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France:  Madeleines
2010-10-13 21:37
Guest contributor, Alicia RohnerThere are two legends associated with Madeleines, those delicious French treats.Madeleines are almost always associated with the little French town of Commerc… Read More
Puerto Rico:  Mantecaditos
2010-07-24 12:30
Historically, several countries have had an influence on Puerto Rican cuisine: Spain, Mexico, Africa and the United States.Sweets are very much a part of the Puerto Rican cuisine, with cust… Read More
Poland:  Chrusciki
2010-07-24 12:29
Loosely translated, Chrusciki means “cookie” in Polish. They are also commonly referred to as "Angels’ Wings", although North Americans also refer to them as "Bow Ties". Th… Read More
Russia:  Kosh Tili
2010-07-24 12:29
One of the smallest and least-known ethnic groups in Russia are the Tatars. They represent an area officially known as Tatarstan, 500 miles east of Moscow. Kosh Tili, which means "birds' to… Read More
United States:  Apees
2010-07-24 12:29
Apees (also known as A.P. or apeas) are a spiced butter cookie of German origins that are popular in Philadelphia and the Pennsylvania Dutch country.History has is that the cookies got their… Read More
Iran:  Nan-e Berenji
2010-04-05 08:51
Nan-e Berenji (Cardamom Rice Cookies)For Syrup:1-1/2 cups sugar1/2 cup water1/4 tablespoon rose water*For Batter:3 egg yolks1 tbs sugar1 cup clarified butter or ghee*1/2 cup corn oil1-1/2 te… Read More
Ukraine:  Varenyky
2008-01-11 00:26
Varenyky (or vareniki in Russian) are stuffed dough pockets that are near and dear to the hearts of the people of the Ukraine, although variations are also found in Belarusian, Russian, Poli… Read More
Lebanon:  Nammoura
2008-01-10 22:50
Nammoura is a traditional Middle Eastern sweet treat that everyone, especially the children, enjoys.Nammoura14 oz. Cream of Wheat1/4 pound butter, melted1-1/2 tsp vanilla extract1 tsp baking… Read More
South Africa:  Koeksisters
2008-01-08 20:52
Koeksisters are a very sticky South African sweet. They originated from the Malayan slaves brought to Cape Province by the European settlers. The Malays made this deep-fried spiced sweet in… Read More
Malaysia:  Durian Apom Balik
2008-01-08 19:53
Malaysian sweets are often made with copious amounts of coconut and/or palm sugar. They are plentiful with street vendors hawking delicious treats all day."Durian" is the fruit of a Malaysia… Read More
Italy:  Amaretti
2008-01-08 18:53
Amaretti is the Italian name for macaroons, which means "little bitter things". Crisp and crunchy on the outside and soft inside, these small, domed shaped cookies originated in Venice, Ital… Read More
Mexico:  Polvorones De Canela
2008-01-08 16:06
Polvorones de Canela (Cinnamon Cookies)1 cup butter1/2 cup powdered sugar1/2 tsp cinnamon1/4 tsp salt1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract2 cups flour1 cup powdered sugar plus 1 tsp cinnamon for d… Read More
Portugal:  Raivas
2008-01-08 15:24
Portuguese cuisine is characterised by rich, filling and full-flavored dishes and is a prime example of a Mediterranean diet. The influence of Portugal's former colonial possessions is clear… Read More
Scotland:  Shortbread
2008-01-08 14:41
Scotland is known for many things, their Shortbread being one of them. While Shortbread was traditionally made with fine oat flour and butter, the recipe has been updated to use wheat flour… Read More
Spain:  Almendrados
2008-01-07 21:35
Almendrados, almond-lemon macaroons, which date from the 15th century or earlier, are cookies made of ground blanched almonds, lemon zest, egg and sugar and are left out to dry for a day bef… Read More
Egypt: Zalabia
2008-01-07 20:13
Zalabia are puffy fritters soaked in syrup that are popular in Egypt and other Middle Eastern countries. The dough is usually colored red or yellow to express joy and happiness, and the frit… Read More
Israel: Hamantaschen (Haman's Pockets)
2008-01-07 19:26
Hamantaschen are a traditional sweet of the Purim holiday. Purim takes place in the early springtime and celebrates the deliverance of the Jews long ago in Persia from the plotting of the Pe… Read More
Japan:  Yokan
2008-01-07 16:43
Most little cakes, or kashi, made in Japanese homes are mixtures of bean or potato paste and sugar, thickened with agar-agar. Agar-agar is made from seaweed and is a cross between gelatin an… Read More
Ireland:  Oatcakes
2008-01-05 19:40
Farms all over Ireland grow the traditional oats, so it is no wonder that it is a favorite cereal there. Irish oatmeal is a hardy breakfast dish, and Oatcakes are eaten throughout the day.Th… Read More
2006-06-07 11:16
The Amish in the United States are known for their simple living. They shun most modern conveniences and live with an emphasis on family, community and the church. Although Amish groups can… Read More
2006-06-07 11:16
Latvian cuisine overall has been greatly influenced by its neighboring countries. Tokorzvarhitjas, or bowknot cookies, may have originated in Latvia, but the idea is basically the same wheth… Read More
2006-06-07 11:16
There is no cookie that says "Christmas in Sweden" more than traditional Pepparkakor, commonly referred to as "ginger thins" or "gingernuts" in the UK. Although they are similar in taste to… Read More
2006-06-07 11:16
The Portuguese have had an impact on the way Asians cook. This can be seen as early as the early 16th century when the Portuguese went abroad from Malaysia to nearby Thailand, then known as… Read More

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