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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 […]

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.  […]

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!  […]

Almond Pear Tart

Almond Pear Tart

Almond Pear Tart I am not sure if it is because I watched every episode of Julia Child and Martha Stewart growing up, but I definitely have an affinity to French Cuisine and French Pastries.  It is no wonder that when I was looking to […]

Harvey Wallbanger Cake

Harvey Wallbanger Cake

Harvey Wallbanger Cake This was originally a Duncan Hines® cake recipe.  I have added to it. The Harvey Wallbanger is a classic 1970’s cocktail, even though it was invented in 1952. According to folklore, it was invented by champion mixologist Donato “Duke” Antone. It was […]

Aunt Bebe’s Sour Cream Cheesecake

Aunt Bebe’s Sour Cream Cheesecake

Last weekend was my 60th birthday.  I decided to make my Aunt Bebe’s Sour Cream Cheesecake as a treat for myself. Her recipe is from 1948. Everyone has that fun relative that is laid back and easy going.  When I was young, maybe 7 or […]


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