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The Best Amish Sugar Cookies

Cakey Amish Sugar cookies

These Amish Sugar cookies with buttermilk are a combination of recipes from my Amish relatives. These yummy, cake-like sugar cookies are as close as I could get to the sugar cookies I spent hours scooping out onto baking sheets (over the busy holiday season) at the Amish bakery where I worked part time as a teenager. Contrary to popular belief, not all Amish sugar cookies are made with vegetable oil and confectioner’s sugar. Flipping through an old Amish recipe book, with multiple sugar cookie recipes, I found a variety of different methods and my preference has been the combination of butter and shortening, which produces a soft and fluffy, cake-like sugar cookie! See below the recipe for more Photos and Notes.

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Amish Sugar Cookies

The Best Amish Sugar Cookies

These soft and fluffy sugar cookies are similar to the popular cookies sold at an Amish bakery! Add your favorite sprinkles or brown sugar for fun and tasty toppings.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Total Time 42 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine Amish
Servings 3 dozen


  • 1/2 cup softened butter
  • 1/2 cup vegetable shortening (Crisco)
  • 1 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 4 large eggs room temperature
  • 1 cup buttermilk *see note.
  • 1 teaspoon almond or vanilla extract
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 4 1/2 cups flour All Purpose

Optional Toppings:

  • brown sugar and granulated sugar 1:1 ratio
  • Sprinkles


Preheat oven to 350.

  • Cream butter, shortening and sugars together until smooth and well combined. Add room temperature eggs (see note below), buttermilk and extract. Whisk (or mix with a hand mixer) the wet ingredients until well combined.
  • Combine the dry ingredients in a separate bowl and then stir the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients until the flour is completely incorporated and no lumps remain.
  • Drop the sugar cookies (with a spoon or ice cream scoop) onto parchment lined baking sheets. Sprinkle the tops of the cookie dough with a half and half mixture of brown sugar and granulated sugar, or press sprinkles onto the tops of the cookies. Bake the Amish sugar cookies in the preheated oven for 10-12 minutes, until the center of the cookie is set and the cookies have lightly browned on the edges.
  • Sprinkle additional brown sugar onto the cookies (optional) and enjoy! See notes and photos below.


You can also make your own buttermilk substitute by adding 1 tablespoon of lemon juice or distilled white vinegar to 1 cup minus 1 tablespoon of whole milk. 
Keyword Amish, Sugar cookies, Soft
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Step 1: cream room temperature butter, shortening and sugars together.


Combining butter and shortening in the recipe gives you the nice flavor of butter, while the shortening (which is 100% fat and contains no water) helps to prevent too much spread in the cookies and produces a softer, more cake-like cookie.


Add the eggs at room temperature in order to cream them into the butter, shortening and sugars more easily.

Step 1 continued: Add the remaining wet ingredients and combine. (some curdling may occur with the addition of buttermilk, but does not change the texture of the cookie.)
Step 2: Add the dry ingredients and mix until well combined, but avoid overmixing. The cookie dough should be slightly thicker than cake batter, but thinner than rolled cookies.


If you prefer chewier cookies you can try refrigerating the cookie dough for 30-60 minutes, or the dough can be frozen for 15 minutes before baking.

Step 3: Drop the Amish sugar cookie dough onto parchment lined baking sheets and sprinkle with your choice of the brown sugar mixture or sprinkles.


These cookies make an excellent option for Christmas because you can use your favorite Christmas sprinkles and enjoy the cookies with a hot cup of tea!

Step 4: Add additional sugar (optional) cool and enjoy!


Store these cookies in an airtight container. To prevent the cookies from sticking onto each other (as is common with cakey cookies) you can separate them with parchment paper. These Amish sugar cookies can be kept at room temperature for 5-7 days, or they can be stored in the freezer for up to 3 months.

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  1. Christine says:

    This looks really good please send me the website thank you

  2. Annita Melton says:

    I love your recipes. Would love to see more

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