Old-Fashioned Amish Sugar Cookies

Old-Fashioned Amish Sugar Cookies are just what you need with your glass of milk! A perfect treat for any occasion.Old-Fashioned Amish Sugar Cookies | Perfect for any occasion!

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Old-Fashioned Amish Sugar Cookies

I shared a Facebook teaser a couple weeks ago: I’ve unearthed a closely guarded secret recipe for Helen Rudesill’s signature Amish Sugar Cookies. Stay tuned for the big reveal in a few weeks, but you can sample AND get the recipe by attending the Ensemble Music Society of Indianapolis‘ November 29 concert featuring the Escher String Quartet!

A friend of mine had been on the hunt for this amazing, melt in your mouth old-fashioned Amish sugar cookie recipe for years. It was from an old church cookbook which is totally out of circulation. Through some sleuthing, she was able to obtain said recipe and use it to promote an upcoming concert. And in exchange for a little social media push, I was given the recipe to test!

Old-Fashioned Amish Sugar Cookies | Perfect for any occasion!

Tips for Making Amish Sugar Cookies

My family loves the classic, frosted, cut out sugar cookies for the holidays. These are just as delicious, but with a totally different texture.

Not chewy like my frosted cookies, nor “short” like the classic shortbread cookies, but uniquely wonderful.  Despite the lack of frosting, they got rave reviews from the troops. If you’re looking for a new, classic cookie to bake, give these Old-Fashioned Amish Sugar Cookies a try!

  • Besides butter, these old fashioned sugar cookies have a cup of oil as one of the ingredients. I used canola oil, but any mild vegetable oil would work.
  • An overnight chilling helps the flavors meld and the gluten settle. Don’t try to bake them without chilling first.
  • I used a Cookie Scoop so that all the cookies would be the same size, then rolled the dough into balls.
  • I did not need to dip the glass into oil when I rolled the cookies in sprinkles, but definitely do that when pressing down on the plain cookies.
  • Find a flat bottomed glass to to the pressing.
  • The key is to press the cookies just until the edges start to separate slightly. The plain ones above were pressed too thin. I had 5 dozen to practice on!
  • Like with most of my cookies, I baked these on Half Sheet Pans lined with Parchment Paper Baking Sheets .

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Old-Fashioned Amish Sugar Cookies | Perfect for any occasion!

Old-Fashioned Amish Sugar Cookies

Yields 5 dozen     adjust servings

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 10-12 minutes
Total Time 20 mins


  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 cup butter, at room temperature
  • 1 cup vegetable oil (I used canola)
  • 2 eggs, at room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 4 1/4 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1 teaspoon salt


Mix together the sugar, powdered sugar, butter and vegetable oil. Add eggs and vanilla and beat well.

In another bowl, whisk together, the flour, baking soda, cream of tartar and salt. Slowly mix the dry ingredients into the sugar mixture until it's all incorporated.

Cover dough with plastic wrap and chill a few hours or overnight.

To make, line baking sheets with parchment paper and preheat oven to 325º. Roll dough into 1-inch balls and place on baking sheets.

 With a flat bottom glass, first dip the glass in vegetable oil, then sugar before flattening each dough ball. Press down just until the edges separate slightly. Sprinkle tops with coarse sugar if desired.

Bake for 10-12 minutes.


Recipe Notes

For more festive cookies, roll dough balls in colored sugar or sprinkles, press with a glass and bake as directed.

Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
Amount Per Serving As Served
Calories 1379kcal Calories from fat 753
% Daily Value
Total Fat 84g 129%
Saturated Fat 27g 135%
Transfat 2g
Cholesterol 162mg 54%
Sodium 650mg 27%
Carbohydrate 146g 49%
Dietary Fiber 3g 12%
Sugars 64g
Protein 14g

Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs:

Calories 2000
Total Fat Less than 65g
Sat Fat Less than 25g
Cholesterol Less than 300mg
Sodium Less than 2,400mg
Total Carbohydrate 300g
Dietary Fiber 25g
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  1. So looking forward to trying my hand at your Amish wonders. Some how it seems the old time church cookbook authors got so many things right =) Wishing you and yours all the best this holiday season, Liz.

    P.s. Congratulations and thank you for sharing the guarded recipe =)

  2. Very festive! I can see kids going straight for these fun cookies:@)

  3. They are so festive and beautiful with those colourful sprinkles!

  4. I love how you unearth vintage recipes Liz. These are a must try! I need sprinkles too, they make them look amazing.

  5. These are so bakery worthy ! love the colors!

  6. These cookies look delicious, the recipe and ingredients are very simple and easy to do it, can why to try it on my own, thanks for sharing this posts and also the photos are great.

  7. Wow, these look INCREDIBLE. Sugar cookie season is my favorite season and I cannot wait to try these!

  8. Liz, thank you for this! These are so perfect! Not too complicated. I’ve just found my Christmas cookie baking project.

  9. Love these Liz, pinning and sharing!

  10. These cookies are absolutely perfect for the holidays! So pretty and absolutely festive 🙂

  11. Heading to Amish country this weekend. Love these little cookies and hope I will spy some. But I’m so happy you’ve given me the recipe!

  12. These are so festive! I can’t say I’ve ever tried this type of sugar cookie, and they sound so unique in their own way. I’ll be putting it on the must-try list!

  13. Love how festive these are!

  14. So simple yet perfect ! Thank you Liz !

  15. Looks amazing!!!

  16. I love these cookies – so perfectly festive for the holidays!

  17. These are perfect for the holidays!

  18. These are chillin’ in my fridge right now!! Can’t wait to bake and eat them! Cheers!

  19. These cookies look colorful and yum!

  20. Wow, butter and oil! I definitely have to make these.

  21. These not only look pretty, but sound like a delicious recipe to try too. Thanks for sharing your recipe on Merry Monday. Pinned and will be one of my feature picks on the next party.

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