Cookies and Confections

buttercrunch toffee

Chocolate. Buttercrunch.  Toffee.  These delicious words sound crunchy and nutty and oh, so good!  And this candy is all of that!

Most people think that making candy is complicated or takes a long time.  Some sweets are fussy but this recipe isn’t one of those. [click to continue…]


Peppery Spice CookiesSteaming chicken soup.  A pile of playful noodles.  Fragrant spice cookies.  There are as many versions of these popular foods as there are cooks in the kitchen.  Changes came from availability of ingredients, feedback from those at the table, and the mood of the cook.

Peppernuts, pfeffernusse, [click to continue…]


springerle-v3If you are intrigued with self-frosting Anise Platzchen, the light and crisp anise-flavored German cookies, then you may just fall in love again with springerle (SPRING-ur-luh), a traditional European cookie that is often spiced with anise. [click to continue…]



Pignoli Cookies v1

Need something special for your cookie tray?   These  Italian Pignoli Cookies amp up the “oohs” and “aahs” when cookie splurgers bite through the crisp outer layer to reveal the decadently-chewy interior.   Southern Italy and [click to continue…]


Almond Cranberry Biscotti V1Almond Cranberry Cantucci – this biscotti has been a favorite in Gin’s Kitchen for a long time and often requested – we now share it with you.  Scented with orange zest, this “not too hard” biscotti is generously studded with crunchy almonds and sweet-tart dried cranberries.

And it’s so easy to make!  [click to continue…]


Swedish Chocolate Almond Macaroon Chokladbiskvier and Abba – two memorable Swedish contributions! [click to continue…]