Swedish Pepparkakor Cookies

The first Christmas I made pepparkakor, my son, who we call “the eating machine,” snuck past me and secretly devoured most of a heaping plate full.  Probably about two dozen at once.  So be warned.  Baking these cookies is a risk.  Well worth it though! Surprisingly, I did not encounter these cookies as part of my Swedish family heritage.  Rather, I discovered them through a children’s Christmas … Continue reading Swedish Pepparkakor Cookies

Five Spice Pepper Nuts | Swirls and Spice

7 Cookie Recipes Worth Making and Taking

December has arrived, and I haven’t started baking in earnest yet.  However I am okay with that.  Usually I can be found baking all through the twelve days of Christmas.  Our family runs on an academic calendar, so that’s often the time that works best.  The pace of life slows.  My kids are out of school and eager to help make and scarf down what we create together. If you think … Continue reading 7 Cookie Recipes Worth Making and Taking

Sweet Potato Rice Pudding

This sweet potato rice pudding is pure creamy comfort on a plate.  And it’s perfect for a crowd.  Those who are sensitive to gluten and dairy will appreciate that they can enjoy it right along with everyone else. Nothing says comfort food like my mom’s baked Swedish rice pudding.  One of the earliest recipes I shared here at Swirls and Spice was Custard-Style Baked Rice Pudding, which is her recipe, … Continue reading Sweet Potato Rice Pudding

Five Spice Pepper Nuts

As an avid baker, I am usually both surprised and intrigued when I hear about something new.  Last month’s discovery was pepper nuts.  Have you ever tried them? I was schooled by a friend in town here about what pepper nuts are and how to make them.  Interestingly, they require neither pepper nor nuts.  They are crunchy (like nuts) and spicy (like pepper).  These teeny … Continue reading Five Spice Pepper Nuts

Pistachio Almond Cookie Brittle {Gluten Free} | Swirls and Spice

Pistachio Almond Blondie Brittle

Christmastime is near.  And that often calls for trays of something sweet to munch on, for which blondie brittle is perfect.  Neither ridiculously sweet nor tricky to pick up, this Pistachio Almond Blondie Brittle is an ideal party guest. And it would make great company for my Hot Chocolate Cookie Brittle and Double Chocolate Cookie Brittle with peanuts.  All of three them can also be … Continue reading Pistachio Almond Blondie Brittle

Pomegranate Orange Bars {Gluten Free}

Pomegranate Gem Orange Bars

Sparkling red pomegranate atop tangy orange bars make a lovely and refreshing addition to the dessert table.  For extra fun, I spelled the word “JOY” with pomegranate arils.  But what you write (or don’t write) is up to you!  The bars look even more colourful with a generous sprinkling of pomegranate rubies.  May your heart and home have room for joy this holiday season. I’ll … Continue reading Pomegranate Gem Orange Bars