Common Kitchen Substitutions

I’m a firm believer in using what you have. If you don’t have milk or sugar or eggs, it’s not the end of the world. Over the years, I’ve treasured quick substitutions. Here are some of my favorites: Baking Soda & Baking Powder Baking soda is a hot commodity in Germany; while in the USA,…

Easy Brownie Cupcakes

After a trip to Ghirardelli Square in San Fransisco, my life needed more brownies! An adaptation of Angie’s Best Brownie Recipe on All Recipes has become the saviour for all our brownie needs. With a few tweaks and tricks, I’ve settled on pulling together a list of simple ingredients to make gooey brownies in a snap!…

Homemade Pectin-Free Raspberry Jam

For our “last” summer weekend way back in 2015, we took a trip to New Paltz, NY to enjoy some outdoor time. After milkshakes and camping and climbing, we spent one of our afternoons raspberry picking at Jenkins-Leuken Orchards. We had a rough time with our picking at first. There didn’t seem to be many…

Banana Nut Muffins

It’s really just a spin on banana bread for those of us who don’t have a bread pan. I love making muffins instead of a loaf. They take half the time to bake, they’re easy to grab on the go and they’re easy to pack! It’s also a healthier alternative to grabbing a cupcake or…

Mirror Sugar Cookies

Take the mirror cake trend to your cookies, with the help of marshmallows! I accidentally discovered this several years ago, when I was home for Christmas. I used melted marshmallows to cover a cake because frosting was too sweet. When it solidified, it looked like it was straight out of Doctor Seuss! This year, I…

Macaroons

These moist little cookies are a coconut lover’s dream. I make them every year as an addition to our traditional cookie spread. Whether you add food coloring, cover them with chocolate, or enjoy them as a pure coconutty treat, they’re simple and delicious! Ingredients 2 1/2 cups sweetened, shredded coconut 4 large egg whites 1/3…

Shortbread Marzipan Linzer Cookies

This is a multi-step process that will result in mind-blowing cookies 🙂 Step 1: Shortbread Cookies Ingredients: 1 Cup Softened Butter (unsalted) 1/2 Cup granulated white sugar 2 1/2 Cups White Flour – in Germany, you can use 1050 or 405. It results in great cookies either way. If you use the 1050, you’ll have…