These crunchy cookies are easy to make and a popular afternoon treat with our guests. Rumor has it that when you bring them to a gathering, it never fails that someone asks for the recipe! Pecan Crunchies ½ 16-ounce box graham crackers ½ pound butter 1 cup dark brown sugar 1 cup pecans, chopped Lightly … Read more

Do you have canned green beans you’d like to use up, or want to be prepared for your next harvest? Check out this recipe and make sour green beans a part of your well rounded dinner menu! Sauere Grüne Schnittbohnen – Sour Green Beans 1 qt. canned sour green beans (see below) 1 tablespoon lard … Read more

This sweet recipe comes from innkeeper Brian’s Aunt Janny! Perhaps these scrumptious scones will be a breakfast item when you come to stay? Apricot and White Chocolate Chip Scones 2 cups flour 3 Tbsp sugar 3 tsp baking powder 2 tsp grated orange peel ½ tsp salt ½ cup chopped dried apricots ½ cup white … Read more

It doesn’t get much easier than these peanut clusters, but that doesn’t make them any less delicious! We have served these to guests in past as part of our afternoon “Sweet Treat” available in the Wagon Wheel Room. Peanut Clusters 12 oz. choc chips 24 oz. white almond bark 24 oz. salted Spanish peanuts Microwave … Read more

Have a few apples lying around that you need to use up? Check out this recipe for a yummy way to consume them! Apfel Küchelchen – Apple Fritters ½ cup flour ¼ teaspoon salt 6 tablespoons milk 2 tablespoons sugar 4 apples, peeled and cored 2 eggs, separated Sift flour, sugar and salt; add milk … Read more

In the Amana Colonies it’s tradition to celebrate the holidays with New Year’s Pretzel! This is not your traditional hard pretzel snack but a special treat made with sweet dough, often topped with icing. Historically they were baked in the communal kitchens on Dec. 31st and eaten that night or in the morning for (or … Read more

Here’s not one, but two traditional Amana Colonies recipes! What a good way to make use of potatoes that were grown in abundance on the “home acres”. Gekochte Kartoffel Klösse – Boiled Potato Dumplings 4 cups boiled riced potatoes ½ cup flour Salt and pepper to taste 2 eggs, slightly beaten 2 slices bread, cut … Read more

Continuing our recipe series, here’s another that would have been made in the community kitchen in Homestead and around the Amana Colonies. Spaetzle can be used in so many dishes! Spaetzle 1 cup milk 2 ½ cups flour 2 eggs 1 teaspoon salt 6 cups boiling water 1 teaspoon salt 4 tablespoons butter ½ cup … Read more

Who doesn’t like pie?! Here’s another recipe for a traditional dish that would have been cooked in community kitchens around the Amana Colonies! Mürbe Teig Für Obstkuchen – Tender Crust for Fruit Pies 2 ½ cups flour ¼ teaspoon salt ½ cup sugar ¼ cup lard ¾ cup milk 2 teaspoons baking powder ____ Fruit, … Read more

The Amana Colonies are known for their great food! Many people visit the area to dine on dishes that were traditionally prepared in community kitchens and can now be found in local restaurants. Our hotel shares a part in the Colonies’ rich food history, having formerly operated as Bill Zuber’s Dugout Restaurant from 1949-2006. Over … Read more