Monthly Archives: December 2013

And then there were none.

I deliberately saved the “stained glass” Christmas cookie recipe for last, primarily because it was clear by late summer that I would probably be winding up this bit of insanity by the end of 2013, and I thought it might … Continue reading

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Biscotti d’anici

Sharon Tyler Herbst claims this version of biscotti originates in Venice and is beloved by both northern and southern Italians. There are many variations on the recipe. The version Ms. Herbst provides, laden with sliced, toasted almonds and lightly flavored … Continue reading

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Basler Brunsli

Named for Basel, Switzerland, these chocolate meringue cookies are unusually spiced with cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves. After whipping up the meringue base, I folded it into a mix of ground almonds, cocoa powder, finely grated semi-sweet chocolate and a bit … Continue reading

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Rosquillas

These cookies taste and look just like little donuts, and with a name like rosquillas, that’s a good thing because it is Spanish for, you guessed it! Donuts. But these are not your ordinary donuts. No nutmeg or cinnamon here. … Continue reading

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Hálfmánar

Sharon Tyler Herbst calls these tender fruit-filled cookies one of the prettiest in her chapter on holiday treats. They are small, almost bite-sized, and filled with lekvár, which here in the United States is typically prune butter but in Central … Continue reading

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Carrying each other

Buckle up! With apologies. This is long and a little meandering. I began writing this post shortly after Christmas of 2012. There was a lot going on at the time. Grief felt like an unwelcome house-guest who had not had … Continue reading

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