Soft Amish Sugar Cookies

These Soft Amish Sugar Cookies are hands-down my new favorite sugar cookies recipe. They’re so simple and melt-in-your-mouth delicious, you have to stop what you’re doing right now and make these!

Soft Amish Sugar Cookies |

Soft Amish Sugar Cookies

I’ve developed quite the sugar cookie collection here on my site, but I definitely feel they all serve different purposes. If you’re looking for a Cut Out Sugar Cookie recipe, that’s one thing…or if you’re looking for a frosted sugar cookie, that’s another… but if you’re looking for the BEST soft (no fuss) sugar cookie recipe, you are in the right place!!

Now, I don’t actually know if this sugar cookie 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 or falling down a youtube rabbit hole.

These Amish sugar cookies are so melt in your mouth good, it’s unreal.  I am seriously in love with them. They aren’t cakey, just thick and perfect…everything you want a sugar cookie recipe to be!

Make sure not to over-bake these sugar cookies though…you can bake out the magic. It’s a fact.

How to make 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.

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And also a little bit of Cream of Tartar!  Cheers to another use for my CoT! This helps with the leavening of these cookies and gives them the perfect texture.

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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!

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

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

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Aren’t these sugar cookies unbelievably pretty??

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

Naked cookies need love too.

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So NOW go make these Soft Amish Sugar Cookies, it’s the best soft sugar cookie recipe out there!

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Soft Amish Sugar Cookies

  • Author: Shelly
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 24 large cookies 1x
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Oven
  • Cuisine: Amish


These Soft Amish Sugar Cookies are hands-down my new favorite sugar cookies recipe. They’re so simple and melt-in-your-mouth delicious, you have to stop what you’re doing right now and make these!


  • 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
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 4 1/2 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

Keywords:: homemade sugar cookies recipe, easy sugar cookies recipe, best sugar cookies recipe, homemade sugar cookies, homemade sugar cookies recipe, soft sugar cookies recipe

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 **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!!**


Hi! I’m Shelly and I’m an addict. Of the buttercream sort. I started this site a few years ago as a way to justify my sugary, buttery obsession with desserts. It has worked out well for me so far, because as it turns out you guys all love sugary, buttery desserts too! It feels good to know you're not alone, doesn’t it?

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151 Responses
  1. 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 rolled them in a few sprinkles though, mostly to make them pretty. If we broke our rule and made them throughout the year, we’d be gargantuan. I’ve never seen this recipe anywhere else – no cookbooks, no blogs, nowhere, so I’m curious where you found it? A holiday tradition – but not Amish. Southeast Missourian, maybe? My great grandmother was Elphia (pronounced “elf-ya” isn’t that cute?) – you could rename them Elphia’s Sugar Cookies!

  2. 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.

  3. Lisa

    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.

  4. Rebekah

    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.

    1. Julie

      I love a recipe where the amounts don’t use tons of different measuring spoons and cups, don’t require dough refrigeration, and don’t require special/weird things. I had everything I needed on hand and the cookies were delicious. Really has a nice texture. Great recipe!

    1. 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.

  5. Mary

    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?

  6. 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!

    1. Shelly

      It helps stabilize and also works as a leavening agent! You could leave it out, I’m sure and the difference will most likely be marginal.

  7. 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 in and ask what are you laughing at? lol!
    Nuffin honey….just reading!
    Hugs everbody!!!!!! 🙂

  8. 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!

  9. 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.

    1. Suzanne

      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.

  10. 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!!!

    1. 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.

  11. 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!

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Shelly Hi! I’m Shelly and I’m an addict. Of the buttercream sort. I started this site a few years ago as a way to justify my sugary, buttery obsession with desserts. It has worked out well for me so far, because as it turns out you guys all love sugary, buttery desserts too! It feels good to know you're not alone, doesn’t it?

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