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Granny's Sugar Cookies

Granny's Sugar Cookies are melt-in-your-mouth good and super easy to make. Dress these cookies up for any occasion by using colored sugar crystals.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time25 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: amish sugar cookies, Granny's Sugar Cookies, simple sugar cookies
Servings: 72
Calories: 95kcal
Author: Megan


  • 1 cup margarine
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup powdered (confectioner's) sugar
  • 4 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • Sugar - regular or colored sugar crystals


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Cream together margarine, sugar, oil, eggs, powdered sugar.
  • Sift together flour, cream of tartar, baking soda, and salt.
  • Add sifted, dry ingredients to the creamed mixture and mix well.
  • Drop by teaspoonful onto a cookie sheet.
  • Flatten each cookie with a glass dipped in sugar.
  • Bake until slightly browned, about 9 to 11 minutes depending on your oven.
  • Let cool on baking sheet for 1 minute before transferring to cooling rack.


Notes about Granny's Simple Sugar Cookies

  • This recipe makes about 6 dozen cookies.
  • The dough for these Amish sugar cookies might be a bit soft once mixed. If it's a bit sticky, you can add another 1/2 to 3/4 cup of flour.
  • The original recipe calls for both sugar and powdered sugar. Sugar is granulated (basic sugar) while powdered sugar is also known as confectioner's sugar - the fine white sugar that is used in icing, etc.
  • You can use a fancy cookie scoop to get these onto a pan or simply use a spoon and butter knife.
  • These cookies can stick to the pan so you might want to use parchment paper or one of those silicon baking mats. If you do just use a cookie sheet, be sure to let them rest for just a minute out of the oven before you take them off the pan.
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Calories: 95kcal | Carbohydrates: 10g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 5mg | Sodium: 79mg | Potassium: 17mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 119IU | Calcium: 3mg | Iron: 1mg