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How to Make Vanilla Sugar (with Vanilla Beans, Paste or Extract)

Vanilla sugar is a German baking staple. Well, probably a European baking staple, because I’ve seen it all over Europe. It’s super easy to make at home, and I highly recommend giving it a try. I make a jar of vanilla sugar every fall and use it throughout the year. Vanilla sugar makes a lovely …

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How to Make Homemade Speculaas Spice Mix (and 5 Ways to Use It)

  When I think of Christmas in Europe, I think of fragrant speculaas spice mix (called speculoos in Belgium and spekulatius in Germany). Traditionally, you’ll find speculaas spice in Dutch windmill cookies, biscoff cookies, cookie butter spread, and German spekulatius spice or Dutch speculaas spice cookies. But you can use speculaas spice mix in so many other …

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2 Days in Iceland in June: Reykjavik and Golden Circle Tour

[sc name=”Amazon Affiliate”]Contents0.0.0.0.1 [sc name=”Amazon Affiliate”]1 Getting to Iceland 2 How was Icelandair?3 Getting from Keflavik Airport to Reykjavik with Flybus4 What’s Iceland Like in the Summer (June)?5 What to Pack for Visiting Iceland in June6 Day 1: Reykjavik in the Rain7 Day 2: Golden Circle Tour Are you considering a stopover in Iceland? If you’re …

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4 Hawaiian Desserts You’ve Got to Try (and Hawaii Travel Planning)

I’m doing a ton of travel research for the coming year and thought I’d share a little about the first destination I’m looking at: Hawaii! The first three things I think about when I plan travel are where to go, what kind of accommodations I want, what I want to do and see, and – …

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5 Desserts You Must Try While Visiting the Bay of Kotor, Montenegro

 My husband and I spent a day in Montenegro a couple years ago while visiting Dubrovnik, Croatia and we absolutely loved it! Pin this For Later! I mean, just look at Kotor… Beautiful, isn’t it? We only had one day to see as much of Montenegro as we possibly could, so we first drove a …

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The Best Cafes and Cakes in Budapest

If you’ve got a sweet tooth, Budapest is a great city to visit! There are so many decadent desserts, sweet treats, and grand cafes to try. Pin This for Later!   Just take a look at these beauties that Gemma from TwoScotsAbroad.com shared with me… Photo Credit: Two Scots AbroadContents0.0.0.1 Photo Credit: Two Scots Abroad1 …

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Dutch Hagelslag (Bread with Chocolate Sprinkles)

Today we’re taking a delicious trip to the Netherlands for a quick and easy sweet treat: Dutch Hagelslag. You only need three ingredients and there’s no baking required! What is Dutch Hagelslag? Basically it’s Dutch chocolate sprinkles on bread. A simple but delicious treat! I first came across hagelslag a couple years ago in the …

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The BEST Desserts & Sweet Treats in Cuenca, Ecuador

I’m so excited to introduce our brand new Sweet Tooth Travel Guides! These guides are perfect for travelers who want the inside scoop on the best sweet treats around the world. Let’s dive in!   I’m super excited that our first Sweet Tooth Travel Guide features Cuenca, Ecuador and is contributed by my good friend Michelle Chang. Michelle …

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French Chocolate Mendiants Recipe (and 10 Tips for Traveling in Europe)

This post contains affiliate links, meaning, if you click through and make a purchase or sign up for a program, I may earn a commission. This is at no additional cost to you. I always travel with chocolate. Please tell me I’m not the only one who gets chocolate cravings in the middle of a …

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How to Make European Style Butter

  Delicious, creamy, rich European style butter…easy to make and so worth making from scratch. The secret? Culture the cream before churning the butter! Pin This for Later! I didn’t eat real butter on the regular until I moved to Germany as a teen. I love the rich taste and creamy texture of European style butter, …

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Cafe du Monde Beignets for Mardi Gras

With Mardi Gras coming up, why not make some hot, fresh, homemade beignets? I’ve been wanting to make homemade beignets ever since visiting Cafe du Monde in New Orleans last spring…yuuuum! Funny story…my husband and I road-tripped to NOLA to see our favorite band. I was super excited when I realized that our hotel was only a 3 …

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Dulce De Leche Mini Tarts (+ New Free Ebook!)

These dulce de leche mini tarts are so easy to make and are absolutely delicious! I feel like I say that every time I post a new dessert recipe…but it’s true. Pin This For Later! The slightly salty almond shortbread crust pairs well with the sweet dulce de leche. You can make, bake, and cool …

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Quick Keto Dessert Recipes

Does following the Keto diet mean no more delicious desserts? No more crunchy French macaron cookies? Or creamy cheesecake?     No luscious chocolate truffles? Or fudgy chocolate cake? Does a Keto diet mean spending long hours in the kitchen making unsatisfying desserts? Nope! Not if you make these fast Keto desserts and sweet snacks! …

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The 7 Best Desserts & Sweet Treats in Portland, Oregon

Planning a trip to the beautiful, quirky city of Portland, Oregon? Here are seven cake, ice cream, and pastry recommendations from my friends Michelle and Peter that will make your visit even sweeter. Clic Here to Pin this For Later! #1 – Salt and Straw Ice CreamContents1 #1 – Salt and Straw Ice Cream1.0.0.0.1 Photo …

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Recipe for Pavlova Fruit Wreath and Eton Mess

I’ve taken some time off this week and have been baking up a storm, making all sorts of new and delicious things – Icelandic Skyr, cultured European butter, quark, creme fraiche, dulce de leche, and 10+ different types of mini tarts for my new ebook (which you can download for free here). With all of the …

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Danish Brunkager – the Best Christmas Cookies

These crunchy, caramel-flavored, nut-filled traditional Danish cookies are sure to become a staple on your Christmas cookie plate!  I discovered Danish Brunkager cookies through a friend who lives in Copenhagen. When I asked her about the best Danish cookies for Christmas, she recommended I make Brunkager. I’m so glad I did! These cookies are easy …

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Easy Chocolate Hazelnut Truffles

For the past couple of years, my husband and I have made German-style Christmas advent calendars for family members who live far away. Because who doesn’t enjoy opening a little gift each day! This year, I surprised Aaron with his own advent calendar. Yesterday’s treat was a mini milk chocolate hazelnut Ritter Sport German chocolate bar, which …

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20 Warm Non-alcoholic Drinks for the Winter (that you can totally booze up if you want!)

As it begins to cool down outside I get so excited make my favorite hot drink and snuggle up in a cozy blanket inside! You, too? Well then, you’ll love these 20 warming winter drinks! These cozy drinks range from decadent to healthy and can be customized to suit your tastes and dietary needs. If …

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30+ Christmas Desserts (Cakes, Pies, Pastries, Breads and Other Sweet Treats) from Around the World

  I’m kicking off the Christmas holiday baking season today with 30 amazing recipes from around the world! Pin this For Later! I’m not one to welcome Christmas decorations, music or much of anything else before Halloween but I DO start planning the delicious holiday sweet treats I want to make well before I buy …

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