An apple cake on a ceramic platter

Apple Cake

What’s easy peasy to make, lovely to look at, even lovelier to taste, and certain to impress? This cake.

a sheet of raw black pepper cookie dough with shapes--men, stars reindeer, hearts--cut into it

Black Pepper Cookies

It’s no surprise that a traditional Scandinavian cookie would be warming. Chalk it up to an inspired melding of cinnamon, cardamom, ginger, black pepper, and cocoa.

Nut and Cherry Nougat

Nut and Cherry Nougat

This unorthodox Italian nougat, or torrone, adds cherries and almonds to the classic pistachios. Talk about being decked out in Christmas bling.

A potato piroshki cut in half, revealing the filling, on a plate with a pickle wedge

Potato Piroshki

Potato piroshki are the classic hand pies of Russia. Filled with potato, onion, and dill, the piroshki can be fried or baked. One of our must-make piroshki.