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Amish sugar cookies garnished with red and green sprinkles for the holidays

Old-Fashioned Amish Sugar Cookies

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

I decked out these melt in your mouth Amish sugar cookies in red and green sprinkles for the holidays, but they’re just as delicious rolled in simple granulated sugar or any kind of sprinkles your heart desires!

Old-Fashioned Amish Sugar Cookies stacked on a white plate

Old-Fashioned Amish Sugar Cookies

I shared a Facebook teaser a couple of 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!

3 Old-Fashioned Amish Sugar Cookies on a tear shaped white plate

Tips for Making Amish Sugar Cookies

My family loves the classic, frosted, cut out sugar cookies for the holidays. There are also these festive Pinwheel Cookies which are also sugar cookies but made of two different colored doughs layered, rolled and cut to make beautiful spirals. These Amish cookies 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 do 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.

And for tips on how to make the classic roll-out Christmas sugar cookies, check out this post on How to Make Sugar Cookies.

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Old-Fashioned Amish Sugar Cookies on a white square plate

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

Old-Fashioned Amish Sugar Cookies

These Amish Sugar Cookies are the comforting, delicious cookies your grandmother used to bake!

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Total Time 32 minutes
Yield 5 dozen


  • 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.


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

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:

2 cookies

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 228Total Fat: 14gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 8gCholesterol: 29mgSodium: 166mgCarbohydrates: 24gFiber: 0gSugar: 10gProtein: 2g


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57 comments on “Old-Fashioned Amish Sugar Cookies”

  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. So simple yet perfect ! Thank you Liz !

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

  15. These are perfect for the holidays!

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

  17. These cookies look colorful and yum!

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

  19. 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.

  20. Looks delish!!!! One question though. Can I use this recipe for cutout cookies?

  21. What prep did you change to get the cookies in the photo? Just pressing with a flat bottomed glass didn’t give me the same look.

    • Hi, Marsha,

      I rolled the dough between my two palms to get a well formed ball, then I rolled in the sprinkles. I didn’t need to oil the glass when the dough was covered in sprinkles, so I just pressed with the glass until they flattened. If yours cookies aren’t perfectly round when they come out of the oven, use a spatula to gently tap the edges into a better circle while they’re still hot. Also, they might flatten easier if you let the dough warm up just a bit at room temperature. I hope this helps!

  22. These made my kitchen smell just heavenly! You know when something that wonderful makes your house smell like your mom is baking in your kitchen you wont be disappointed! The only problem with the recipe…. I need to quadruple it, we just can’t stay out of them!

  23. These sugar cookies look amazing! I can’t wait to make a couple batches and take them to our next get together!

  24. These cookies are absolutely perfect! These are on my rotation for sure!

  25. Sometimes the simplest recipes are the best- these look like melt in your mouth good cookies!

  26. These look so fun and festive! They’ll look gorgeous on a Christmas cookie platter!

  27. Love a good old-fashioned cookie – the simpler the better!

  28. These are amazing!! I’m baking my third batch! I ran out of vegetable oil and I had to use canola I hope they turn out just as amazing !! Thanks for the recipe 

  29. Finally….I found the cookie recipe that’s been lost for almost 30 years! I’m not sure if the measurements are the same, but these cookies taste like the ones I miss so much! And i used the same punch bowl glass that my mom had to press the cookies down to make a bit of a star design on the cookie. These are SOOOO good I could eat the entire batch. Even if these are slightly overbaked (my last bit of dough made a tiny one), it’s just crispy deliciousness (is that a word?). These are just that good! Thanks for reviving the memories of my teenage years with this recipe….I won’t lose it again!

    • Oh, I’m so glad, Sharon! One of my friends was looking for this recipe for years! When she finally found it, she shared with me. Thanks for letting me know! xo

  30. These bring back so many childhood memories of the holidays! So yummy!

  31. Holiday favorite in our house!

  32. These look like the PERFECT sugar cookies!

  33. I love how festive these cookies are!

  34. These are perfect holiday treats! My kids really enjoyed them!

  35. Can you use raw sugar in this Amish sugar cookies 

  36. We love making these for Christmas! So cute!!

  37. Made these for our Christmas party and they were a hit. Also they were so festive and colorful. Thanks for yet another great recipe.

  38. My dough is pretty wet and after rolling in sugar/ sprinkles and dipping cup in oil they are sticking to the glass…Help… What could be wrong? It is warm today so I just turned on the air…

  39. These cookies look amazing. I love the way you’ve decorated them.

  40. Hello, Liz! These Amish cookies look so tempting, yum! I have one question, though. My daughter is allergic to eggs. Do you think I could substitute with baking powder and vinegar? Or what would you recommend? Thank you in advance!

    • Oh, gosh, I wish I had an answer for you! I know there are all sorts of egg substitutes, but I’ve never tested any. If you’ve found one that works in cookies, I’d give it a try—-maybe just a half a recipe so you don’t waste the ingredients if it doesn’t work. Sorry I’m couldn’t be of more help! Good luck!

  41. Absolutely love the video, nicely done! These sugar cookies look so cute and delicious!

  42. Lizzy ! what beautiful sugar cookies ! like all yours recipes, yesterday I post my first Christmas recipe !!! xo

  43. I made these today, after chilling overnight, and they were wonderful! The dough is so fluffy and yummy. They were easy, very festive and reminded me of cookies I had as a child. I did have to stick the dough in the freezer for a bit after the 3rd dozen, since it was getting so warm in the kitchen. The dough becomes too soft when not a little chilled. And I wasn’t sure what they should look like when finished, but I found just the slightest browning and just a little softened worked well as they harden once cool. I will be saving this recipe for next year for sure! It’s so nice not to make royal icing! Thanks so much for sharing and Merry Christmas!🎄

  44. A holiday wish for you and your family to have the best healthy happiest season ever an much of the very same through the new year all the best Claudia

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