Saturday, December 18, 2010

100 year old Amish sugar cookie recipe, Christmas sarifice, Gift of the magi, social and economic obligations, air fresheners

Ok....So, I'm done with my three day silent temper fit over xmas.  Now I'm ready to grudgingly co-operate with the social an economic obligations of the season.  I have too. In a sacrificial  gesture worthy of the magi, Jimmy brought in scented candles and cinnamon pine cones.  He said maybe the traditional holiday stinks  would get me in the mood. To let you know what a magnanimous gesture this was on his part...... Jimmy hates scented candles , air fresheners and  that sort of thing.  After his sacrifice I had to bend just a little bit, so I hunted through all of my obscure cook books to find just the right cookie recipe.  My father gave me an Amish cook book  many years ago and I found the following recipe for soft sugar cookies.   It is a large recipe so if you need to make  a huge amount of cookies for some reason this is a great one to use.  The cookies? ...they are melt in your mouth yummy.   The only problem with the recipe is that it did not give an exact temp for them, it said 12 minutes at 350-400 degrees. It took three cookie sheets to get it right. 350 degrees  at 8 minutes was the  sweet spot.  Don't wait for the cookies to brown  they will be all dried out. Even if they don't look done, remove at 8 minutes.

100 year old Amish  sugar cookie recipe

1 pound butter
3 cups  sugar
4 well beaten eggs
8 cups flour
1/2 tsp salt
2 tsp soda
4 tsp baking powder
2 cups heavy cream
1 tbsn vanilla

Cream together butter,sugar,eggs and vanilla. Then add your cream slowly.  Then add all other ingredients. Roll out dough to about 1/2 inch thick and  cut  desired shape.  Bake for 8 minutes at 350 degrees.  Do not over bake as this will dry out your cookies. You may need to experiment with the temp a bit as each oven differs.  


  1. I really love cookies. This one is great. I just tried this last Friday and it has a good taste. Thanks for recipe but putting some photos can make your post more interesting in some readers.

  2. Thanks Melanie for the compliment! I will try to add more photos in the future. But I cant promise anything. Mostly... because I'm a less than talented photographer. That said... try putting a sweet glaze on these cookies (milk egg and sugar) It makes them tastier and prettier.