100 authentic Amish Christmas treats to share with loved ones this holiday season. Gathered from interviews with real Amish grandmothers, tattered recipe boxes, and old books and diaries, here is an assortment of delicious baked goods, casseroles, snacks, and other festive treats that have been and continue to be popular in eastern Pennsylvania, particularly in the Lancaster area. Christmas is a special time in Amish country—candles in the windows, preparations for the school Christmas play, and gas-powered ovens filling homes with the smells of home-baked goodness. Now you too can experience the warm, comforting recipes of old order Amish cooks. Prepare to make wonderful treats such as:
Frosted Cinnamon Rolls
Church Peanut Butter Marshmallow Spread
Baked French Toast
Red Beet Eggs
"Roasht" or Chicken Filling
Oatmeal Whoopie Pies
With simple ingredients and instructions that are easy to follow, you'll find yourself whipping up new mealtime traditions for your loved ones this holiday season.
Linda Byler grew up Amish and is an active member of the Amish church today. She is the author of five bestselling fiction series, all set in the Amish world: Hester Takes Charge, Lancaster Burning, Sadie’s Montana, Lizzie Searches for Love, and The Dakota Series. In addition, Byler has written five Christmas romances: The Little Amish Matchmaker, The Christmas Visitor, Mary’s Christmas Good-Bye, Becky Meets Her Match, A Dog for Christmas, and A Horse for Elsie. Linda is also well known within the Amish community as a columnist for a weekly Amish newspaper.
Laura Anne Lapp, a member of the Amish church, lives with her husband and three young sons in a tucked-away valley in central Pennsylvania. Before her marriage, she was a teacher in an Amish school for eight years.