Linzer Cookies

When I was growing up, we marked the start of the holiday season by baking traditional german/european cookies. My mom would hand us her recipe books and my siblings and I would all select the recipes that we wanted to bake. We each were responsible to bake and decorate 2 or 3 recipes. Our kitchen…

Nana’s Pizzelle Cookies

I was so excited to buy my first pizzelle press to make these cookies this year! My Auntie Deanna was kind enough to share her Nana’s (my Great Nana’s) pizzelle recipe and this beautiful family story, keeping her memory alive so many generations later.  “Christmastime ushers in familiar sights and sounds…and for me…smells. We often…

Caramelized Almonds (Gebrannte Mandeln)

If you’ve ever visited Germany around this time of the year, you will most likely have visited the popular Christmas Markets (Christkindlmarkt). It is my favorite time of the year to visit family in Germany. Walking around the market, visiting the various booths with specialty and artisanal products, drinking some mulled wine (Glühwein), and eating…