up only until the edges are just slightly golden.

Soft Amish Sugar Cookies |

Aren’t they unbelievably pretty??

Soft Amish Sugar Cookies |

And if you’re not feeling the sprinkles go ahead and let your cookie be naked.

Naked cookies need love too.

Soft Amish Sugar Cookies |

So NOW go make these!

Soft Amish Sugar Cookies
makes 24 large cookies
  • 1 cup butter., room temperature
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp cream of tartar
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 4½ cups flour
  • *optional sprinkles to garnish
  1. Preheat oven to 350°
  2. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Set aside.
  3. In your mixing bowl cream together butter, oil and both sugars until smooth. Beat in eggs and vanilla.
  4. Add in baking soda, cream of tartar and salt and mix in.
  5. Turn mixer to low and add in flour, mixing until combined.
  6. Using a large cookie scoop (3 tablespoons) dough onto lined baking sheet. Add sprinkles now if desired. Bake for 10-12 minutes until edges just start to golden.
  7. Allow to cool for 3 minutes on baking sheet and transfer to wire rack to finish cooling.
recipe adapted from Taste of Home Magazine

store airtight for up to 3 days

 **NOTE** When I first posted this recipe I left out the eggs on the printable recipe as an oversight.  The recipe is corrected now.  Thank you so much for the emails letting me know!!**

Looking for other sugar cookie inspiration?  Check out these fun recipes from around the internet:

Goat Cheese Sugar Cookies from Love and Olive Oil

Sprinkle Cookies from Confessions of a Cookbook Queen

Soft Sugar Cookies from The Novice Chef

Chocolate Sugar Cookies from Sprinkle Bakes

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My brother could live off of sugar cookies, so i can’t wait to try these out on him! (And save some for myself, of course!)

Averie @ Averie Cooks

I have a couple recipes for soft/sprinkles sugar cookies and I’ve never seen a recipe that uses oil. Now that’s one surefire way to prevent dry sugar cookies (which happens easily!) I love that the sprinkles are baked in so you dont have to frost them. I try to do that whenever possible. I have no patience to frost cookies 🙂 These are keepers! pinned!


YUM! I’ve been looking for a good cookie recipe to bake for my new neighbors, and I think this is the winner! Thanks 🙂

Mary Sadowski

I’ve been making these for years and they are awesome! !!! My mom and husband’s all time favorite

Cookbook Queen

I seriously believe that the Amish Mafia are the worst people ever. How can you be Amish AND Mafia? The whole thing is so confusing!! No cookies for them. Ever. EVER!!


what does that have to do with this recipe??!!


What does this have to do with the recipe. The Amish mafia is not real. It is made up for a TV show.

Tracy | Pale Yellow

I love the cup of oil, butter, powdered sugar, and sugar – such simple and perfect ingredients are all you need for a delightful cookie!


I am excited to make these! My egg-allergic son will love to taste-test them for me. 🙂


I have a similar recipe that is super easy and no eggs.
1 cup softened butter
1/2 cup sugar
2 cups flour
1/2 tsp vanilla or other flavoring. (More depending on your taste)
Cream the butter and sugar really well. Add vanilla. Gradually add flour. Roll in 1 inch balls (or use cookie scoop) and place on cookie sheet. If you want you can make them jam thumbprint cookies by making a depression and filling it with fruit jam/preserves. Bake 375 for 15ish minutes. Watch them so they don’t burn. Makes about 3 dozen.


Could you make them smaller? I generally use my big scoop for muffins & cupcakes and my small one for cookies.


These look incredible!! All that butter on oil has to make for an amazing cookie!


This is amazing! Soft cookie without the creaming? sign me up! I have yet to get around to making sugar cookies but I am sure when my schedule clears up I will make a batch of these!


I feel like I could use these a fluffy, delicious pillows AND that makes me happy! Cannot wait to try them. 🙂

Taylor @ Food Faith Fitness

You mean I can get soft, pillowy cookies that are this easy?! I am in love with these. And those heart sprinkles? TOO CUTE! And perfect for V-day!

Dalila G.

These cookies look so yummy and so simple to make.
The oil and butter should make for a moist cookie, I can’t wait to taste these! Look out waistline! LOL!!!

Dalila G.

Oooops….forgot to mention I pinned these! 🙂
Have a nice day!

Jenny Flake

Ok, I need these like right now….to go along with my kale salad, lol! They look great!!


Can you half this? It looks like it would be easy enough.

Melissa @ Treats With a Twist

Ooo! So pretty!
I love that the Amish have all the “best” recipes. Its true though. Though they really scare me! Those Amish shows on TLC make me afraid of having my teeth all pulled out and being caught by the pastor and shunned for jumping on a trampoline. Eek.


The Amish people (and I have several Amish friends though I am not Amish) are some of the most respectable and honest people I know. They raise their children to obey their parents and the children do work on the farm. Good for them! Beats kids sitting around playing electronic games all day. Their houses are immaculate; they are very hospitable. I have a lot of respect for the Amish! They are hard working people. There is no reason whatsoever to be scared of them.

Angelyn @ Everyday Desserts

Need these in my life in a major way! Pinned!


I’ve been using this recipe for about 20 years and they are hands down, the best sugar cookies around. People pass up my beautifully royal iced cookies and go for these sweet and simple cookies every time. They are awesome!

