Family Friendly Recipes

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Gingerbread Cookies

Gingerbread Cookies

Gingerbread Cookies This posting is somewhat bittersweet for me, as Gingerbread Cookies are typically one of the last Christmas cookies that I make each year.  Gingerbread Cookies are the quintessential Christmas cookie.  I have been using this recipe since the 1970s.  It has the perfect […]

Spritz Cookies

Spritz Cookies

Spritz Cookies Your cookie jar should be getting filled by now with all of these cookie recipes I have been sharing.  Every cookie baker should have a classic Spritz Cookie recipe in their repertoire and here is mine. Spritzgebäck, oftened shortened to Spritz in the […]

Almond Biscotti

Almond Biscotti

Almond Biscotti Almond Biscotti, a classic Italian cookie!  Biscotti, also known as cantucci, originated in the city of Prato.  These oblong-shaped cookies are always twice-baked.  They are crunchy and meant to be dipped into a drink such as coffee, tea or wine.  Unlike other Italian […]

Pizzelle

Pizzelle

Pizzelle (Italian Waffle Cookies) Pizzelle is a  classic Italian wafer cookie that is sprinkled with confectioners’ sugar.  They are typically lightly flavored with anise.  However, other flavors such as vanilla, almond or lemon are also used. Cocoa powder and a little extra sugar can also […]

Cocoa Cookies

Cocoa Cookies

Cocoa Cookies (Italian Cocoa Cookies) My cookie factory is in full swing for the holidays!  I think these are my favorite Italian Christmas cookies!  Rich cocoa and warm spices with a light icing on top…so good!  These drop cookies are really simple and quick to […]

Cuccidati (Fig Cookies)

Cuccidati (Fig Cookies)

Cuccidati Cuccidati (Sicilian Fig Cookies) are fig and nut stuffed cookies traditionally served at Christmas, weddings or other special occasions.  I am not sure why, but my Mother called them Wish-A-Da-Da’s.  My Grandmother spoke broken English.  It is possible that my Mother didn’t understand what […]

Sesame Seed Cookies

Sesame Seed Cookies

Sesame Seed Cookies I probably mentioned this before, but holiday cookie making for the holidays at my house has always been a big production.  I started this tradition back in the late 1970s.  I typically make at least 30 different cookies with 10 dozen each.  […]

Amaretto Truffles

Amaretto Truffles

Amaretto Truffles My Mother was a chocoholic!  She loved these truffles and would keep sneaking them as I made them.  I had to keep some out for her and hide the rest so we had enough to give out as gifts.  These Amaretto Truffles are […]

Rum Balls

Rum Balls

Rum Balls Original Recipe:  Rose Wyrostek, 1960 I have been making cookies for the family since 1977.  There were quite a few years that I would make up to 30 different cookies, 10 dozen each, plus candy, truffles and fudge.  Oh, to be young again!  […]

Apple Spice Muffins

Apple Spice Muffins

Apple Spice Muffins These Apple Spice Muffins are filled with sautéed apples, warm Autumn spices and a wonderful crunchy crumb topping.  If you are like me, you will want to finish the delicious muffin top before you ever get to the muffin. About ten years […]


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