The holidays bring no shortage of sweets and pastries. Surprise Santa this year by setting aside standards like chocolate chip and sugar cookies in favour of some international goodies. Here are six to tickle your tastebuds:
1. Kolaczki – Poland
These delightful treats can come in a variety of shapes, from round to diamond, but the basics for this Polish Christmas cookie remain the same: a delicate dough with a jam-like filling finished with a light dusting of powdered sugar. The only trick is agreeing on the spelling…Kolaczki, Kolachy, Kolache, Kolacky?
2. Krumkake – Norway
Baking this traditional Norwegian cookie is an exact art and a subtle science. The sweet cardamom-tinged batter cooked almost like a crisp crepe that you carefully roll into a cone while still warm. You can eat it on its own or filled with whipped cream or fruit.
3. Vanillekipferl – Austria
The reigning Christmas cookie in Austria is Vanillekipferl, The crescent-shaped cookie batter gets its distinctive nutty flavour from ground almonds or hazelnuts and is finished with a generous dusting of vanilla sugar.
4. Pfeffernüsse – Netherlands
These tiny, spiced cookies are also made in Denmark and Germany around the holidays and are made from sugar, flour, cloves and cinnamon.
5. Struffoli – Italy
This traditional Neapolitan treat is less like a cookie and more like a Timbit. Deep fried balls of dough about the size of a large marble are treated to cinnamon and honey bath then topped with colourful sprinkles. Enjoy warm and by the handful.
6. Lebkuchen – Germany
This German gingerbread is often baked into rounds or cut into fun shapes. Traditional Lebkuchen can be found topped with almonds or a dollop of sugar icing.