Christmas time treat recipes

Lovina Eicher’s son-in-law Mose was injured in a car accident on Wednesday, December 9. His injuries were severe, and he passed away the morning of December 14. Lovina asks readers to hold Susan and children Jennifer, age 2, and Ryan, age 1, in prayer. She writes, “Susan is a widow at age 24 but she says her years of marriage to Mose were the most wonderful years of her life. They were married four years in August.”

On the evening of the accident Lovina wrote: “… Susan and the children are staying with us… Our sympathy goes out to the family of Mose’s driver, Dan, who was killed instantly in the accident. Dan’s son drives my son Benjamin to work every day; daughter Loretta’s boyfriend Dustin was Dan’s group leader at work. Dan was a great man to all who knew him. Let’s keep his family in our prayers as well. I haven’t heard how the girl is from the other car in this accident, but we want to lift her and her family up in our prayers too.”

Because of these events, this week’s column contains favorite recipes culled from two of Lovina’s cookbooks, Lovina’s Amish Kitchen and Amish Family Recipes. Please remember Mose, Susan, their two young children, and the larger family in prayer at this time.


My dad loved peanut brittle. My mom would always make it around the Christmas holiday.

2 cups sugar
½ teaspoon salt
1 cup light corn syrup
½ cup cold water
2 cups raw peanuts
2 tablespoons butter, softened
1 teaspoon baking soda

Grease a large baking sheet; set aside.

In a heavy 2-quart saucepan over medium heat, bring to a boil sugar, salt, corn syrup, and water. Stir until sugar is dissolved. Stir in peanuts. Set candy thermometer in place and continue cooking. Stir frequently until temperature reaches 300°F, or until a small amount of mixture dropped into very cold water separates into hard and brittle threads.

Remove from heat; immediately stir in butter and baking soda; pour at once onto baking sheet. With two forks, lift and pull peanut mixture into rectangle about 12 x 14 inches in size. Allow to cool, then break candy into pieces.

From The Essential Amish Cookbook, © 2017 Herald Press



My mother would always make Popcorn Balls around Christmastime. I like to add the red and green food color when I make them during the holiday season to give them that Christmas look.

¼ cup butter
1 cup brown sugar, packed
¼ cup light corn syrup
1 teaspoon baking soda
16 cups popped popcorn, salted

Combine butter, brown sugar, and corn syrup in a medium saucepan. Bring to a rolling boil and boil for 2 minutes. Add the baking soda and stir well.

Place popcorn in a large bowl and pour cooked mixture over popcorn, mixing well. Form into 3-inch balls and set on waxed paper to cool.

For color, a few drops of food color can be added to cooked mixture before pouring over popcorn.

From The Essential Amish Cookbook, © 2017 Herald Press



I like to make these cookies around Christmastime, but they are good anytime of year. The nuts give them a nice crunchy texture.

1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened
½ cup granulated sugar
½ teaspoon salt
1¼ teaspoons vanilla extract
½ cup coarsely chopped walnuts or pecans
1¾ cups all-purpose flour

Confectioners’ sugar, for rolling cookies

Cream together butter, granulated sugar, salt, and vanilla. Add nuts. Slowly add flour until combined. Wrap dough in plastic wrap and refrigerate several hours.

Preheat oven to 325°F. Drop small scoops of dough onto parchment-lined baking sheets. Bake 10 minutes. Let cool, then roll in confectioners’ sugar.

From Amish Family Recipes, © 2020 Herald Press


Lovina’s Amish Kitchen is written by Lovina Eicher, Old Order Amish writer, cook, wife, and mother of eight. Her newest cookbook, Amish Family Recipes, is available now from the publisher, Herald Press, 800-245-7894. Readers can write to Eicher at PO Box 1689, South Holland, IL 60473 (please include a self-addressed stamped envelope for a reply); or email and your message will be passed on to her to read. She does not personally respond to emails.

18 thoughts on “Christmas time treat recipes”

  1. My deepest sympathy for you loss. May our Lord keep you close to Him as you grieve the loss of a wonderful man.

  2. My prayers go to all of your family, especially Susan and her children. God knows what He is doing, even when we don’t always understand. May Susan and her children be blessed with God’s love and mercy at this difficult time.

  3. I read this column every week. I’m so heart broken to hear of Mose passing. My prayers are with his wife and children and the entire family. God bless and comfort you. Also praying for the drivers family as well.

  4. Dear Lovina, Susan, Jennifer, Ryan and family ~ my heart is heavy for you as you bear this terrible tragedy of the accident and your precious Mose’s passing. I pray that Jesus will wrap His loving arms around you and guide you today and in the days to come. I pray for comfort and peace that only Jesus can give. My very deepest sympathy and love. Colleen Rohrer from North Dakota.

  5. Im so so sorry to hear this. It’s devastating news. May God help you through these difficult times. My thoughts and prayers are with you..

  6. Just stunned to read this heart breaking news. I had to read the post twice to even wrap my head around the idea that this was “our” Lovina’s son in law. Lovina is such a common name that it surely had to be another family member! Prayers will be said for all the families. Hugs to all of you.

  7. Our prayers for the family and extended family are being sent. May Susan the children and all feel surrounded by love

    1. Sincere condolences to Susan her in laws and your family. Losing a husband child is a heavy load to carry.

  8. Our deepest sympathies go out to you and your family. We will hold you in our prayers.

  9. So very, very sorry for your families loss of Mose. Take comfort in knowing you will see him again someday.

  10. I’m so sorry!
    Prayers for Susan, the children, and your whole family. Prayers for Dan’s family, as well.

    May God bring peace to your hearts during this very difficult time.

  11. My sympathies for Susan, and the whole family and the other people that were involved. So very tragic. May you find some peace amongst the sorrow. Praying for all.

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