From the kitchen of One Perfect Bite...As part of another project I've been working on, I've been taking a close look at Amish recipes. This one came up over and over again and it appeared so often in my searches that I don't know who to credit for the original version of the cookies. As a matter of fact, despite its title, I'm not sure the cookies are actually Amish. I can tell you that it has proved to be an enormously popular recipe that has staying power. It refuses to go away. These days, the Silver Fox and I don't need 5 dozen cookie in the kitchen, so I took the base recipe and created a half-batch version that is more in keeping with the needs of our small household. The cookies are simple to make and if you are looking for a basic sugar cookie this recipe has your name on it. I follow the recipe to a tee, save for the fact I refrigerate the dough for an hour or so before I shape and bake it to minimize the spread of cookies on the pans. This is a nice, if somewhat basic cookie, and I know those of you who try the recipe will be pleased with your results. Here is how the "Amish" sugar cookies are made.
Amish Sugar Cookies...from the kitchen of One Perfect Bite original source unknown
1/2 cup butter, room temperature
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup confectioners' sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
2-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar
1) Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
1) In large bowl, beat butter, oil and both sugars. Add egg and beat until well blended. Beat in vanilla.
2) Combine flour, baking soda and cream of tartar. Gradually add to creamed mixture.
3) Drop by small teaspoonfuls onto ungreased baking sheets. Bake for 8-10 minutes or until lightly browned. Remove to wire racks to cool. Yield: about 2-1/2 dozen.
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