Crispy Chocolate Squares

Crispy Chocolate Squares

Amazing chocolate squares, crispy and full of flavor, made with chocolate, caramel bonbons, corn flakes and hazelnuts. If you are still looking for a quick Christmas present or an addition to a Christmas present, please make this chocolate! If the person you give it to is a chocolate lover, you cannot go wrong, these squares are beyond good. They are heavenly! Unbelievable! And you don’t even have to be a…

German Hazelnut Macaroons – Nussmakronen

German Hazelnut Macaroons – Nussmakronen

Chewy and sweet hazelnut macaroons, these are typical German Christmas cookies made with only 4 ingredients. If you would like to make some cookies, but don’t feel like spending a lot of time in the kitchen, these hazelnut macaroons are the solution. They taste incredible, sweet and chewy and “hazelnutty”, are soft on the inside and crispy on the outside, they are made in no time and, at least for…

Egyptian Hazelnut Cake

Egyptian Hazelnut Cake

The creamiest, sweetest, comforting cake you can imagine. Hazelnuts, butter cream made with pudding and a caramel cream filling, can it get any better? I think I did not mention it yet, but the theme for the last two weeks of the year are hazelnuts. I love them dearly, I always did and there are so many things I put them into, I decided I might do a series about…

Vanilla Crescents – Vanillekipferl

Vanilla Crescents – Vanillekipferl

These Austrian Vanillekipferl are a must in our house every December. Tender and crumbly vanilla crescents, full of hazelnuts and rolled in vanilla sugar. Oma Lene’s famous Vanillekipferl, that she would make every December as long as she still lived in this house. She stopped making them 9 years ago when she had to move to a house for old people, but I kept making them ever since. I used…

Caramelized Walnut Cake

Caramelized Walnut Cake

A delicious, easy to make walnut cake filled with a quark-honey filling and topped with caramelized walnuts. A perfect cake for Christmas this year. It has a winter taste due to the walnuts, a winter look thanks to those creamy white quark-honey layers, it is better when made a day in advance, so no hassle on Christmas day and it tastes absolutely wonderful. This is another one of those cakes…

Yogurt Bomb with Berries

Yogurt Bomb with Berries

This is the best dessert ever! Ever! Ever! Creamy strained yogurt and cream, topped with mixed berries, it cannot get any better or easier. This is really our favorite dessert. We like yogurt based desserts and we have them in many different ways, but this is really something special, something that I make more often than any other yogurt dessert. Our entire family is crazy about it and every single…

Risotto Savoy Cabbage “Cake”

Risotto Savoy Cabbage “Cake”

This porcini risotto wrapped up in savoy cabbage leaves makes a delicious vegetarian main meal for the holiday season. If the slow roasted turkey leg, roulades or beef roast is not an option for you on Christmas, this sumptuous risotto cake might be the answer. It looks festive, it is filling, it fits most of the vegetable side dishes you could think of making and should you cook the Christmas…

Roasted Brussels Sprouts

Roasted Brussels Sprouts

This is my favorite way of enjoying Brussels sprouts: roasted in the oven with olive oil, lots of garlic and sprinkled with Parmesan. Time for a side dish recipe in my Christmas dinner series: roasted Brussels sprouts Brussels sprouts with garlic and orange juice and sprinkled with some Parmesan just before serving. I love it! I was in my twenties already the first time that I had Brussels sprouts. I…

Oven Slow-Cooked Turkey Leg

Oven Slow-Cooked Turkey Leg

Tender meat and crispy skin, a turkey leg slow-cooked in the oven, I can’t think of a tastier and easier way of cooking turkey. I don’t know about you, but I have never cooked a whole turkey. They are quite expensive and soooo large and there is no Thanksgiving tradition in Germany, which might entice me to such an experiment. I do cook lots of chickens and even a duck…

Cauliflower Soup with Almond Balls

Cauliflower Soup with Almond Balls

A creamy cauliflower soup with almond balls and almond dukkah, a delicious vegetarian starter for the Christmas lunch or dinner. In case you haven’t yet started thinking about what you will cook for Christmas, now would be the time to start doing it. 🙂 Many of my friends already know what they will cook, especially the traditionalists like my mother-in-law, who tend to cook the same meal each Christmas, but…