Donna Sue’s Church Cookies (Authentic Amish Church Cookies)

25 Jan

This cookie recipe was given to me by Mark’s dearest friend, Donna Sue, a lovely Amish woman whom I have had the privilege to not only meet but the privilege of being welcome in her family’s home anytime. These are the cookies she and her sisters bake for the children attending church on Sunday. Without fail, every time Mark and I visit with her and her family, we are sent home with a couple dozen of these cookies. This is an authentic Amish Cookie Recipe. I have changed nothing about this recipe. All I have done is scale down the ingredients to produce 36 cookies rather than 16 dozen per recipe.

Cookie Ingredients:

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup Crisco shortening
  • 1/4 cup butter (unsalted)
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 2 1/2 cups flour

Icing Ingredients:

  • 1 3/4 cups powdered sugar
  • 4 Tb Crisco Shortening
  • 4 Tb milk
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla
  • sugar sprinkles (optional, sometimes she uses them, sometimes not)

Preheat oven to 350. Line cookie sheets with parchment paper. (No, Donna Sue doesn’t do this, but I need all the help I can get when baking cookies.)

In a large bowl combine sugar, Crisco Shortening, butter, eggs, buttermilk and vanilla. Mix this very well. (I used my hand-held electric mixer on low. Donna Sue uses her hand cranked mixer.) Sift together the baking powder, baking soda, flour and add to the moist ingredients. Stir until all ingredients are mixed thoroughly. Drop approximately 1 tablespoon of batter on the lined cookie sheet. (It’s a very moist cookie batter) Bake for 13-14 minutes. The bottoms will be very lightly browned, the tops look raw, but are firm. Let the cookies cool before icing them.

Combine all the ingredients for the icing, the powdered sugar, Crisco Shortening, milk and vanilla. Mixing it by hand, blend well enough that it is creamed together. Spread over the top of the cooled cookies and add some sprinkles. Now grab a couple for yourself, add a nice warm cup of coffee and enjoy them. I know we will be.

Now Donna Sue would probably say I am making to much of the baking time, she just bakes them until they are done. I have never eaten a bad cookie from her. Please consider she is making these in 16 dozen batches or more every week for the children in church and her own family. On top of that she is cooking with a wood oven, so we had to figure the oven temperature and bake time. My goal was to bake these so they came out as good as the ones she sends home with me every time we visit her.


Posted by on January 25, 2012 in Cookies


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