For all of the shortbread cookie fans out there, today’s recipe is for you! These Amish Chocolate Chip Cookies have the taste and texture of a shortbread cookie – with that always-welcome addition of melty chocolate chips. And with no refrigeration time needed, your first tray of cookies will be ready to enjoy in just 20 minutes!
Amish Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe
Any one else a huge farmer’s market fan?
One of my favorite things about our neighborhood is that we are walking distance to a weekly farmer’s market. We try to stroll down every week to grab fresh produce and yummy baked goods, while enjoying some local entertainment. It’s not only cheaper than the supermarket, it’s so much more fun and I love that we’re supporting local farmers and vendors with our purchases.
One of my mom’s favorite treats at the farmer’s market are these chocolate chip cookies that are a staple at many of the Amish or Mennonite stalls. They always have a scrumptious assortment of quick breads, jams and cookies and whenever these are on offer, I grab her a package.
Now, I’ll be honest: these are not my favorite chocolate chip cookies. They are tasty and incredibly quick and easy to whip up, but the lack of brown sugar means that I’m missing that caramelized note that I personally love in chocolate chip cookies.
But if you’re a fan of that buttery, light yet dense chocolate chip cookie – we have the perfect recipe for you today to recreate them at home! (Which is perfect if you live in an area where these aren’t available every week – or you show up just after the last package has sold out.)
Why are these called Amish chocolate chip cookies? I’ve only ever had these type of cookies from Amish or Mennonite vendors and the recipe that I adapted them from is an Sugar Cookie recipe from an Amish cookbook, so I think it’s only fair to give credit where credit is due!
A unique aspect to these cookies (which I think makes sense when you think of the culture they originated from) is that not only are all of the ingredients common and shelf-stable pantry staples, but the recipe also yields a large amount of cookies despite being a very quick recipe. That makes sense when you think of large Amish families and how much there is to do around the farm in a day!
Can these cookies be frozen? Yes! That is one of the best things about these cookies is that they freeze beautifully. Just wrap the cookies and place in an airtight freezer container for up to 3 months. (This set of freezer containers is a crazy bargain.)
Check out our quick recipe video to see how to make your own Amish chocolate chip cookies – and then don’t forget to scroll down to grab your printable recipe card:
Amish Chocolate Chip Cookie Ingredients
- Butter, room temperature
- Vegetable Oil
- White Sugar
- Powdered Icing Sugar
- Egg, room temperature
- Vanilla Extract
- All-Purpose Flour
- Baking Soda
- Cream of Tartar <– this is a staple in our home for everything from snickerdoodle cookies to homemade play dough
- Chocolate Chips
Scroll down to the printable recipe card for full measurements.
Tip: I also like adding a bit of cinnamon to the cookie batter, but that is optional and up to personal preference.
Kitchen Tools You May Find Helpful
- Electric Mixer <– this is a great hand mixer if you don’t want to make the investment into a stand mixer
- Measuring cups and spoons
- Medium-sized mixing bowl
- Cookie Sheet <– you will want two so you can bake one tray while the other is cooling
- Parchment paper
- Cookie scoop
How to Make Amish Chocolate Chip Cookies
Preheat oven to 375ºF.
Using an electric mixer, beat together the butter, oil, white sugar and powdered icing sugar in a large bowl.
Beat in the egg and vanilla until just combined.
In a medium-sized bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, cream of tartar and cinnamon (if using).
Add the flour mixture to the butter mixture and beat until combined. Fold in the chocolate chips to your personal taste.
Use a 1 Tablespoon-sized cookie scoop to portion out scoops of the cookie dough onto ungreased cookie sheets, about 2” apart.
Bake each tray for 8 minutes, until the edges are just slightly golden (the top of the cookies will still be quite pale).
Allow the baked cookies to cool on the cookie sheet for 2 minutes before transferring to a cooling rack.
Makes approximately 42 cookies.
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Grab your free printable recipe card for our Amish chocolate chip cookie recipe:
- 1/2 cup butter, room temperature
- 1/2 cup oil
- 1/2 cup white sugar
- 1/2 cup powdered icing sugar
- 1 egg
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 2 1/4 cup flour
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon cream of tartar
- 1 cup chocolate chips, or to taste
- Preheat oven to 375ºF.
- Using an electric mixer, beat together the butter, oil, white sugar and powdered icing sugar in a large bowl.
- Beat in the egg and vanilla until just combined.
- In a medium-sized bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, cream of tartar and cinnamon (if using).
- Add the flour mixture to the butter mixture and beat until combined. Fold in the chocolate chips to your personal taste.
- Use a 1 Tablespoon-sized cookie scoop to portion out scoops of the cookie dough onto ungreased cookie sheets, about 2” apart.
- Bake each tray for 8 minutes, until the edges are just slightly golden (the top of the cookies will still be quite pale).
- Allow the baked cookies to cool on the cookie sheet for 2 minutes before transferring to a cooling rack.
If desired, add a teaspoon of cinnamon to the cookie batter.
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Amount Per Serving: Calories: 104Total Fat: 6gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 10mgSodium: 35mgCarbohydrates: 12gFiber: 0gSugar: 6gProtein: 1g
I hope your family loves these Amish Chocolate Chip Cookies as much as mine does!
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