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Hi, my name is Kevin Williams and I am owner of Oasis Newsfeatures and editor of The Amish Cook newspaper column.

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  1. Wendy

    This is SO funny. I made these very biscuits tonight for supper – and they looked pretty much like your first picture! They actually tasted pretty good. (And they didn’t need any butter.) We scooped them up with a pancake turner and put them on top of our stew. I will go out to the kitchen now and cross butter off the recipe.

  2. Andrea

    I haven’t tried the recipe, but I do have the edition with the butter in it. I’ve made the correction, and thanks for letting us know!

  3. Joyce

    I hadn’t made these yet so was able to correct the recipe. Thanks for the heads up.

  4. Theresa

    Kevin i just looked at my cookbook & there is also1/4 tsp salt. Now you do need salt in baking, does this reecipe call for no salt? Also since we’re on this subject… Rhubarb squares pg 167 in the baking book says to bake at 350 for 40 min. I’ve made these & they are still raw after 50 min. Is there something that might be missing in the recipe itself? Thanks & keep up the good work.


  5. Melanie Smith

    Funny, reading this and had my cookbook beside me and yes it called for 2 sticks of butter! Crossed it out, now can’t wait to try to make them. Thanks for letting us know:)


  6. Dawn Kirk

    Mine says 22 sticks…..Just kidding!

  7. Kenneth Nagel

    Recipe states 1/4 oil. I presume you mean cup?

    1. Kevin

      yes, good catch!

  8. Betty

    A couple (or more) of good proof readers (must be good cooks) would
    help you avoid errors. Most experienced cooks would have caught the
    butter error…

    1. Kevin

      Agreed…So, also, would have been more time…We had about 6 weeks to write the WHOLE book…that was crazy fast…

  9. Ckay

    Dear Kevin,
    Thank you so much for correcting the recipe.
    Did you find any further printing mistakes in the first issue?
    Today I wanted to cook the pineapple cookies on page 112 and I did not find any fat (oil or shortening or butter) listed (which made me sooo happy!). But then I had a check in the web and all the pinapple cookie recipes I’ve found had butter in. So, now I’m quite unsure. “Light Amish Cookies”… quite strange.
    Did you ever bake them?
    Thank you so much and best regards from Switzerland

    PS: would be great if you’d have on your page a “printing error corner”, where the mistakes of the book are listed.
    I love this book – recipes, pictures and stories.

    1. Kevin

      I will check into this. I’ve not heard of any errors in that recipe and I probably would have heard by now, but i’ll check. Thanks for the kind words!:)

      1. Ckay

        Many thanks for your reply, Kevin.

  10. Jessica

    I attempted to make these biscuits this morning, but it took am extra 3/4 cup of buttermilk to get the dough into a smooth batter. Where did I go wrong?

  11. Jac

    I found this because I wanted to make biscuits but had run out of butter. Followed the recipe exactly and the biscuits are very bitter while also being bland. If anyone makes these they should add salt, and use less baking powder. Or go to the store and get butter.

    1. Kevin

      Thank you for the post, hopefully better biscuits next time!


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