amish sugar cookies

You will LOVE these super moist, cake-like cookies. They were a specialty of my Swiss-German great grandmother, Rosina.

When the recipe was passed down to me about 20 years ago it carried the name of Amish Sugar Cookie. I have always wondered if these cookies were a specialty carried with her from Berne Switzerland, or if it’s a recipe she learned from the Amish community while living in Berne, Indiana.

Cookie Batter
3 cups sugar
2 cups oil
4 eggs
2 cups buttermilk
3 teaspoons of vanilla extract
2 teaspoons of baking soda
1½ teaspoons of salt
8 cups flour
2 tablespoons baking powder

2 teaspoons of butter
1 box of powdered sugar
9 tablespoons heavy cream


Preheat the over to 350 degrees.

Cream together the sugar, oil and eggs. Next, add the buttermilk, vanilla, soda, and salt. Stir to combine. Continue by adding the flour and baking powder. The mixture may seem a bit runny – don’t worry.

Mix the frosting ingredients together until creamy. Set aside.

Drop batter onto a cookie sheet , I use a little less than ¼ cup per cookie. I can fit about eight cookies per baking sheet. Bake for 8-10 minutes until lightly golden around the edges.

After the cookies have been removed from the oven (and are still warm) place a small amount of frosting on top of each cookie.

Makes 34 large cookies.

*These cookie freeze nicely.

6 Responses to “amish sugar cookies”

  • Anne Says:

    These are very soft and tender, 10 to 12 minutes baking time is enough even if you think they are to pale, I didn’t use the frosting, just sprinkled sugar chrystals before baking, they are very very yummy and quick & easy to mix up, the dough is soft but don’t add more flour, trust the recipe. so good!!!!

  • Kristine J Says:

    These cookies were the perfect treat for my kids and me today … celebrating our first day of summer break. The recipe is spot on, I cooked them for 10 minutes and they turned out really well. They are unlike your typical sugar cookie, these are more cake-like and even seem lighter – if you can believe that.

    The frosting was so good, I wanted to get it with a spoon … I may have had a couple of bites when no one was watching!

  • Julie Hairston Says:

    These cookies are too dangerous for me! These are the kind I could finish off in a day! Creamy, cakey, buttermilky, yummy!!!

  • Lilly Says:

    Hm, do you have healthy recipes? I see butter and oil frequently.

  • Judy Stroske, LVHMA Farmers Market Coordinator Says:

    Made these last week–93 year old Dad complained “why did you make so many?”, but all were gone within 3 days! (I did halve the recipe and made smaller cookies). Delicious!

  • Debbie Says:

    Love these cookies and especially love the family recipe from our Great Grandmother – Thanks Stephanie