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}

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 distinctive taste that’s light and enticing rather than overpowering. For […]

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 […]

Maple chip biscuits {101 Days of Christmas}

I am not sure there are words to adequately describe just how tasty these are, but I promise you need to try them. With all the crispy, buttery goodness of homemade biscuits plus the unmistakable flavor of maple syrup, these mouthwatering biscuits would be perfect for Christmas morning (move over, cinnamon rolls!) or a Christmas brunch. I […]

Gluten-free gingerbread {101 Days of Christmas}

Gingerbread is one of the quintessential flavors of Christmas, and King Arthur Flour’s Gluten-Free Baking Mix makes it easy to adapt this Christmas favorite for family or friends who can’t have the traditional cookies. With royal icing piped on top, these cookies are both cute and tasty. My family loved them as much as regular gingerbread, […]