In honor of a beautiful snow day, I think it’s time for some cookies and hot chocolate. We already have well over a foot of snow and it’s still snowing hard. What a perfect day for baking! (Well, I think that EVERYDAY is perfect for baking. 🙂 ) All of these recipes are from my all time favorite cookbook, Cooking With the Amish of Kishacoquillas. (Big Valley, Pennsylvania) I’m not sure if it is available to buy online. I bought my copy at an Amish dry goods store in Big Valley. It is such a wonderful cookbook, filled with over 1200 recipes from the local women.
If you aren’t cooking for a large family like mine who loves to eat, then I would suggest that you halve the following recipes. 🙂
Peanut Butter Crinkles
These peanut butter crinkles are a huge favorite in my family! Peanut butter cookies can tend to be dry and crumbly, but these are the exact opposite. Thick, chewy, full of flavor, and just plain amazing!
2 Cups Butter
2 Cups Peanut Butter
2 Cups White Sugar
2 Cups Brown Sugar
2 Tsp. Vanilla
5 Cups Sifted Flour
3 Tsp. Baking Soda
1 Tsp. Salt
Thoroughly cream together the first six ingredients. Sift flour, soda and salt together. Blend into creamed mixture. Shape dough into 1 inch balls. Roll in white sugar. Place on ungreased baking sheet, (Or Parchment Paper) and bake at 375 for 8 to 10 minutes.
Grandmother’s Molasses Drop Cookies
These are…. I don’t even know how to explain how yummy they are. You just have to try them!
1 Cup Molasses
3/4 Cup Brown Sugar
1/2 Cup Butter
3/4 Cup Sour Milk
2 Tsp. Baking Soda
4 Cups Flour
Cream the butter and sugars, add the milk and egg. Combine flour and baking soda, and then stir into creamed mixture. Drop onto ungreased baking sheet, (Or parchment paper) and cook in 350 degree oven for 8 to 10 minutes. Be careful not to overcook them!
No Bake Cookies
These cookies are made all. of. the. time. So quick, so easy, and so amazing!
1/4 Cup Cocoa
2 Cup Sugar
1/2 Cup Butter
1/2 Cup Milk
1/2 Cup Peanut Butter
3 Cups Oatmeal
1 Tsp. Vanilla
Boil first four ingredients for 2 minutes. Remove from heat. Add peanut butter and vanilla. Stir until blended, add oatmeal. I usually use a small cookie scoop or a teaspoon to shape the mixture into a cookie shape and place them onto a cookie sheet covered in parchment paper. Let them cool and then enjoy! You can also pour the mixture into a greased 13×9 pan, let it cool until firm, and then cut in squares.
Hot Chocolate Mix
Just a warning: this makes an extremely large batch of hot chocolate mix!
1 Cup Cocoa
1 1/2 Cup Powdered Sugar
11 Cups Dry Milk
6 Ounces Dry Coffee Mate
Sift cocoa and powdered sugar. Mix the dry ingredients together and store in a large, tightly covered container.
To serve, fill a mug approximately half full of the dry mixture. Pour in hot water to fill the cup. Stir and enjoy!
I hope you enjoy these recipes as much as my family does!
What are some of your favorite cookies? Do you prefer coffee, tea, or hot chocolate on a chilly winter day? I’m a mint tea kind of girl 🙂