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!

Easy Amish Sugar Cookies

I’ve developed quite the sugar cookie collection over the years. Looking for a foolproof Cut Out Sugar Cookie recipe? Covered! Or Easy Soft Sugar Cookies WIth Frosting? I gotcha. And if you’re looking for the BEST soft, no fuss sugar cookie recipe, allow me to introduce you to my new favorite: Amish Sugar Cookies!

This easy sugar cookie recipe is all kinds of old-fashioned and nostalgic, and I love it. The texture of these cookies quite literally melts in your mouth. It’s unreal! They’re thick and soft without being cakey, perfectly buttery and sweet – everything you want a sugar cookie recipe to be!

Amish sugar cookies in a basket, with more cookies scattered around.

What Makes these Cookies Unique?

Rumor has it that versions of these sugar cookies have been circulating since the 1700s, when they originated with the Pennsylvania Dutch. This old-timey cookie recipe includes vegetable oil and powdered sugar in addition to butter and granulated sugar. 

Healthy? Maybe not. However, this unusual combination is what makes Amish sugar cookies uniquely melt-in-your-mouth and oh-so-amazing!

The ingredients for soft amish sugar cookies.

Recipe Ingredients

  • Butter: Salted or unsalted, at room temperature.
  • Vegetable Oil: Or another neutral oil, such as canola.
  • Sugar: Both granulated sugar as well as powdered sugar is what gives these cookies a particularly tender texture.
  • Vanilla: Pure vanilla extract, and not the imitation kind.
  • Cream of Tartar: Almost every Amish cookie recipe features cream of tartar, which reacts with baking soda to provide the leavening. This gives these cookies a light and fluffy rise.
  • Baking Soda
  • Eggs
  • Flour
  • Salt
Sugar cookie dough in a mixing bowl.

How to Make Amish Sugar Cookies

Make the Dough: Cream together the butter, oil, and sugars. Next beat in the eggs and vanilla, followed by the baking soda, cream of tartar and salt. Slowly add in the flour, continuing to mix the dough until just combined.

Sugar cookie balls on a baking sheet next to a cookie scoop.

Scoop the Dough: Use a cookie scoop to scoop dough balls out onto a parchment-lined baking sheet. 

Rows of amish sugar cookies on a baking sheet.

Bake: Bake the cookies in a preheated 350°F oven, until the edges are just golden. Let the cookies rest on the baking sheet for a few minutes before transferring them to a wire rack to finish cooling.

Amish sugar cookies tucked into a cloth.

Tips for the Best Cookies

  • Use a Cookie Scoop: 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!
  • Don’t Over-Bake the Cookies: These cookies will only be slightly golden when they leave the oven. They may even appear under-baked – and that’s fine! Whatever you do, make sure to not over-bake these sugar cookies. You can bake out the magic. It’s a fact. Besides, they’ll continue to bake as they rest on the sheet!
A stack of sugar cookies next to a jug of milk.

How to Store Extras

Store these Amish sugar cookies airtight at room temperature for up to 3 days.

Can I Freeze These?

You can freeze both the unbaked cookie dough as well as the baked cookies for up to 3 months.

To Freeze Cookie Dough: Scoop the dough balls out onto a baking sheet, and then place the whole sheet into the freezer to flash-freeze. Once solid, transfer the dough to an airtight, freezer-safe bag or container to store them. Bake the cookie dough directly from frozen, adding an extra couple of minutes to the baking time.

To Freeze Baked Cookies: Store the baked cookies airtight once they’re completely cooled. Use pieces of parchment paper to separate the layers as needed. Freeze the cookies, and let them thaw at room temperature when you’re ready to serve them.

A sugar cookie is dunked into a glass of milk.

More Sugar Cookie Recipe to Try


Soft Amish Sugar Cookies

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

Nutrition Information:

1 cookie
12.5 g
158.7 mg
12.9 g
30.5 g
3 g
40.5 mg

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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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Nov 7, 2021 4:00 pm

my go to recipe….this recipe makes about 6 dozen using a small cookie scoop, the perfect size for us. Today I experimented a little and divided the dough in 3…made 1 part plain with sprinkles, mixed chopped pecans into another portion, and mini choc chips into the third portion. All 3 kinds are awesome!

Jun 10, 2021 4:16 pm

These cookies were amazing! they have a nice soft inside with a kind of crunchy edge! Highly recommend!

Feb 28, 2021 2:34 pm

This is my family’s favorite cookie! Thank you so much <3

Dec 20, 2018 1:06 pm

I grew up with these cookies as a family recipe, only the original recipe of my childhood calls for vegetable shortening instead of butter. But butter is so much better! I never thought of using butter till I saw this recipe. The cookies are just awesome. So tender, yet crisp, they really do melt in your mouth. I flatten mine with the bottom of a drinking glass dipped in sugar rather than with a fork. It produces perfectly smooth, gorgeous cookies. These guys are too fragile to frost (if you did manage to spread frosting on without breaking them, they… Read more »

Mar 28, 2018 12:41 pm

I don’t normally post reviews but I just had to on this one. This is by far my family’s favorite sugar cookie. I have made several of your recipes and they all have been a hit. Thank you so much for sharing all of your wonderful recipes.

Elaine Gray
Dec 6, 2017 2:37 pm

I love the Amish cookie recipe, I made it years ago, so I was happy to find this one. I do add pecans though. Can you make this ahead & freez them for later? Going out of state for Christmas. & want to get baking done early!

Aug 20, 2017 10:29 am

I just made these. I have been looking forever for the best soft sugar cookie recipe and this is it!!!! Finally I am completely happy with this soft sugar cookie. Unbelievably the best ever. I made a half recipe and used the medium scoop. Got a little over 2 dozen. Thank you so much.

Jul 31, 2017 3:38 pm

I love sprinkles on the cookies. I use a cookie scoop and release the ball into my hand and then dip it into sprinkles. Easy! Love this way of decorating cookies.

Jun 18, 2017 6:50 pm

Delicious! this is a keeper I will bake these again

May 15, 2017 8:06 pm

These are the best! But I promise these are better with 3/4 teaspoon tartar. The texture is perfect!

May 15, 2017 8:05 pm

I’ve been making these for years! I promise that 3/4 teaspoon tartar is actually better with the texture!

Cori Jane
Dec 12, 2016 12:47 pm

If you like a soft, “melty” (I don’t think that’s even a word, but oh well!) sugar cookie…look no further! Seriously, this recipe was so easy and the outcome is AWESOME. My husband isn’t much of a sweets person and he specifically asked for these this year when I started my Christmas baking. *QUESTION: many times I make cookie dough, roll out the cookies and freeze them so I can just pop them in the oven and bake at my convenience. Does anyone know if I can do this with this dough? I questioned it since the the dough is… Read more »

Mel Mure
Dec 5, 2016 7:53 pm

Just made these cookies and OH EM GEEEEE I have never EVER made cookies this amazing before!!! They literally melt in your mouth. The texture is crazy! Thank you so much for the recipe!!!!! <3

Donna Carroll
Nov 28, 2016 4:24 pm

I make something very sinilar. Instead of buttee AND oil, i use 2 c Crisco shortening( not buttery one) and for the sugar, 2 c of powdered (no granulated) And NO eggs. Once on cookie sheet use a fork and make cris cross design. Add sprinkles. These will truely melt in your mouth.

Nov 20, 2016 2:01 pm

these are delicious I grated up some dark chocolate and sprinkler on top when I removed form the over so good, thank you for sharing ! 🙂

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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