December 22nd, 2016
Basler Brunsli are traditional chocolate almond cookies that are made for Christmas in Switzerland. They’re spiced up with cinnamon and cloves. In my recipe, I cut the normal amount of clove powder in half. You can double it if you like more spice. For the chocolate, I used Ghirardelli chocolate chips. Recipe for Basler Brunsli […]
December 21st, 2016
Christmas is almost here! Here’s a link to our favorite Christmas Recipes from around the World. Most are for dessert. Yummy! Enjoy! Mama Lisa
March 26th, 2016
Figolli are traditional Easter cookies from Malta. They’re typically made during the Lent season and given to family, friends and little ones on Easter. Figolli are similar to shortbread. They have an almond/marzipan filling and are finished off with colorful icing. Each figolla is decorated with a small candy Easter egg on top as a […]
February 10th, 2016
Coconut Macaroons are extremely easy to make! They’re a perfect little treat for holidays like Valentine’s Day. Dipping them in chocolate makes them extra special! Here’s the recipe… Recipe for Chocolate Dipped Coconut Macaroons Ingredients 14 ounce bag of Sweetened Shredded Coconut 14 ounce can of Sweetened Condensed Milk 1 Tablespoon Pure Vanilla Extract 2 […]
December 23rd, 2015
Zimtsterne literally translates from German to English as Cinnamon Stars. They’re Cinnamon Star Cookies These cookies are a specialty of Germany, Austria, Alsace (Region of France) and Switzerland. They’re made for Christmas and in Alsace, they’re part of the "bredele" Christmas cookie tradition. These are also made by German Jewish people for Yom Kippur. They […]
December 22nd, 2015
Bredele are Christmas cookies from the Alsace region of France. The word bredele is Alsatian in origin. Alsatian is a German dialect. The region of Alsace is on the border of Germany. It has switched hands between Germany and France four times since 1871. Yet "bredele" predates that, possibly going back as early as the […]
December 21st, 2015
There’s a type of cookie in France that’s specifically made for Christmas. It’s called Bredele and they’re from Alsace. Bredele are small, sweet biscuits. There are many varieties including anis bredele (recipe below), butterbredle (similar to sugar cookies but with the addition of eggs) and pain d’épices (gingerbread). I made anis bredele (Anise Bredele Cookies) […]
December 20th, 2015
A very popular type of Mexican Christmas Cookie is called Polvorones de almendra. It’s an Almond Shortbread. It you look at Mexican web sites, you’ll find many recipes for these cookies. They’re all similar. In the US, these cookies are called Mexican Wedding Cookies or Cakes. It may be an error because according to this […]
December 15th, 2015
It’s easy to make Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup Chocolate Chip Cookies! 1st make your favorite chocolate chip cookie recipe. 2nd Mold the cookie dough around a mini Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup. 3rd Cook until golden brown. 4th Eat! Yum, yum, yum! My daughter made the same type of cookies but with Oreo Cookies inside. Kids […]
December 13th, 2015
Gingerbread Cookies are part of the December Holiday tradition. They’re made in Germany, England, the Netherlands, Australia, the U.S.A., and many other countries around the world. This delicious gingerbread cookie recipe replaces the molasses with honey, making it less intense and more pleasing for kids and adults alike. This also creates a soft gingerbread cookie. […]
December 8th, 2015
Food 52 has posted Recipes for 46 Cookies from Around the World. I think I’ll try to make the Buckwheat Thumbprint Cookies with Cherry Preserves from Russia and the Maltese Lemon Christmas Cookies. Please share your favorite cookie recipe with us either in the comments below or by email. Thanks! Happy Holidays! Mama Lisa
November 2nd, 2013
On the day of the Dead, "Beans of the Dead" (Fave dei morti) are eaten in the Veneto resion of Italy. They’re small cookies. Here’s a recipe recommended to me by Emanuela Marsura from Italy. I gave the measurements in grams and also cups. Recipe for Fave dei morti (Beans of the Dead) Ingredients 3 […]
January 11th, 2013
These Sugar Cookies are Gluten-free and made with icing that has no food dye in it! When making gluten-free recipes, make sure beforehand that all your ingredients are gluten-free. Recipe for Gluten-free Sugar Cookies Ingredients 1 1/2 c. White Rice Flour 1 1/2 c. Oatmeal Flour 1/2 t. Salt 1/2 t. Baking Powder 1 1/2 […]
December 20th, 2012
