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Sugar Cookies

John's Amish Sugar Cookies

Cookie recipe that's supposed to be similar to Lofthouse. I don't think it is, but the cookies are very good.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword Amish, Chilled Sugar Cookies, John's
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Total Time 22 minutes
Servings 30
Author Cookie Madness


  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar (100 grams)
  • 1/2 cup confectioners’ sugar (60 grams)
  • 1/2 cup salted butter or use 1/2 cup unsalted plus 3/8 scant teaspoon salt** (114 grams)
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 3/4 cup all-purpose flour, bleached if you have some (240 grams)
  • 1/2 cup cornstarch
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp cream of tartar


  • 4 tablespoons butter (52 grams)
  • 1 3/4 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla plus any other flavorings you like almond, orange
  • 1-3 tablespoons whole milk
  • Pinch salt if using unsalted butter


  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
  • Cream the sugar, confectioners sugar, butter and oil. Reduce speed of mixer and beat in the egg and vanilla.
  • In a separate bowl, thoroughly stir together flour, cornstarch, baking soda and cream of tartar. Gradually add flour mixture to butter mixture. Batter should be too soft to roll, but thicker than actual batter. You can bake the cookies immediately or chill the dough until you’re ready. Chilled dough is easier to work with.
  • When ready to bake, scoop up tablespoons of dough and shape into 1 inch (ish) balls. Place each ball in a cupcake wrapper lined muffin tin and bake for 10-12 minutes or until cookies appear done. Let cool completely. The cookies are very tender, so I froze mine before icing. Ice the frozen cookies. Keep in a covered container.
  • Makes about 2 ½ dozen cookies
  • **Margarine works too, and the ingredient list on the original Lofthouse cookies includes margarine.