A sugar cookie recipe that's great for Easter

This recipe for rich sugar cookies (that are great for Easter) comes from the Amish Community Cookbook: Simply Delicious Recipes from Amish and Mennonite Homes by Carole Roth Giagnocavo and the Mennonite Central Committee.
The Amish people are renowned for their rich agricultural heritage, strong community spirit, delicious food. Recipes express their close connection to the land and reliance on fresh, natural ingredients.


1 cup butter
1 cup white sugar
1 cup powdered sugar
1 cup oil
2 eggs, beaten
2 teaspoons vanilla
1 teaspoon cream of tartar
1 teaspoon baking soda
5 ¼ cups flour

Powdered Icing

1 cup powdered sugar
½ teaspoon vanilla
1-2 tablespoons milk
Food coloring (optional)


Blend sugars, butter, and oil; add beaten eggs and vanilla. Mix dry ingredients together and add to egg mixture. Drop onto cookie sheets with your favorite size of cookie scoop; flatten with a fork. Bake at 350 F for 10 minutes

For icing, mix powdered sugar, vanilla, milk (1 tablespoon at a time), and food coloring until spreadable (mixture will thicken slightly as it sets).

If you like this recipe, consider picking up the Amish Community Cookbook, which includes recipes for:
Apple Dumplings, Baked Corn, Barn Raising Dinner, Bread and Butter Pickles, Brown Butter Noodles, Chicken Pot Pie, along with many others.