Figgy Pudding

Now, bring us some figgy pudding, Now, bring us some figgy pudding, Now, bring us some figgy pudding, So bring some out here. Good tidings we bring To you and your kin; We wish you a merry Christmas And a happy new year! We’ve all heard of figgy pudding made famous by the Christmas carol,…

Joulutortut

Christmas would not be complete without at least one traditional Finnish baked good. Finland is home to Santa Claus’s address after all! When children send their letters to Santa every year, they send them to Santa Claus, Main Post Office, FI-96930 Arctic Circle. This address is in Rovaniemi, the Santa Claus Village located in the Lapland…

Vanillekipferl

Vanillekipferl are said to have originated in Vienna, Austria, although they are enjoyed in many countries including Germany, Hungary, Czech Republic, Romania, and Slovakia. Made with ground almonds and flavored with vanilla sugar, these crescent shaped cookies are enjoyed mostly during the Advent and Christmas season. They are said to be in the shape of the…

Speculaas

Today is the feast of St. Nicholas and we are celebrating with Speculaas cookies, a spiced shortcrust cookie traditional to the Netherlands. Speculaas are usually cut using intricate wooden cookie molds with images of animals, plants, people, windmills and the bishop of Myra, St. Nicholas – although simple shapes decorated with almonds are also popular. Almost identical…

Spitzbuben

Christmas in Germany is the Christmas celebration of all Christmas celebrations. From mid-November through Christmas day, the streets of Germany are bedecked with Weihnachtsmärkte (Christmas markets) full of Glühwein, fragrant baked goods, handmade decorations, wooden toys, Bratwurst, and the list goes on. Everywhere you go you can feel the festivities of Christmas. The Christmas season I spent…