Amish Church Windows: This recipe is an Amish Cook classic, first making its appearance in the newspaper column back in the mid-1990s. It’s easy, colorful, and sweet, three traits that are perfect in a last-minute Christmas confection.
The Amish typically celebrate holidays in very no-frills fashion. In most Amish homes you won’t find Christmas trees, giant plastic snowmen, or boughs of holly strung across the mantle. The Amish mostly reject these more secular trappings of the holiday. Generally, the only holiday decorations I’ve seen in Amish homes are, perhaps, some Christmas cards with snow scenes or reindeer taped to the wall or sitting on the mantel. Wrapped gifts are exchanged in some settlements where the tradition has caught on, but other communities don’t practice it. Amish communities vary great from place to place depending on local traditions and the individual bishop.
One way in which the Amish do express their celebration of the season is through food. Come November and December, Amish cooks fire up the kitchen to create all sorts of holiday confections. And while the Amish mostly avoid exchanging gifts bought at big box stores (or even little box stores!), a decorative tin filled with homemade cashew crunch or maple fudge are often given to friends as gifts.
Church Windows are also a colorful, candy favorite.
Here is the recipe:
Amish Church Windows for Christmas
- 1 stick of oleo
- 12 oz. chocolate chips
- 5 oz. colored miniature marshmallows
- 1 c. nut meats
- 1 c. coconut (optional)
Melt oleo and chips until creamy. Fold in marshmallows.
Spread nut meats (and coconut, if you choose) on wax paper. Cover with marshmallow-chocolate mixture. Roll up like a jelly roll. Refrigerate until solid. Slice and serve.