Amish Sugar Cakes Recipe -
Amish Sugar Cakes Recipe
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Amish Sugar Cakes

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"Big, soft, Amish sugar cookies, called sugar 'cakes'."

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Original recipe makes 2 1/2 dozen Change Servings
  • PREP

    15 mins
  • COOK

    12 mins

    30 mins


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease cookie sheets.
  2. In a large bowl, cream together the shortening and 2 cups sugar until smooth. Stir in the eggs, one at a time, then the vanilla. Combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda, cream of tartar and salt; stir into the creamed mixture alternately with the buttermilk until well blended. Place big heaping tablespoonfuls onto prepared cookie sheets about 3 inches apart. Sprinkle each cookie with some of the remaining sugar.
  3. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes in the preheated oven, until edges begin to turn golden. Remove from baking sheets to cool on wire racks. When cool, store in an airtight container.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Dec 12, 2006

This is very similar to a recipe my family has been using since before I was born! Use a tsp instead of a tbsp of baking soda, omit the cream of tarter, and replace the shortening with butter, and you will have the most delicious and dreamy sugar cookie ever!

Most Helpful Critical Review
Nov 29, 2005

These cookies are tasty but not wonderful. I would recommend halving the recipe. It was like the never ending bowl of batter. I must have already made 60 cookies and then just dumped the remainder of the batter into a brownie pan for pan cookies. The recipe said it made 30 cookies but they must have been the size of pie plates in that case. I was also worried about how runny the batter was but it did turn out fine, the batter doesn't spread much. Good but not great in my opinion.

Nov 12, 2003

As a fan of soft cookies, I thought these were really good. If you leave them in the oven too long, they will be hard -- pull them out too early and they fall apart. You can tell the cookies are just done enough when the tops no longer glisten.

Dec 12, 2003

this recipe is excellent, these were the best sugar cookies i have ever made. i didn't have buttermilk, so i used 1 Tbsp vinegar and 1 cup milk instead, and they were still so very chewey and tasty! I recommend this to everyone.

Jun 30, 2009

These have been my favorite cookies since I was a little girl. So light and not too sweet. My recipe calls for 4 cups of flour and the batter is perfect. I also just use milk soured with 1 Tblsp or lemon juice instead of the buttermilk. We like to use red or green sugar for the sprinkles on top at Christmas, red for valentines day, green for St Patty's day, and orange for halloween. These are the cookies of choice for my three kids and husband. The absolute BEST coffee cookie!

Nov 06, 2003

these are fabulous! they are huge and soft and puffy! the batch makes about a thousand cookies so i chilled 1/2 for later but ended up making them anyways because my husband and i couldnt stop eating them! chill before scooping for easier handling. i will be making these often! try them, you'll love them too! might be good w/mini m&m's too.

Feb 09, 2009

This reminds me of my grandmother's soft sugar cookies but a little dfferent. If you are expecting sweet sugar cookie, this is NOT the one for you. But it is the kind that I like best! I added a 1/2 c more flour and chilled for one hour.

Dec 06, 2003

This really was the best sugar cookie recipe--ever! So very easy and quick. I was concerned over very soft and runny batter, but shouldn't have been,,,,,,,,, turned out perfect.


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  • Calories
  • 186 kcal
  • 9%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 26.7 g
  • 9%
  • Cholesterol
  • 19 mg
  • 6%
  • Fat
  • 7.9 g
  • 12%
  • Fiber
  • 0.4 g
  • 2%
  • Protein
  • 2.4 g
  • 5%
  • Sodium
  • 97 mg
  • 4%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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