cookies

Triple chocolate spelt cookies

triple chocolat espelt cookies

There are only three cookies pictured above. The reason for this is not that the recipe only makes 3 cookies (it makes about 20), but that by the time I got around to photographing them, there were only 3 left.…

Christmas cookies hall of fame

christmas cookies

Yesterday we celebrated Sinterklaas’s birthday, ate way too many pepernoten and speculaas and sang all the Sinterklaas songs. It turned out I know the lyrics of some of the songs better than my Dutch relatives, which I think should entitle…

Pepernoten

pepernoten

This year’s arrival of the good Saint Sinterklaas (the bearded guy who brings us presents to celebrate his birthday on 5th December) was preceded by a nationwide debate about whether or not it’s appropriate for him to have black helpers…

Chocolate brownies with ganache topping

brownies with ganache topping

 It’s always fun to see what search terms lead readers to strand on this little island in the vast sea of the internet. The most interesting recent search term was “how to grow a cook”. Though I might not really…

Snowflake cookies

Snowflake cookies

When my sister messaged asking what my husband wanted for Christmas, he answered all he wanted was “white Christmas” and world peace. She probably rolled her eyes and decided to give him a pair of socks. I, of course, would…

Peanut Butter and Mocha Checkerboards

Peanutbutter and mocha checkerboards

There’s time for kale salad and there’s time for cookies. The time for kale salad is mostly in January, but now, the week before Christmas, is time for cookies. Last year I made my coffee-addicted husband these cookies, this year…

Crispy cane cookies

Crispy cane cookies

Saint Nicholas has left for Spain so we can turn our thoughts to Christmas without feeling guilty. And “turn our thoughts to Christmas” means mainly “start baking Christmas cookies”. Because of an overdue kitchen renovation I find myself, at the…

Cranberry walnut biscotti

Cranberry walnut biscotti and Parmesan biscuits

Last time I told you about the wonderful Parmesan biscuits that I brought to a dinner as a hostess gift. And I brought these biscotti, too. Something to have with the wine, and something with your after-dinner coffee – everything…

Parmesan and poppy biscuits

Parmesan and poppy bescuits

When my sister was in second grade, the class was discussing manners and the teacher asked: “What do you bring the hostess when you go for a visit?” Now, at that time our parents led a busy social life and…

White chocolate chip coffee cookies

White chocolate coffee cookies

Have you read Pippi Longstockings by Astrid Lindgren? It is one of the best children’s books ever and as such it is a great read no matter what your age is. It was a great pleasure to reread it with…

Speculaas spice chocolate chip cookies

Speculaas spice chocolate chip cookies

It’s been almost exactly six months since Sinterklaas, the good old saint and Santa Clause’s Dutch cousin, showered us with presents and then swiftly left for Spain. I can’t blame him for wanting to live in a more favorable climate.…

Chocolate cinnamon rugelach

chocolate cinnamon rugelach

Last Monday, the whole Dutch nation celebrated the Queen’s birthday. This might lead you to believe that queen Beatrix was actually born 30th April. Not so, it was her mother’s birthday. But upon inheriting the throne, the queen very wisely…

Gingerbread chocolate cookies

`gingerbread chocolate cookies

You know what the Dutch national sport is? Speed skating! Less than 2 weeks have passed since my post in which I complained about the parody on winter we were having and all has changed: it’s freezing so much that…