Five Amish Recipes You Have to Try

I’m astounded by the world’s fascination with the Amish and their way of life. I’ve been thinking, what better way to get a taste of the Amish lifestyle so many people crave than to have access to some of their recipes?

I have two Amish cookbooks I’ve purchased through fundraisers (they sell these to raise money for school, a church member, etc.) and they are the only cookbooks I use. Every recipe is submitted by an Amish woman in the community so I can assure you that this is the real deal. Without further ado, here are five must-have recipes! You’re welcome.

  1. Soft Pretzels 

1 ½ C Water

6 tsp. baking soda

*Boil water and dissolve baking soda. Cool to lukewarm.


2 ¼ C. warm water

½ C. brown sugar

4 ½ tsp. yeast

5-5 ½ C. flour

Mix all of the ingredients listed under “dough.” Let dough rise for 20-30 minutes. Divide dough into 16 balls and roll out by hand. Dip into the baking soda water then fold dough (like a pretzel) on greased parchment paper. Let it rise for 5 more minutes and sprinkle salt on top. Bake on cookie sheet for 8 minutes at 400F.


  1. Amish Cinnamon Rolls

7 C. flour                                 ½ C. butter

2 T. yeast                                1 C. milk, scalded

1 tsp. salt                                1 C. water (lukewarm)

1 tsp. lemon flavoring            2 eggs

2/3 C. sugar

Heat milk and butter until melted. Add sugar, eggs, salt, water, and flavoring. In another bowl, mix yeast, and 2 cups flour. Add this to the other mixture. 2 cups at a time, add the rest of flour. Let rise for 1 hour. Divide into sections. Roll out and spread butter, cinnamon and brown sugar. Roll up and place in greased pan. Bake at 350F for 15 to 20 minutes.

*If you would like cream cheese frosting, beat together 8 oz, of cream cheese, 1 stick butter, ¼ C. shortening, 2 tsp. vanilla and 5 C. powdered sugar. Slowly add in milk until desired consistency.


  1. Apple Crisp

2-20 oz. cans apple pie filling


1 C. brown sugar                1 tsp. cinnamon

1 C. oatmeal                        pinch of salt

1 C. flour                              1 stick butter

Place pie filling in 8 x 10-inch casserole dish. Mix topping ingredients in order given in mixing bowl. Spread evenly over apple pie filling. Bake at 350F for 45 minutes. (I always get compliments with this recipe!)


  1. Potato Haystack

2 pkg. Ranch mix                               Cheese Sauce:

2 C. sour cream                                   8 T. flour

2 C. milk                                              8 T. butter

3 lbs. hashbrowns                               4 C. milk

4 lbs. hamburger                                2 tsp. salt

2 pkg. taco seasoning                       2 C. Velveeta

1 bag nacho Doritos

Cook hashbrowns. Mix ranch, sour cream, and milk; pour mixture over potatoes in a casserole dish. Brown the hamburger; drain. Add taco seasoning; put on top of potatoes. Mix ingredients for cheese sauce in saucepan and pour over hamburger. Bake 45 to 60 minutes at 350F. Top with crushed Doritos before serving.

  1. Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Cookies

1 C. butter or margarine, softened    2 ½ cups flour

1 C. creamy peanut butter                  1 ½ tsp. baking soda

1 C. sugar                                            1 tsp. baking powder

1 C. packed brown sugar                    ½ tsp. salt

2 eggs                                                 2 C. chocolate chips

Mix in order given. Drop by rounded teaspoon onto an ungreased cookie sheet. Bake 8-10 minutes at 375F.


There you go! Now I must apologize for any lack of directions. Amish cookbooks can be a living hell because they assume you know what you’re doing and often times only list the ingredients leaving you in the kitchen trying to figure out what to do next. I guess it’s a part of the experience?

Don’t forget to share this post on your Facebook wall so you don’t lose it! If you make any of these five recipes, send me a picture! Don’t think that because it’s an Amish recipe you can’t take pictures; I will not shun you. (I’m full of bad jokes today, just ask my husband).

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