Coco in the Kitchen

No eggs. So these are kinda healthy. 😉

BTW I have a giveaway going at the moment. Enter! Hope you win!

donna jeffreys
girl, you are TOOOOO funny! my name is DONNA and i am a cookie addict! 🙂 i can pass up just about any cake, pie or other dessert but let there be a tray of cookies and whoa boy….its like a HUGE magnet is attached to my hip! I read this recipe and after I log off, I WILL be in the kitchen making THESE COOOOOKKKIIIEEESSSS!!!!! (doing my best cookie monster voice possible!) But truly, your blog has to be one of my favorites to follow…..just sayin! On more than one occassion I am giggling and my hubby will walk… Read more »
Jaren (Diary of a Recipe Collector)

You sold me on these! I’ll have to give them a try!


These look amazing, can’t wait to try them out.

Shelly L.

Is there a substitutes for cream of tartar? Or what would happen if I left it out? (I know, heaven forbid I don’t have any, LOL!) These sound amazing!


Ok, I looked at the other recipes that you suggested for sugar cookies and I RAN back to your Amish Sugar Cookies. I LOVE that these do not have to be rolled out! They are as pretty as the others, but so much easier to make. And, you are right that they should be called Amish cookies because they are homemade looking- not something that looks like they came from a perfect bakery! Thanks for sharing such a nice recipe?

Shannon @ Bake.Frost.Repeat

This look ah-mah-zing!!!!!!

Betsy |

Holy YUM! These look amazing! And… I’m pretty certain that the Amish make cookies – I mean, they gotta eat something delicious, right? Hahah 😉

Bonny Lee

They do. I have several Amish cookbooks for desserts and candy. I live near many Amish farms, and they often have road side stands where they sell their vegetables and desserts.

Rachel Cooks

Loving the looks of these! And super intrigued by the oil!

Shashi @

These ARE unbelievably pretty!
If only I could scratch and taste my monitor right now!

Jennifer | Bake or Break

So soft and fluffy! A batch of those would be pretty dangerous!


These look like my favorite type of cookie: thick, soft and chewy! Pinning for future reference!

Annie @ Annie

I LOVE cookies like since I usually have everything on hand and it’s perfect for when the baking itch strikes. I’ll probably make them tonight, in fact!


These were great! I halved the recipe and they turned out perfect. They tasted exactly how I was expecting 🙂 Thanks for the recipe – I love reading your blog.


Have you frozen this dough? I make cookie dough balls and freeze them on a cookie sheet then transfer to ziplocks and remove a few to bake when I want just a few.

becky w

Can I tell you these are amazing!!!
I had a stressful day at work Monday and came home to vent a little frustration by baking. I just had read this post and decided I had everything to make them, well needless to say I have worked my way thru the whole batch this week, minus a few I let my husband sample. These are amazing!!! I love the fact that they look exactly like your pictures, they are soft and yummy!!!
Thanks for the greeat recipe, it’s definetly a keeper, oh and thanks for the extra calories I consumed this week.

Sorry to burst your bubble (well, I’m probably not doing that), but they’re NOT Amish. They are from a “vintage” recipe though! This is (basically – I’m kind of secretive about it exactly) my great grandmother’s sugar cookie recipe – oil, butter, powdered sugar, cream of tartar – all of it. She was on this earth from 1896 through 1971. My late grandmother passed on the tradition with us, and now my siblings and I make them. A standard we only make once a year (a big batch) at Christmastime – and you’re right – no frosting necessary! We always… Read more »

I’m confused – how do you know that your great grandmother didn’t get it from the Amish?


STOP IT right now


Printed out the old recipe and made them with out the eggs…. No good. Guess I will have to try again.. Wish I had reviewed before I baked!!!


I saw these on the blog and printed out right away. I thought it was odd that eggs weren’t included. I didn’t realize until the end!


I saw these on the blog and printed the recipe out right away. I thought it was odd that eggs weren’t included. I didn’t realize until the end and was wondering why so dry. I added them in at the very end and they turned out ok.


Do you sift the powdered sugar?


Omigosh! I’m baking off my last sheet of these right now, and of course I’ve already sampled the cooled ones. These cookies are CRAZY good. They are legit the best sugar cookies I’ve ever had. Thank you for sharing the recipe with us! 🙂


I made these a day or so after your post, AMAZING. The guys at work at themselves into a coma. My daughter doesn’t eat chocolate, peanut butter or nuts, my son eats all of them so finding a cookie they both love is great. I added chocolate chips to a few. Until we bake again!!!


Making these as we speak! Omg! How could I not!? They look so yummy. Btw, I make a mess with sprinkles all the time. Always finding a sprinkle later that I forgot to clean up. 🙂


Drool. Darn diet.


I am in search of a perfect treat to put in little cellophane bags tied with a brown and turquoise ribbon. I’m planning to hand them out with my new Spring catalog. Does your creative mind have any ideas for me??:))

I had high hopes for these cookies. When I saw the recipe and how pretty they are, I was hoping to have finally found my “go-to” sugar cookie recipe to use for many years to come. I was sadly disappointed. I agree that they are “melt in your mouth”, but only because they crumble so easily that they practically turn to powder form as soon as you put them in your mouth. I have made cookies many times and never had any turn out quite like this. They had good flavor and were easy to prepare, but I think I… Read more »

then you did it wrong..

Jaye L.

Hi Shelly! These cookies look and sound perfect. I plan on making these for a shower I’m hosting on Sunday. Can I make the dough two days in advance and then either freeze or refrigerate them for two days until I’m ready to bake? Thanks!!

Jen @ Fresh From The...

Just made these this weekend, and they turned out great! Thanks for the great recipe!


Holy cow, these are awesome!!! Decided to make them for Valentine’s Day but now I’m thinking they won’t last that long in our house. Great recipe as usual 🙂