• 4 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1 cup salted butter, softened
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. In a large bowl combine the flour, salt, baking soda, and cream of tartar. Set aside.
  2. Using a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, cream the butter, oil, granulated sugar, and confectioners' sugar until the mixture is light and fluffy. Beat in the eggs one at a time until they are well blended. Add the vanilla.
  3. Gradually add the flour mixture to the creamed mixture. Mix until well blended, scraping the sides of the bowl as necessary with a silicone spatula.
  4. Using a cookie scoop, drop the cookies 1 inch apart onto ungreased baking sheets. Bake at 350 degrees until they are lightly browned, 8-10 minutes. Let the cookies cool slightly on the baking sheets before transferring them to a cooling rack. Enjoy!


  • large bowl
  • stand mixer with paddle attachment
  • silicone spatula
  • cookie scoop
  • 2 baking sheets
  • cooling rack

Recipe Notes

Optional: Sprinkle your cookies with sanding sugar prior to baking for a festive look.

Don't let the simplicity of this recipe fool you -- Amish sugar cookies can certainly hold their own on the cookie plate! These delicate, soft, and buttery treats taste somewhat similar to shortbread. They are also known as Nazareth sugar cookies because they originated in Nazareth, Pennsylvania, in the 1700s. There are many variations on the Amish sugar cookie, but our recipe is close to the original. Like you can with most sugar cookies, you can add your own spin to the flavor of these cookies or adorn them with festive sprinkles or sugary icing.

How To Make Your Amish Sugar Cookies Your Own

lemon slice and peels

Amish sugar cookies are delightfully delicious on their own; however, it's also possible to jazz them up a bit by playing with different flavors or adding a sugary topping. You may find that you prefer some of these add-ins:

  • lemon zest
  • orange zest
  • almond extract
  • peppermint extract
  • cinnamon
  • nutmeg
  • chocolate chips
  • sanding sugar
  • sprinkles
  • buttercream
  • royal icing

Diet-Friendly Variations

three eggs

Amish sugar cookies include ingredients like flour, butter, sugar, confectioners' sugar, and eggs, so they are not suitable for all diets. Fortunately, there are substitutes readily available for those with dietary restrictions.


Replace the dairy butter with vegan butter. To avoid any bone char, replace both granulated sugar and confectioners' sugar with vegan-friendly sugars. Look for brands like Wholesome Sweeteners that provide a wide variety of vegan baking products. Replace the eggs with a vegan egg substitute, such as the Ener-G egg replacer, or use silken tofu or flaxseed.


Replace all-purpose flour with gluten-free flour. Confectioners' sugar is commonly gluten-free. Powdered sugar usually contains cornstarch or tapioca starch with sugar. However, it's best to check the label to be safe.

Amish sugar cookies would make the perfect addition to your holiday cookie platter. The overall simplicity of this tasty treat makes it easy to customize and enhance. Try to create some of these classic cookies the next time you do some baking. Your family and friends will love them!

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