Maryann Serra was kind enough to contribute her recipe for Anise Cookies… Anise cookies are a popular tradition for Italians and other families around the world, especially during the holidays. This light fluffy cookie tastes much like licorice cake, so people who like the flavor licorice especially enjoy them. Making Italian anise cookies is fun […]
December 22nd, 2011
Kourabiedes are Greek shortbread cookies that are eaten for Christmas, Easter and Christenings. Sometimes at Christmastime, they’re made with a clove in the middle to represent the spices the three magi brought to Jesus as a gift. There are many variations of these cookies – so feel free to tinker with the […]
February 5th, 2011
This recipe makes sugar cookies a little healthier by substituting whole wheat pastry flour for some of the multipurpose flour, canola oil for some of the butter, and honey for some of the sugar. I already posted one version of this recipe. This new one uses less eggs and less ingredients overall. My husband likes […]
Recently, I explained how to make red and pink food coloring using beets. Another way to make pink is to use blueberry juice. To make icing for sugar cookies, you simply mix blueberry juice, confectioners sugar and water. The basic measurements for sugar cookie icing is: 1 cup of confectioners sugar 1 T. + 1 […]
February 4th, 2011
There’s a science lesson in making natural brown food coloring. I recently wrote about creating natural red food coloring from the water made from cooking beets. Once you make red food coloring from beets it’s easy to get brown. Here are the basics to making red food coloring: Peel about 3 beets and chop […]
February 2nd, 2011
It’s very satisfying to make your own food coloring out of natural ingredients. It’s also educational for children to see how people used to get color out of fruits and vegetables. Not everything has to come pre-bottled from a factory! Since Valentine’s Day is coming soon, today I’ll explain how to make red and pink […]
January 13th, 2011
Sugar Cookies are very popular to make in the US for holidays. Here’s a simple recipe for icing for them: 1 cup Confectioners Sugar 1 T. plus 1 t. Water 1 – 2 Drops of Vanilla Extract for taste (optional) Put the Confectioners Sugar in a bowl and add the Water. Stir till smooth. You […]
January 11th, 2011
Sugar Cookies are traditionally made in the US for holidays and other special events, especially when kids are there. In the past, I posted a recipe for Sugar Cookies made with whole wheat pastry flour. Here’s a recipe for more traditional Sugar Cookies… Recipe for Sugar Cookies 1 cup Butter 3 Eggs 1 T. Vanilla […]
January 10th, 2011
Sugar cookies are nice to make for holidays and special events. They look so festive. Making cut out cookies is a fun way to get your kids to learn about baking. They can start learning to follow a recipe, roll out dough and then make the shapes with cookie cutters. This recipe makes sugar […]
August 6th, 2008
Kids Love to decorate cookies and cupcakes – I’ve used this as an event at two of my daughter’s birthday parties. When she turned two I had the kids decorate their own cupcakes to eat. This year she turned 7 and the girls at her party decorated cookies as one of the activities. I made […]
July 17th, 2008
My daughter made these great treats at our local library. It shows what a little imagination and some candy can do! You can adapt these ideas to any theme for a kids party, a unit in the classroom or just for fun at home. -Mama Lisa
December 5th, 2007
My friend and colleague Monique in France made the biscuits called Lussekatter that they serve in Sweden for Santa Lucia on December 13th. She sent me a photo of what they look like… I also noticed that Frog with a Blog linked to a recipe for glögg that he likes. But beware! It looks like […]
December 11th, 2006
Pfeffernüsse is a traditional German Christmas cookie. Pfeffernüsse literally translates into English as pepper-nut. That’s because most traditional recipes for these cookies are spicy and call for pepper. I believe the “nut” part is because they were traditionally shaped like little balls or nuts. That’s where you get peppernut. These cookies are also traditional at […]
November 27th, 2006
Clotilde over at Chocolate and Zucchini just posted a recipe for Very Ginger Cookies. I haven’t baked them yet, so I’m not sure if they’re similar to Gingerbread cookies – but it made me think of them! It also made me realize that it’s almost time to start baking Christmas/Holiday cookies. I’m not sure what […]
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