Turkey Soup

By Angelika Hanna One thing I like as much as the holiday turkey itself is the turkey soup after the feast meal. When you cook a whole turkey, not only do you get different types of meat – the white meat from the breast, and the dark meat from the legs and wings – but… Continue reading Turkey Soup


German Spice Cookies (Lebkuchenplaetzchen)

By Angelika Hanna This is a traditional German Lebkuchen recipe. The cookies are soft and chewy, full of nutty and fruity flavors with the classic German Lebkuchen spice mixture. This cookie is naturally gluten free. Recipe: Prep Time: 20 min (plus refrigerating time overnight) Bake Time: 22 min Yield: Approx. 20 cookies Cuisine: German Author: Angelika… Continue reading German Spice Cookies (Lebkuchenplaetzchen)

Holiday Choco Roll Ups (Schoko-Roellchen)

By Angelika Hanna This recipe is inspired by one of my favorite Food Network cooks Molly Yeh. I took Molly’s Chocolate Sea Salt Rugelach recipe as a guideline for my Chocolate Roll Ups with a few changes I made to my ccokies. Molly’s rugelach are on the salty side; I made my rolls less salty… Continue reading Holiday Choco Roll Ups (Schoko-Roellchen)

Debbie’s Chocolate Crinkle Cookies

By Angelika Hanna The most liked cookies on our annual cookie exchange among friends were these simple chocolate balls our friend Debbie brought. Sometimes the easiest to make and the most simplistic recipes are the most delicious and the favorite of all. Needless to say, I asked for the recipe and now share it here… Continue reading Debbie’s Chocolate Crinkle Cookies

Holiday Shortbread Cookies

By Angelika Hanna Recipe: Prep Time: 25 min (+ cooling time) Bake Time: 20 min. Yield: Approx. 20 cookies Cuisine: World Food Author: Angelika Hanna /Zest4Food Ingredients: 3 sticks unsalted butter, at room temperature 1 cup white sugar 1 tsp pure vanilla extract 3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour 1/4 tsp salt Holiday sprinkles Dark melted… Continue reading Holiday Shortbread Cookies

Walnut/Marzipan Fingers

By Angelika Hanna Another delicious German recipe from Manja’s holiday bakery. Recipe: Prep Time: 15 min Bake Time: 12 min Yield: Approx. 20 cookies Cuisine: German Author: Angelika Hanna / Zest4Food Ingredients: 2/3 cup ground walnut 200 g marzipan 1 egg white 3 drops almond extract Dark melted chocolate Instructions: Preheat the oven to 355 degrees Fahrenheit.… Continue reading Walnut/Marzipan Fingers

German Chocolate Truffle Cookies

The credit for these delicious cookies go to my cousin’s wife Manja in Germany. Manja and her two daughters are avid bakers during the holiday season. They baked 21 different sorts of cookies this year. I saw her photos on FB and these truffle cookies caught my attention. I translated the recipe from German into… Continue reading German Chocolate Truffle Cookies

Dark Chocolate & Nut Barks

By Angelika Hanna Recipe: Prep Time: 15 min + 30 min refrigerating time Cuisine: North American Author: Angelika Hanna / Zest4Food Ingredients: Dark chocolate to melt (I used dark chocolate wafers) Any sort of nut of your choice (I used hazelnuts and peanuts) Holiday-themed sprinkles Instructions: Place the chocolate wafers in a large heat-safe bowl and… Continue reading Dark Chocolate & Nut Barks