AMISH FUDGE NUT BARS: 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.
CAPTION: This is photo of a very similar recipe found on Taste of Home.
One way in which the Amish do express their celebration of the season is through food.
This fudge nut bar recipe is an old Amish favorite and this recipe is an easy, delicious one. It is an old recipe and instructions are rather spare. A pan size is not given and you can use butter in place of oleo or even half and half. This is an interesting article that talks about the origins of oleo.
- 2 cups oleo
- 4 cups brown sugar
- 4 eggs
- 6 cups oatmeal
- 2 cups flour
- 2 teaspoons soda
- 2 teaspoons salt
- 2 teaspoons vanilla
- 1 package chocolate chips
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1 can Eagle brand milk
- 1 cup nuts
- 2 tablespoons oleo
- Mix and press half in bottom of a loaf pan.
- Then mix filling in a saucepan and melt.
- Pour over first mixture.
- Bake at 350 for 30-35 minutes or until light brown.