December 26th, 2017
Indonesian Nastar Cookies have delicious pineapple inside. These cookies are eaten for Natale (Christmas), the Chinese New Year and Lebaran (Eid al-Fitr). They’re also eaten in Malaysia and Singapore. Lin wrote the following about them from Indonesia: “Made from a flour and butter mixture and filled with chunky pineapple jam. An egg yolk and milk mixture is […]
December 19th, 2017
“…Here in Spain this dessert was created in the region of Toledo specially for Christmas and it’s this region’s most famous dessert.” -MarieAlice Mazapán de Toledo (Marzipan of Toledo) is one of the most popular treats made in Spain for the Christmas holiday. It’s delicious with it’s sweet almondy goodness! Here’s the recipe… Recipe for Mazapán […]
December 17th, 2017
Lin wrote to me from Indonesia about Kastengels, an Indonesian cookie that’s eaten for the holidays of Lebaran (Eid al-Fitr) and Natal (Christmas). This is what she wrote…. “Kastengels is a kind of cookie that has a rich cheese flavor and aroma. The flavor comes from Edam cheese that is also its main ingredient. It is then topped […]
December 14th, 2017
Lin wrote to me from Indonesia about cookies that are eaten there for the holidays. Happily she included links to recipes in case anyone would like to try to make any of them. Some have fun names like Cat’s Tongue and Elephant Ears! I plan on trying to make a couple and will post the recipes here as […]
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
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
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 […]
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 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 […]
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 […]
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