Category Archives: Cookies

Italian Fig Cookies (Cucidati II)

I posted a recipe for cucidati a few years ago but I recently tried a different dough recipe given to me by my cousin Barbara. I added cinnamon and orange zest to the tender and flaky dough. It is wonderful. … Continue reading

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Italian Butter Cookies

My husband loves these butter cookies.  The recipe is adapted from Laura Vitale, who uses a bit of shortening in the dough that gives it nice texture. Butter cookies are rich, so you don’t need a giant cookie; I like … Continue reading

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Lemon-Lime Curd

I’ve experimented with lemon curd over the years but never found a recipe with the flavor balance I was looking for.  I prefer it on the lighter side by making the curd with whole eggs rather than yolks. I also … Continue reading

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Italian Wedding Cookies or Butter Nut Cookies

My children love these cookies. They are easy and fast to make because you don’t have to chill the dough.  I have found that adding European vanilla sugars give the cookies a more refined flavor; use them if you can … Continue reading

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Coconut Macaroons

These are very easy coconut cookies. I like to use unsweetened fine coconut for this recipe that you can purchase at most Indian grocery stores. The recipe is adapted from one my mother-in-law gave me. Coconut Macaroons 2-3/4 cups fine … Continue reading

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Swedish Christmas Cardamom Cookies

These delicious Swedish Christmas Cardamom cookies are often part of our holiday cookie assortment. They can be rolled into a log and sliced or shaped into balls. The recipe is adapted from the  Food Network. Swedish Christmas Cardamom Cookies 1 … Continue reading

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Apricot Pistachio Biscotti

If you are an apricot lover, you will love these biscotti. I could eat the whole batch by myself. To enhance the apricot flavor I use specialty apricot flavorings and I recognize that many readers may not have access to … Continue reading

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Hungarian Poppy Seed Nut Slices

This cookie recipe is adapted from one I saved from the Baltimore Sun newspaper. If you like poppy seeds this is a good recipe to have in your holiday repertoire. The cookies freeze well. Hungarian Poppy Seed Nut Slices 1 cup … Continue reading

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Chocolate Orange Shortbread

Chocolate and orange are a great flavor combination and they are wonderful in this shortbread. The original shortbread recipe came from my husband’s ancestors who immigrated from Scotland. It’s been in their family for more than 100 years. The chocolate … Continue reading

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Italian Ricotta Cookies

Italian ricotta cookies are simple vanilla cake-like cookies, but in spite of their simplicity they are completely addictive. I like to frost and sprinkle them with nonpareils but they are just as delicious plain and unadorned. The recipe is adapted … Continue reading

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