European Christmas Cookies Bonuses
- USA Pan baking pan (half sheet)
- USA Pan quarter pan (quarter sheet)
- Silpat baking mat (half sheet size)
- Silpat baking mat (quarter sheet size)
- Vanilla sugar recipe
- Speculaas spice recipe
- Where to buy ingredients
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Austrian Vanilla Crescent Cookies
- Homemade vanilla sugar takes this recipe up a delicious notch. Get my super simple recipe here.
- If you’re having trouble shaping your cookies, this video will help!
Croatian Coconut Balls
- Don’t skip the powdered milk! That’s what gives these treats their delicious taste.
- You can, however, use shredded or desiccated coconut (I prefer desiccated but have used shredded).
- Make sure to use unsweetened coconut, otherwise the treats will be too sugary.
- You can make your own puff pastry from scratch. Or keep a box from the store in your freezer!
- You can use any kind of jam you’d like. Lemon curd would also taste great!
Speculaas Spice Palmiers
- Click here to lear how to make fragrant Dutch speculaas spice (plus 5 more ways to use it)
- Why not make up extra speculaas spice (or vanilla sugar) to give as holiday gifts?
German Rum Balls
- Chocolate is the star of this recipe, so use the best you can afford!
- I tried all dark and found that a mix of dark and milk tasted the best.
- You can make these treats ahead of time – just store them in an air-tight container in the fridge.
Greek Honey Spice Cookies
- Make these cookies a day or two ahead of time so the syrup has time to soak into the cookies. You can add the walnuts and orange zest just before serving.
- These cookies are a little sticky due to the syrup.
Icelandic Cornflake Cookies
- Use quality chocolate or chocolate chips. Don’t use mini chocolate chips.
- No need to buy brand name cornflakes if you don’t want to.
- My silpat baking mat worked really well when baking these cookies.
Italian Christmas Cookies
- Use Christmas sprinkles for a festive look.
- These cookies stand up well to coffee and tea.
- Change the sprinkles and they’re great any time of year!
- Use your favorite jam in these cookies – or lemon curd!
- You can make these any size, really. If you want bigger kolaczki, cut fewer squares and increase jam and baking time. (I don’t recommend going smaller, though.)
Swedish Dream Cookies
- These cookies are heavenly but they are delicate, so keep that in mind when transporting them.
- They may look plain but trust me, they don’t need anything extra.