Okay, these aren’t quite sugar plums. They are some of my favorite holiday treats that I make and give as gifts. I wish I could share these with you; I’ll have to settle for a virtual cafe. Can you smell the coffee brewing and the fragrance of steeping tea bags?
I use note card boxes with clear lids for packaging them. Six truffles fit perfectly in most note card boxes. Use the highest quality ingredients when you make these — it’s worth it!ganache gently rolled in cocoa powder or nuts instead of the chocolate-coated varieties we find more often in the shops. Let’s just say they melt in your mouth — and they’ll melt in your hands if you don’t eat them quickly. Now that’s incentive!
I usually make speculaas, rosettes, springerle and walnut cookies. This year I returned to childhood favorites: palmiers (I added cinnamon to the sugar to bring a bit of holiday spice); sour-cream spritz; and raspberry, apricot and nut-filled kolaczki (pronounced ko-LAch-key) my grandmother used to make every year.
I’ve recently discovered these tiny gingerbread houses for setting on the rim of a tea cup or coffee mug. They’re on the list for next year’s treat-making day.
Bon appetit! Good friends, good drinks, good treats, let’s eat!
What are some of your favorite holiday treats?