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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 1/2 Tablespoons Softened...
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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 ...
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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 and...
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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 recipe.  Here’s how...
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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...
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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 ...
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  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 them up...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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 cookies a...
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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....
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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
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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...
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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...
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...
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