A selection of my favorite Christmas cookies

Advent is the time of baking cookies. This tradition dates back to a time when baking ingredients like sugar, spices, almonds, dates, and other dried fruit and nuts were unaffordable and such a luxury that the little biscuits were only made and consumed in the wintertime to sweeten the anticipation for Christmas. Most of the…

Chocolate – Cherry – Cake

If you love traditional flavors of the Christmas season, such as anise, cinnamon, cloves, ginger, cardamon, and nutmeg you will enjoy the Chocolate – Cherry – Cake. Originally from Germany, the cake is spiced with Lebkuchengewürz (gingerbread spice blend). However, the Chinese Five Spice blend is a perfect substitute.  

Polish Christmas Liqueur

A variety of dried fruit, walnuts and almonds, combined in alcohol with orange zest, fresh ginger and spices give this liqueur its intense flavor and rich aroma. Make it at home and enjoy this unique drink at Christmas and in the winter season.

German Coconut Macaroons (Kokosmakronen)

Magic happens when fragrant coconut flakes, egg whites, and sugar come together.   With this basic recipe, you will easily succeed in making those crisp and light German Christmas cookies.  

Brussels Sprouts with Bacon

The classic combination of Brussels sprouts with crispy bacon is a festive flavor sensation. Whether it’s Christmas, Thanksgiving or a dinner party with friends, these mini cabbages with their nutty, very distinct flavor are a perfect accompaniment to meat dishes, poultry in particular.      

Gingerbread Cookies

I didn’t plan to bake any Christmas cookies this year since we are spending Christmas abroad, but my kids just wouldn’t stop talking about baking gingerbread and kids can be VERY persistent.

Christmas Roast Goose

A Christmas goose is the epitome of a Christmas dinner and Gordon Ramsay’s Christmas roast goose is a fantastic choice! I didn’t change anything in the recipe, except for skipping step 8 (browning the skin in a frying pan, before putting the goose in the oven). The Chinese Five Spice Powder – a blend of…

Marzipan Potatoes (Marzipankartoffeln)

Marzipankartoffeln is little round or potato-shaped candy (hence the name) sold in Germany especially around the Christmas time. I still had some leftover marzipan from my Christmas baking so I decided to make those chewy and tender bonbons for my little marzipan connoisseurs (I guess the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree 😉 ) Tip:…

Sauerkraut with peas and mushrooms

I planned to write and publish this recipe before Christmas, instead, I got caught up in Christmas preparations combined with a bad case of cold. Still, better late than never and sauerkraut is winter food anyway so it’s the perfect time for you to try it. I always associate this dish with Christmas, especially with Christmas Eve….