Recipes for Dutch Cookies for St. Nicholas Day

St. Nicholas Day is celebrated on December 6 in the Netherlands. During Advent, my family explores Catholic Christmas around the world. With my retinue of Dutch ancestors, I've inherited many recipes from the Netherlands. For Hollanders, Christmas means koekjes (cookies) and sweets (well, every day is sweets day!) Here are my favorite Dutch cookies recipes. Hollanders don't just have one sweet tooth; every tooth in our head is a sweet tooth. When sugar was rationed during World War Two, it was the Dutch who discovered new and wonderful sugarless sweets. Score, us! Sugar isn't rationed anymore, so now we can indulge and the holidays are a perfect time to bring out those koekje (cookie) recipes. Use these for St. Nick Day and next week, St. Lucia Day (Dec. 13). Enjoy these on through epiphany! read more


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Freelance writer, Top 100 Yahoo! Voices, Yahoo! News, Shine, Michigan, Detroit), blogger, teacher, mom of 4, happily married 25 years. Graduated GVSU 1986, psychology/general education and special education. continuing ed up to present. Certified MI teacher. Writing Michigan history mystery, children's Gothic fantasy. Areas of expertise: education, relationships, mental health, nutrition, history, world cultures. Passions: faith, Catholic church, sustainable living, interfaith initiatives, living simply that others might simply live. Working on MA in EI education. 

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