United States: Amish Ginger Cookies

The Amish in the United States are known for their simple living. They shun most modern conveniences and live with an emphasis on family, community and the church. Although Amish groups can be found in Ohio, Missouri, Minnesota and Ontario, Pennsylvania has the largest Amish population in the United States.

The Amish eat what they grow or raise, and avoid commercial and processed foods that many of us take for granted. The women spend a lot of their time baking traditional Amish sweets like sugar cookies and schnitz pie.

This simple recipe for Amish Ginger Cookies uses dried, ground ginger, but you can substitute fresh grated ginger for a more authentic taste. Sandwich vanilla ice cream between two of these cookies for a tasty and refreshing summertime treat.