Amish Butter Cookies

Amish Butter Cookies, also known as Amish sugar cookies, are one of the best soft sugar cookies around.

With their melt-in-your-mouth texture and irresistible buttery flavor, the cookies offer a wonderful experience that speaks of homemade goodness.

Old Fashioned Amish Sugar Cookies

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The old fashioned sugar cookies are easy to make and you most likely have all of the ingredients in your pantry.

They feature a buttery flavor that is perfect for any occasion. The recipe makes about three dozen cookies, so you’ll have plenty to share (or keep to yourself 😉 )

Years ago, I worked for a company that built natural gas pipelines. We traveled all over the country and would stay in a place for several months until that section of the pipeline was complete.

We did a job in Iowa back in 1999 and we were right in the middle of Amish country. Talk about a neat experience. I’d look out the window of our office trailer and see the horse and buggies go by. I loved it.

When we got a little bit of time, we’d go down to their homes and buy some of their food and it was absolutely amazing. Let me tell you, it was downright homemade awesomeness.

These Amish Butter Cookies are no exception. They have a more creamy flavor to them and are super delish!

Amish Desserts

We also spent about six months in Georgia and the town we stayed in had a Mennonite bakery on the outskirts. It was all I could do to get through the morning before going to get us donuts. Let me tell you, the Amish and Mennonite know how to bake.

I must say, it’s a good thing that I am not too close to any of their restaurants or bakeries, or I would be in trouble. Their baked goods are delish!

Recipe and printable instructions listed below.

Step-By-Step Instructions

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Add the butter to a mixing bowl. I forget, almost every time, to soften the butter. I simply put it in the microwave for about 20 seconds and that does the trick.

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Pour the sugar into the mixing bowl.

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Add the powdered sugar next. Cream the sugars and butter. It’s gettin’ good.

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Pour the vegetable oil into the mixture and mix everything together. 

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Add the eggs and vanilla and combine. 

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Sift the flour, baking soda, cream of tartar, and salt together. 

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Finally, add the sifted flour, baking soda, cream of tartar, and salt to the mixture. Mix everything together. It will be a pretty thick batter.

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Scoop the cookie dough balls onto a baking sheet. The cookie dough isn’t going to spread much at all so you can set the cookies about 1-inch apart.

This recipe makes three dozen cookies with a medium-sized cookie scoop. If you want more cookies, you can scoop them a little smaller and you can get at least four dozen.

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Bake for 8-10 minutes or until they are barely golden brown. 

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How To Store The Amish Butter Cookies

Store the cookies in an airtight container or you can put some plastic wrap over them. They do not need to be refrigerated.

The cookies can be frozen for up to two months. Just make sure they are in an airtight freezer-safe container.

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Amish Butter Cookies

Yield: 3 dozen
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

Amish butter cookies, also known as Amish sugar cookies, are a buttery, sweet treat. They are perfect for after-school or any holiday.


  • 1 cup butter (softened)
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 4-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt


Preheat oven to 350-degrees.

  1. Add the softened butter to a large mixing bowl.
  2. Add the granulated and powdered sugar to the bowl and cream together with the butter.
  3. Add the vegetable oil, eggs, and vanilla and mix.
  4. Sift the flour, baking soda, cream of tartar, and salt together.
  5. Add the flour mixture a little bit at a time to the butter mixture. Mix until well blended.
  6. Scoop out onto a baking sheet and bake for 8-10 minutes, or until the cookies are lightly golden.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 1 Serving Size: 1 cookie
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 5842Total Fat: 414gSaturated Fat: 136gTrans Fat: 13gUnsaturated Fat: 253gCholesterol: 860mgSodium: 3929mgCarbohydrates: 504gFiber: 7gSugar: 309gProtein: 40g

Nutrition is approximate.

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