I love this time of year since it means you can go overboard with many things including baking. I love to bake all kinds of sugary goodness and my mouth always waters over (and my brain marvels over) the incredible looking cookies that grace the covers of holiday baking magazines. However, I do have this blog where I try to “adhere” to its purpose as much as possible which essentially boils down to an international/multicultural theme and so cookie recipes that were concocted in “Jane Smith’s” kitchen won’t really cut it (not to say that those cookies are not delicious).
From the awesomeness that is Google I came across a really cool blog entitled “A Cookie for Every Country.” It was a blog started by a woman who describes herself as being a “cookie fanatic” and in 2007 she challenged herself to “find at least one traditional cookie from every country all over the globe.” She blogged from 2007 to 2010 which is when her last post appears (no posts in 2009 though). Although not every country is represented (I see a lot of African countries missing) the blog is still pretty incredible since there are recipes from Afghanistan, Nigeria, and Thailand listed along with those from cookie famous countries like Germany and Sweden. If you’re looking to do some “around the world” baking this holiday season, I highly encourage you to check out this amazing blog. Kudos to her for wanting to go beyond the standard sugar and chocolate chip cookie recipes.
Last Saturday night (I was out all day so my baking commenced at 9 PM) I ended up making a pound cake recipe that I adapted from my Colonial Williamsburg cookbook (I’ll be blogging about that shortly) and the first cookie recipe I tried out, South Africa’s Soetkoekies (Spicy Wine Cookies). Yes, you read that correctly-cookies that feature wine, red wine to be exact (South Africa is one of the most famous wine producing nations in the world). She notes that soetkoekies are of Dutch origin and are similar in many ways to a famous Dutch cookie, speculaas, however, the red wine definitely makes them unique.
The cookies were extremely easy to make and were exceptionally moist and chewy. Not to mention, the one ingredient you could really taste, which for the adult demographic is definitely a plus. It was really hard picking out my first recipe to try with so many to choose from but the soetkoekies did not disappoint.
Any votes as to which country’s recipe I should try out next? Happy to oblige!