Hazelnut Biscotti

As a child, I remember my aunts baking the most delicious, crunchy almond biscotti. They were perfect dipped in coffee for breakfast. These big, beautiful hazelnut biscotti have the same satisfying crunch — with a little cinnamon to spice things up. These cookies freeze extremely well so they’re the perfect make-ahead treat. Ingredients:  3/4 cup…

Boozy Balls

Now that you’ve stopped giggling at the title of this recipe, these are a great way to add a little boozy bite to your New Year’s sweet table. These are basically slightly underbaked brownies that are broken up into pieces and mixed with your favourite liqueur. One third of a cup of liqueur is the…

Pan di Spagna

Nearly every Italian family has a tried and true pan di spagna (sponge cake) recipe that’s been handed down and passed around. Some call it ciambella or ciambellone. I’ve tried many different pan di spagna recipes over the years and none comes close to the one my husband’s Zia Antonietta shared with me. It’s as…

Rolled Sugar Cookies

It’s become a tradition in our family to get all the kids together before Christmas Eve to decorate cookies for Santa. They love smearing the royal icing on the cookies and getting creative. Not gonna lie…the kids eat most of the royal icing before it gets to the cookies, they almost always use way too…

Croccante Americano (aka Peanut Brittle)

Croccante is Italy’s version of nut brittle. It’s a holiday treat many of our mothers, nonnas and zias typically made with almonds. A few years back, I discovered a recipe for croccante americano — aka peanut brittle — that is highly addictive and made even more delicious by a light sprinkling of sea salt as…