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German Christmas Cookies: Spritz

Happy St. Nicholas Day! Since our St. Nicholas Day traditions come from Germany, I thought I’d share the recipe for another family tradition that comes from Germany, making spritz cookies! Spritz, or Spritzgebäck in German, comes from the German word spritzen which means to squirt. Like pizzelles, you’ll also need a bit of equipment to make these… Continue reading German Christmas Cookies: Spritz

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Italian Christmas Cookies: Pizzelles

Pizzelles are anise flavored Italian wafer cookies that are made for special occasions and holidays like weddings, Easter, and of course Christmas! They also happen to be the oldest known cookie and so it’s no surprise that there are similar cookies throughout Europe such as Swiss Bratseli and Norwegian Krumkakes. Unlike most cookies, pizzelles actually… Continue reading Italian Christmas Cookies: Pizzelles

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12 Cookies of Christmas: Chocolate Crinkle Cookies

Now that it’s December 1st, it’s officially okay to crank up the Christmas music and turn on those classic Christmas movies (or Hallmark Christmas movies, we won’t judge). It’s also time to start thinking about what Christmas cookies you’ll be making this year. Christmas cookies are a BIG deal in our family. We make 12… Continue reading 12 Cookies of Christmas: Chocolate Crinkle Cookies

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Graduation Dessert: Blue Velvet Macarons

This past weekend, we celebrated Tori’s graduation from Penn State. On Saturday night after graduation, we had a celebratory dinner with a few other families. I, of course, was in charge of dessert. We knew we needed at least one Penn State themed dessert and so when Tori suggested blue and white macarons, I knew that… Continue reading Graduation Dessert: Blue Velvet Macarons

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Kentucky Derby Dessert: Derby Pie Macarons

I have to admit that I’ve never really celebrated the Kentucky Derby, mostly because the first weekend in May is typically reserved for Cinco de Mayo festivities. I decided to change that this year though. The more I researched Kentucky Derby parties, the more I realized that I have been missing out. One of the… Continue reading Kentucky Derby Dessert: Derby Pie Macarons

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French Macarons: The Basics

Over the last few years, french macarons have become a common place dessert in bakeries across the country. Many of these bakeries even fly macarons from French bakeries over here to the U.S. to sell. I first encountered macarons while studying abroad in Paris. While, I didn’t get a chance to try them, I was… Continue reading French Macarons: The Basics