Here’s another sweet Amana Colonies treat for you to try! Spice Cake ½ cup vegetable shortening 1 cup sugar 2 eggs 2 cups flour 1 teaspoon baking soda ¾ teaspoon cinnamon ¼ teaspoon cloves ¼ teaspoon nutmeg ½ cup cocoa 1 cup buttermilk ½ cup raisins Preheat oven to 350. Cream shortening and sugar. Stir … Read more


This time we’ve got a good recipe to help you use the tomatoes that can be found in abundance in many Amana gardens! Tomaten Salat – Tomato Salad 6 tomatoes, skinned and quartered 1 large onion, cut in rings 2 tablespoons sugar 2 tablespoons vinegar ½ teaspoon salt Dash of pepper Mix in order given … Read more


Rettichsalat / Radish Salad 2 dozen or so radishes, thinly sliced ½ teaspoon salt ½ cup sour cream 1 tablespoon vinegar 1 heaping tablespoon chopped green onions Pepper to taste Sprinkle radishes with salt and set aside. After ½ to 1 hour, drain liquid from radishes. Place radishes in glass serving dish. Stir together sour cream … Read more


Here’s another delicious recipe from the Amana Colonies for you to try out!  We serve our guests sweet treats like this one every afternoon, all year long! Devil’s Food Cake Scant ½ cup butter, softened 2 cups sugar 2 eggs 4 tablespoons melted unsweetened chocolate ½ cup buttermilk 2 cups flour ½ cup hot water, into … Read more

Seasons of Plenty cookbook

The recipes in this book were collected and compiled by Emilie Hoppe with illustrations by Rachel Ehrman. We are pleased to share some of the recipes from this collection with permission of Emilie Hoppe. As you read through this wonderful cookbook, you come to appreciate how many talented cooks there were – and still are … Read more


Our recipe this time uses rhubarb, something that can usually be found in abundance in the Colonies this time of year! Piestengelpie / Rhubarb Pie 3 cups rhubarb, cut into small pieces 3 eggs, beaten 1 ¼ cups sugar 1 teaspoon vanilla ⅓ cup mil or half and half 1 9-inch pie shell, unbaked (page 156) … Read more

Here’s another recipe that makes fun haystack shaped treats, resembling those that can be seen around the Amanas!  We serve a “Sweet Treat” such as these each afternoon in our Wagon Wheel Room! Ting-a-lings 24oz butterscotch chips 4 Cups salted peanuts 3-4 Cups Chow Mein noodles (they come in a bag) – amount depends on … Read more

This recipe is another easy one that we have served to guests in past as part of our afternoon “Sweet Treat” available in the Wagon Wheel Room! Cherry Dessert Put graham cracker crust in 9×9” pan. Cream & mix: 3 oz cream cheese 2 ½ C powdered sugar Add 1 pkg Dream Whip, mixed up. … Read more

Get out your heart shaped cookie cutter and get ready to make your Valentine some of these traditional cookies! Marzipan – White Sugar Marchpane Cookies 8 eggs 4 ½ cups white sugar 8 cups flour 1 teaspoon soda ½ teaspoon baking powder Beat eggs until thick and light. Add sugar and beat again with rotary … Read more

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