How about Amish straw hats? Have you ever tried those? They really are super simple, yet a treat, especially for children. Who wouldn’t want to eat an Amish hat given a chance?
Here are the basic instructions:
Spread peanut butter on one side of a round saltine cracker. Place on a flat tray for convenience. Next, cut large marshmallows in half, then place cut side on the center of a peanut butter cracker. Now you’re ready to dip the marshmallow cracker combo until the melted chocolate of your choice. Chill, then enjoy, a hat at a time!
I don’t know about you but I am ready to think about a healthier sugar-free candy. Chocolate and peanut butter rank high on my list of favorite candies so I’ll share one of my luscious recipes with you. I confess I don’t only dig into this on Christmas day, it tends to be more like a 365 days a year type thing. Actually it’s not quite that bad, recently my husband did suggest that perhaps we should start getting a better deal by buying our cocoa by the box at my uncle’s store so we don’t need to constantly be purchasing small containers of it.
Here’s the recipe. I’m curious how you’ll like it.Be sure to try it on ice cream. Simply heat the desired amount until it is nice and thin, then drizzle over a scoop of ice cream and watch it harden.
GLORIA’S SUGAR-FREE SWEET TREAT
1 cup coconut oil
1 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
3/4 cup sugar free almond butter
3/4 cup sugar-free peanut butter
3/4 cup maple syrup
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons vanilla
Dump all ingredients into a saucepan and heat on medium heat, stirring constantly until well-blended. Pour into ice cube trays, candy molds, or a 9-by-13 pan. Freeze, then break into pieces. For a variety of flavors you may also add things like coconut and cinnamon.
Gloria is an Amish mom, housewife and writer in rural Illinois. Readers with culinary or cultural questions can write her at: PO Box 157, Middletown, OH 45042. The Amish Cook has been publishing weekly since 1991. The column’s creator and editor is Kevin Williams. To learn more about the column visit www.amish365.com/about.