Nov 252015

Florentine Cookies or "Florentiner" in German is a classic German cookie which has its origin probably in France from the 17th century. But it is said that it was brought to France by Katharina di Medici who was from the Tuscany of Italy.
The classic cookie recipe is not using flour or eggs but almond or hazelnut flour, butter, honey and candied fruit like cherries, lemons or oranges.. The bottom is often coated with chocolate. Happy Baking!

florentine cookies

Ingredients (makes 40)
50 g candied fruit such as cherries, lemons or oranges
50 g butter
75 g sugar
1 pack. vanilla sugar, 0.8oz - Go to How to make Vanilla Sugar -
150 g heavy cream
1 tbsp flour
50 g honey
50 g chopped almonds
100g almond slices (if possible blanched)
100 g dark chocolate
1 tbsp sunflower oil (neutral)
round cookie cutter (3 inches)

Baking Instructions
- chop candied fruit very fine.
- mix butter, vanilla sugar, heavy cream, sugar and honey in a pot and bring while stirring to a boil.
- add candied fruit and flour and let simmer for 2 min.
- add chopped and slices almonds and let soak for 1 min on the lowest heat (gas) or turned off stove (electric).
- preheat oven to 345 F; layer a baking tray with parchment paper.
- place with 2 tea spoons little heaps in a distance of 1,5 inches.
- bake for 10-12 min.
- place the cookie cutter on the hot cookie and cut it out (press gently down and wiggle the cutter), let cool off.
- carefully remove from the paper and place upside down on a baking grid.
- chop the dark chocolate and using the double boiler method melt the chocolate, add the oil.
- with 2 forks dip the bottom side of the Florentine into the chocolate and with another fork make wavy forms into the chocolate.

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Nov 252015


German Egg liqueur or "Eierlikoer" in German is a traditional German liqueur and you can buy it from Verpoorten, the most popular Dutch brand for egg liqueur.
In the former DDR (East-German Republic) it was a popular drink; I found a recipe from that region. You can enjoy it pure in small liqueur glasses or use it as an ingredient for cakes and desserts. It is delicious as a topping for chocolate or vanilla ice cream and in Germany you can even buy German egg liqueur ice cream in ice cream parlors and frozen in the supermarket.  Happy Cooking!

german egg liqueur

Recipe from East Germany
Ingredients (for 1 bottle 0,7l or bottle of 0,5 l content - entirely 1,2 liter)
8 egg yolks
250 g powdered sugar
375 ml evaporated milk
1 package or 0.9oz vanilla sugar
250 ml dark rum, 54% (you can use schnaps, cognac or brandy instead, 40%)

Cooking Instructions German Egg Liqueur
- Beat egg yolks and vanilla sugar until foamy and add slowly powdered sugar and evaporated milk while mixing it.
- Slowly add the rum depending on how strong you want to have the egg liqueur, add more or less.
-  Using the double-boiler method heat it while stirring frequently; important: it should never boil.
- while warm fill it into bottles but don't fill them until the top. The liqueur gets thicker after a while and you need to add more milk or rum in order to be able to pour it out of the bottle.

Recipe Vanilla Egg Liqueur
5 egg yolks
125 g powdered sugar
200 g heavy cream
100 ml white rum
2 tsp vanilla (liquid)

Mix egg yolks and powdered sugar with the hand mixer for 10 min (highest level).
Add heavy cream and beat for another 7 min.
Add rum and vanilla and mix for 3 min.

Nov 242015

Orange Liqueur cookies for Christmas or any other occasion - a German cookie specialty as you can find only in Germany. With this German recipe you can make them wherever you are in your kitchen. Happy Baking!

orange liqueur cookies

Ingredients (makes 40 cookies) Orange Liqueur Cookies

150 g sugar
1 pack. vanilla sugar
1 pinch salt
200 g butter, soft, room temp.
2 eggs
zest of 1 organic orange
1 tbsp orange liqueur
375 g flour
125 g almond flour
4-6 tbsp orange liqueur and powdered sugar

Baking Instructions
- beat sugar, butter, salt and vanilla sugar until creamy.
- grate orange peel but not the white part, add to dough with orange liqueur.
- mix flour and almonds, add to dough, knead it until it is smooth.
- form 2 inch thick rolls and wrap them in foil, keep them 2-3 hours in the fridge.
- cut slices of 3/4 inch (1,5cm) and place them on a baking tray layered with parchment paper.
- bake in preheated oven on 180 C or 350 F for 12-15 min.
- spread orange liqueur on the warm cookies and powder them thick with a layer of powdered sugar.

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Nov 232015
Filled Butter Cookies

The filled butter cookies are very easy to make and this is a great recipe for baking beginners. It is an original German recipe. Just in time for Christmas. Germany has mastered the Christmas cookie baking since hundreds of years and has the most recipes of this world. Happy Baking! Ingredients (makes 15 cookies) 130 … read more …

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Nov 232015
Filled Honey Ring Cookies

The filled honey ring cookies are a wonderful addition for the Christmas cookie platter. This is an original German recipe. You can find all ingredients in US super markets and the vanilla sugar is easy to make at home – Go to the recipe How to make Vanilla Sugar – Happy Baking! Ingredients (makes 50-60 … read more …

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Nov 232015
Schaeufele - Southern Meat Specialty

Schäufele – Southern Meat Specialty – In Germany the evening of Dec 24 is the special day when gifts are exchanged and it is also the evening for special food specialties depending on the German region. In the South near the Black Forest and between Lake Constance and Stuttgart the dinner on the 24th can … read more …

Nov 192015
Walnut Rings Christmas Cookies

Walnut rings Christmas cookies are easy to make and as you can see on the photo they are combined with another German Christmas cookie: Filled Honey Ring Cookies – Find the recipe for the Filled Honey Ring Cookies here – They are a nice addition for your Christmas Cookie Platter. Do you know that you … read more …

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