Amish Sugar Cookies {Crisp Homestyle Sugar Cookies}


I’m seriously so excited to have found this recipe! To me sugar cookies come in four varieties (there’s probably more I just haven’t tried them yet), there are the frosted kind, which are definitely one of my other favorites, chewy, the cut out and iced fancy kind or these crisp with a hint of fluffy, melt away in your mouth sugar cookies.

These are the kind you’ll often see around the holidays. I love the Pepperidge Farm sugar cookies that are similar to these (the Homestyle not the soft), I remember one Christmas when I discovered them I bought like eight bags because I thought they were a seasonal thing and wouldn’t last long. These however are even much better than those, these are fresh and of course fresh is better.

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With this cookie dough batter, if you find that it is too sticky, add in a little more flour. If you find that it is too dry you can add a tablespoon of milk. The dough for these cookies is pretty forgiving if it needs to be adjusted slightly.

Also use the scoop and level method – I never use the spoon and level method unless I specify in the recipe so I thought I’d throw that out there.

If you are wondering why I’ve often frequently switched to unsalted butter vs salted – yes I still like to use salted when baking and I’ve noticed within the U.S. the salt amounts in the butter are very similar, but outside of the U.S. I’ve heard the butters contain more salt in some countries so I don’t want some people ending up with a cookie that’s too salty.

These cookies may likely remind you of that classic sugar cookie you’d reach for in your grandmothers cookie jar. They are old fashioned and perfect for dunking in milk so be sure you have some stocked in your fridge. Enjoy!

Amish Sugar Cookies | Cooking Classy

Amish Sugar Cookies | Cooking Classy

I made these with the same batch of cookie dough, I just flattened the ones below more than the ones above (the ones above I only flattened out the tops to have an even layer so the sprinkles wouldn’t just roll off). Personally I preferred the flatter one, it reminds me more of the classic I’m used to. I also prefer them with the sugar sprinkles, but the kids will love the multi-colored nonpareils.

Amish Sugar Cookies | Cooking Classy

Amish Sugar Cookies | Cooking Classy

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Amish Sugar Cookies (Crisp Sugar Cookies)

4.8 from 5 votes

A deliciously tender sugar cookie! A good old fashioned recipe, made with basic ingredients and easy to make.

Servings: 30
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes


  • 2 1/3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp cream of tartar
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter , at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • Sprinkles for topping (I prefer the sugar ones but the non-pariels are fun too)


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. In a mixing bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, baking powder, cream of tartar, and salt, set aside. 

  2. In the bowl of an electric stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream together butter, vegetable oil, granulated sugar and powdered sugar until blended. Mix in egg and vanilla. 
  3. With mixer set on low speed, slowly add in dry ingredients and mix until combined. 
  4. Scoop dough out by the heaping tablespoonfuls and shape into balls, transfer dough balls to Silpat lined baking sheets spacing cookies 2-inches apart, flatten slightly and top with sprinkles as desired. 
  5. Bake in preheated oven 10 minutes. Remove from oven and cool on a wire rack. Store in an airtight container.
  6. Recipe Source: adapted from Taste of Home
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: sugar cookies
Author: Jaclyn


  • Stacy | Wicked Good Kitchen: Just beautiful, Jaclyn! I love all kinds of sugar cookies…it depends on my mood which I prefer at any given time. I like that you decorated these cookies two different ways. (So clever for pinning at Pinterest seasonally!) Your photography is gorgeous and always inspiring. Thank you for sharing. Pinning! September 23, 2013 at 6:27pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Thanks Stacy! And thanks for pinning! September 29, 2013 at 12:55pm Reply

  • Amy A.: Quick question: do you think that you could use butter flavored Crisco instead of butter? Just curious? Thanks! September 23, 2013 at 6:13pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: I wouldn’t recommend it, you probably could but the cookies won’t spread the same and the flavor wouldn’t be as good. September 27, 2013 at 7:19am Reply

  • Carol: Do you know how many dozen this recipe makes? Thanks. September 23, 2013 at 1:25pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Sorry, I’ve been forgetting to add the yield to the recipes lately. It makes about 2 1/2 dozen. September 23, 2013 at 2:37pm Reply

  • oakley: These are different. I grew up and lived around Amish most of my life and the sugar cookies they made were more cake-like and big. 4 inches across. It used to be breakfast with hot chocolate. If I can get ahold of my friend from Shipshewana, maybe she will share that recipe with me. September 23, 2013 at 7:05am Reply

    • Jaclyn: I’d love to try that version too! September 23, 2013 at 2:50pm Reply

    • Shirley: I live in Middlebury, IN. Not to far from Shipshewanna. I have amish neighbors. I will ask them for their cookie recipe and share it with you. December 19, 2014 at 7:20pm Reply

      • Heather: I grew up in Elkhart (my last name is Yoder) and would LOVE to see if my grandmas recipe is the same a small your neighbors. Could you please send it to me?? Thank you so much! [email protected] January 11, 2018 at 9:38am Reply

  • ATasteOfMadness: Wow, these cookies definitely look like my kind of cookies! These look great! September 22, 2013 at 3:30pm Reply

  • Dana: Amish use sprinkles? They look tasty. September 22, 2013 at 2:07pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Haha probably not but how can I resist them on a sugar cookie :). September 25, 2013 at 6:35pm Reply

  • Abbie @ Needs Salt: These sugar cookies look so delicious! Gorgeous photos, beautifully done.
    Pinning this! September 22, 2013 at 7:57am Reply

    • Jaclyn: Thanks Abbie :)! September 24, 2013 at 7:06am Reply

  • Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar: I love sugar cookies and these sound fabulous! September 22, 2013 at 3:36am Reply

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