My Amish neighbor made these as gifts and I swear I couldn’t stop eating them



  • 1/2 cup salted butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla paste or extract
  • 1 egg
  • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar

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  1. Preheat the Oven:
    Preheat your oven to 365°F (185°C).
  2. Cream Butter and Sugars:
    In a large bowl or using a stand mixer, beat the softened butter, vegetable oil, granulated sugar, and powdered sugar together until the mixture becomes light and fluffy. This should take a few minutes.
  3. Add Vanilla and Egg:
    Add the vanilla paste or extract to the butter mixture and then add the egg. Continue to beat until the vanilla and egg are well incorporated.
  4. Sift Dry Ingredients:
    In a separate bowl, sift together the all-purpose flour, baking soda, and cream of tartar. This helps ensure even distribution of leavening agents and a smoother dough.
  5. Combine Wet and Dry Ingredients:
    Gradually add half of the sifted dry ingredients to the butter mixture. Gently fold the mixture together until the ingredients are well combined. Then, add the remaining half of the dry ingredients and fold until the dough is completely smooth. Be careful not to overmix; just mix until no streaks of flour remain.
  6. Prepare Baking Sheets:
    Line a baking sheet with parchment paper to prevent the cookies from sticking.
  7. Shape Cookies:
    Using a teaspoon, scoop out portions of the cookie dough and drop them onto the prepared baking sheet. Leave about an inch of space between each cookie as they will spread while baking.
  8. Bake:
    Place the baking sheet in the preheated oven and bake for approximately 10 minutes. The cookies should become lightly browned around the edges and no longer appear shiny on top.
  9. Cool:
    Once baked, remove the cookies from the oven and allow them to cool on the baking sheet for a few minutes. Then, transfer the cookies to a wire rack to cool completely.
  10. Enjoy:
    Once the Amish Sugar Cookies have cooled, they are ready to be enjoyed! Store any leftovers in an airtight container to keep them fresh.


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