Royal icing shapes and decorations {101 Days of Christmas}

I think royal icing just might be my favorite discovery of 2014. It’s easy to make at home, lasts forever in the fridge (which will be perfect next birthday season, when we have four birthdays in six weeks!) and can be used in so many different ways — to decorate cookies, hold graham cracker houses together, and now…to […]

Brown sugar & cinnamon shortbread {101 Days of Christmas}

It would be hard for me to choose one absolute favorite cookie, but if I had to try, shortbread would definitely be at the top of the list. Which maybe isn’t fair since there are so many different variations! I love plain vanilla shortbread, and just the thought of Shaina’s lemon thyme shortbread makes my mouth […]

Marzipan snowmen {101 Days of Christmas}

I have a serious obsession love for all things almond flavored, but I’ve never made marzipan at home…until this week! I originally had visions of marzipan fruit for the Christmas season, as my heritage might dictate, but then I decided to be realistic about my art skills. However, while marzipan can be rolled into a log and […]

Fiori di Sicilia star cookies + a King Arthur Flour giveaway {101 Days of Christmas}

This giveaway is now closed! The winner is Karen (akjetmom@)! These cookies are amazing! Fiori di Sicilia — or “flowers of Sicily” — is an Italian flavoring used in panettone and pandoro. With a dreamy combination of citrus, vanilla and a light floral aroma, this flavoring would make a great addition to any baked good, adding a […]

Chocolate-covered mini candy canes {101 Days of Christmas}

I tried to make chocolate-dipped candy canes a couple of years ago, but my chocolate was too hot and the candy canes kept breaking. I got frustrated and gave up, but this year — after realizing what had caused it! — I wanted to try again. I went with mini candy canes this time because everything is cuter […]

Dutch speculaas {101 Days of Christmas}

Dutch speculaas are thin, crisp cookies flavored much like German pfeffernüsse. They’re typically baked for St. Nicholas’ Day on December 5th or 6th and are, traditionally, stamped with images from the life of St. Nicholas on the front.  It turns out that I really like traditional Christmas cookies from this part of Europe, with their strong spices and unique textures! I […]

Austrian kipferl {101 Days of Christmas}

Ancestor to the croissant, kipferl cookies are fragile crescent-shaped cookies that literally melt in your mouth. Made from ground almonds, they have the slightest hint of almond flavor and a sweet vanilla sugar coating. These cookies are so good that my husband fought over the last cookie of both batches I made. Despite their “fancy” shape, they’re […]