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German Hazelnut Cookies

These easy German hazelnut cookies are delightfully light, buttery cookies packed with flavorful chopped hazelnuts. I always associate cookies with Christmas in Germany. The first year I lived in Hamburg, my German host mom made all kinds of delicious holiday cookies. I was always so happy when she’d bring out a selection of traditional German …

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Golden Syrup Cookies (3 Ways!)

Since British golden syrup is one of the most popular recipes on the IDB (right up there with German “Bee Sting” Cake and Crustless German Cheesecake), I’ve been testing out recipes that use this popular buttery caramel flavored syrup. Today I’ve got these super easy and super delicious Golden Syrup Cookies for you. Even better, …

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The Easy Way to Make Homemade Skyr Yogurt (One of the Best Desserts in Iceland)

When I was in Iceland a few years ago (on a stopover after a work trip to the Netherlands) I was super excited to try authentic Icelandic skyr yogurt. I love yogurt, quark, and creme fraiche, and I was pretty sure I’d swoon over real skyr…and I was right. Skyr is so smooth, thick, and …

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Authentic Tres Leches Cake Recipe (Flaming Eye Ghost Cake)

This tres leches ghost cake is an updated vintage cake recipe perfect for Halloween. Don’t want the ghost shape? Make the tres leches cake in a rectangular pan. This cake is delicious, no matter what shape it’s in! Raise your hand if you had the Betty Crocker Cookbook for Boys and Girls when you were a …

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Easy German Plum Cake (aka Zwetschgenkuchen or Pflaumenkuchen)

This easy plum cake is a popular dessert in Germany (it’s called Zwetschgenkuchen or Pflaumenkuchen in German). Filled with fresh plums and topped with streusel, it’s the perfect summer treat. To make it extra delicious, serve with whipped cream or a scoop of vanilla ice cream. Do you like plums? Not being a fan of …

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Lemon Strawberry French Mille Crepes Cake

If you like crepes, you’ll love this French mille crepes cake! This delicious cake is comprised of 20 tender crepes, a luscious lemon whipped cream filling in-between each and every crepe, and fresh strawberries. I drizzled golden syrup over the strawberries and added a few hazelnuts to give the cake a little something extra. This …

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Ultimate Guide to French Palmiers

What’s better than a delicious cookie? A delicious cookie that looks like you spent hours making them but only requires two ingredients and is actually a cinch to make. French Palmiers are that cookie! Click here to pin this for later! What are French Palmiers? French Palmiers are a crunchy, buttery, sweet “cookie” made from …

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Espumilla: Ecuadorian Meringue Cream Dessert

When my friend Michelle told me about espumilla, a traditional Ecuadorian dessert that she ate in Cuenca, Ecuador, I was intrigued. You’ll see espumillas being sold on the corners of the plaza or outside of churches. They look like ice cream that never melts, but don’t be fooled! It’s actually a soft meringue served in a cone. Espumilla de guayaba …

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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 things! …

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Eiskaffee: The Best Coffee in Germany

When I was an exchange student in Hamburg many years ago, my German host mom introduced me to one of my favorite summertime treats: Eiskaffee (German iced coffee). On the hot summer afternoons I was around the house she’d get this twinkle in her eye and ask me if I’d like a “calorie bomb.” Indeed, …

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

I always travel with chocolate. Please tell me I’m not the only one who gets chocolate cravings in the middle of a long flight! I usually resort to buying (expensive and not that satisfying) peanut butter M & M’s at the airport, something I only crave when I’m traveling. But for my recent trip to Europe …

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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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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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Bûche de Noël (French Yule Log Cake)

Bûche de Noël (Yule Log Cake) is my kind of dessert. It’s is a beautiful French Christmas cake that looks impressive but is actually very easy to make!  I’ve made made Bûche de Noël before but I’ve never made one with meringue mushrooms, so I decided to give it a try. It’s worth the effort …

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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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