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Amish Christmas Wishes (1)

Do you love Amish Christmas romances as much as I do? There’s something about them that fills my heart with a longing for simpler times. In AMISH CHRISTMAS WISHES, Hannah Christianson is facing her first Christmas without her beloved father. The childhood desires of her heart to have a family of her own must be put on hold while Hannah takes care of her younger brother and sister. But then, as God sometimes does, He sends an unexpected stranger into her life, rekindling those dreams, and bringing with them a hint of something darker. A mystery from her past that’s been waiting for years to be revealed.

Banned Amish dairy farmer Mason Lambright is running from allegations that brand him a murderer when he stops in at Mission Valley, Montana, desperate to reclaim his place in the Amish world once more.

Will this Christmas bring peace of mind and hope to these two lost souls? I think you will find a happy ending is in store for AMISH CHRISTMAS WISHES.

Now, let me tell you a little about the Amish community of Mission Valley near St. Ignatius, Montana. There are two church districts spread out along the base of the Mission Mountains, and, surprisingly, this is the only Amish community in the US located on tribal lands. The Amish settlement in Mission Valley sits on the Flathead Indian Reservation.

Delicious Christmas treats are a staple of an Amish Christmas. The women bake Christmas cookies for their families and to share with carolers or at the local school’s Christmas program.

In Amish Christmas Wishes, Hannah prepares her Aenti’s favorite Christmas cookie recipe and Mason pitches in. I thought I’d share one of my favorite recipes for Amish Christmas Cookies with you here. I hope you have as much fun making then as Hannah and Mason did.

amish christmas cookies

Amish Christmas Cookies Recipes


• 1/2 cup butter

• 1 cup brown sugar

• 1 egg beaten

• 1 cup light molasses

• 4 cups all-purpose flour

• 1 tsp baking soda

• 1/4 tsp salt

• 1 tsp cinnamon

• 1 tsp ground cloves

• 1/2 tsp nutmeg


1.Cream butter and sugar. Mix in egg and molasses.

2.Sift dry ingredients together and stir into egg mixture.

3.On lightly floured board, roll out dough and cut into shapes with cookie cutters. Place on greased cookie sheets. Bake in 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) preheated oven for about 10 minutes.


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Mary Alford was inspired to become a writer after reading such romantic suspense greats as Victoria Holt and Phyllis Whitney. Creating characters and throwing them into dangerous situations that test their faith was a challenge, but 2012 Mary received “the call” to publish her first book. A dream come true.

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