Amish Peanut Butter Spread Recipe
If you’ve ever been to an Amish church you will know exactly what I’m talking about when I mention creamy Amish peanut butter spread. Because it always gets served with the meal afterward.
Amish Church – Amish Peanut Butter
The Amish only have church every other Sunday, and it is held in someone’s home or barn. It takes a lot of work to get ready for church at your place. Everything gets cleaned up to perfection. The main floor of the house gets cleaned out and rooms opened up so the benches can be moved in. Each church has a closed wagon full of benches and chairs that get pulled to the next family’s home when it’s their turn.
We had approximately 25 families in our district, so our turn would come around about once a year. Whenever an Amish church gets too big to fit in the homes, they have to split and start another one. So, if you have a lot of Amish in your neighborhood you never have to go very far for the church.
Most of the Singing and Preaching is in German
So the benches get set up for the men in one section and ladies in another, placing the preacher where everyone can hopefully see him. First, they sing two German songs. Every Church Sunday we’d sing the Loblied. (click here to listen) It’s supposedly a hymn of praise, sung very slow and drawn out. I never really knew what I was singing though, and got immensely bored with it. (I still hate it.)
Tradition says that singing in a slow manner (schlow vies) originated with the Anabaptist forefathers who were put in prison for their faith. They would sing hymns and the guards started dancing to their singing, so they started singing slowly to stop the dancing. And now it has become an Amish tradition that they still practice today.
Church goes from eight or nine to twelve; with singing, two preachers take a turn to preach and one reads the Scriptures for that day. All that time we’d sit on hard, backless benches, as still and quiet as a mouse.
The Old Order Amish preachers preach in a very sing-song voice which is quite conducive to falling asleep. But thankfully our preachers didn’t preach like that, although there were still always plenty of people dozing off.
Peanut butter spread for Amish Church Dinner
After church, tables would be set up and everyone would have a turn to eat. And we’d always have pretty much the same kind of meal. I wrote about this on my Amish Gingersnap Cookie Recipe post (click here), so I won’t go into great detail again.
But Amish peanut butter spread was served every time, along with bread and buns. We often just ate enough to curb our hunger, because it was nothing great to us. However, visitors usually seemed to enjoy the food, and I think sometimes they were almost embarrassed to eat a lot because we barely ate.
Not everyone used the same Amish peanut butter spread recipe, but it was always similar. And we didn’t like when it was too runny because we wanted to pile it on thick.
Amish Communion Services
Twice a year we had communion services that lasted all day. Two weeks before this service we had Ordnung church, where the preachers would reinstate the rules of the church and everyone had to take a turn saying that they agree to these standards. What do you do when you don’t agree? I guess I sort of lied, but I did try to keep the standards most of the time.
You had to agree to keep the standards to be able to partake in communion. And if you had broken rules and got in trouble you had to confess before the whole church, and commit to doing better.
Sadly, we always dreaded communion time, especially as young people, because we hated sitting in church all day long. We had a regular church service in the morning, then we’d pause for a lunch break (we packed our own lunch to take along).
After lunch, there was more preaching on the crucifixion of Jesus. Then the preachers would pass out a small piece of bread to everyone, followed by a cup of grape juice that we would all take a sip from (yes, it is gross).
And to finish off the day, we would all take a turn to wash someone’s feet. Men with men, women with women, and so forth.
A lot of emphasis is put on being in unity and agreement. Dressing the same, looking the same, doing everything the same. And agreeing on all Biblical principles.
How to make the creamy Amish peanut butter spread…
Mix sugars, molasses, and water. Bring to boil, and continue to boil over medium heat for two minutes.
I used two kinds of molasses because some kinds of molasses have a stronger taste and I wanted some of that flavor, but not too strong. You can use molasses, corn syrup, or whatever you have on hand.
Cool completely, then add peanut butter and marshmallow. Stir till well mixed.
Bun recipe for your peanut butter spread Amish
If you are needing a recipe for amazing Amish dinner rolls to eat with your spread peanut butter (click here). This recipe is from my sister in law @ a ranch mom, and they are the best!
This peanut butter spread is also great to use for a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. Although you don’t need any jelly since the peanut butter is already sweet.
More info on the Amish
Today I am also adding a link to a youtube channel that I found with a lot of information about the Amish. It is pretty accurate. Obviously, it’s not exactly the same for all the Amish, but most of it is very typical. Click here to watch
Items you may need…
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This post is edited to add another Amish Church Spread recipe…
I know that the Amish do not all use the same peanut butter spread recipe, even though they are similar. The one I just shared has molasses in and I happen to like that flavor, and I like the consistency of that recipe as well. So, I am a bit partial to the recipe with molasses, and I believe that is what we mostly had in our Amish church.
I have been told by several people though, that they like the recipe with just peanut butter, marshmallow, and Karo. And I will admit that this recipe is faster and easier to make. So, I decided to edit this post and give you another Amish church spread recipe. This one simply has three ingredients: 1 cup peanut butter, a scant 1 cup of marshmallow cream, and about 1 1/4 cup of Karo syrup. Just mix all three ingredients together until it is smooth and creamy. You may want to start with 1 cup of Karo, and then add more until it is the consistency that you want it.
This peanut butter marshmallow spread is also very delicious. You could try both of my recipes and let me know when you decide which one you like better.
Amish peanut butter spread is also known as Amish church spread.
Amish Church Creamy Peanut Butter Spread
- 2 c. brown sugar
- 1 1/2 c. white sugar
- 3/4 c. molasses, scant
- 2 c. water
- 2 1/2 lb. peanut butter
- 1 1/2 c. marshmallow cream
- Mix water, sugars, and molasses in saucepan. Bring to boil.
- Boil on medium heat for about 2 minutes.
- Cool completely.
- Add peanut butter and marshmallow cream and mix well, until smooth and creamy.
- Serve on bread or buns. Or anything else you like peanut butter with.