Blue & White Crinkle Cookies

Just 5 ingredients make up these Blue & White Crinkle Cookies to Celebrate Greek Independence Day! Ζήτω η Ελλάδα! Long Live Greece! 


On this day in 1821 and “Freedom or Death” became the motto of the Greek revolution against the Ottoman Empire. Greek Independence Day, a national holiday celebrated annually across Greece on March 25 commemorates the start of the War of Independence. Additionally, It coincides with the Greek Orthodox Church’s celebration of the Annunciation when Archangel Gabriel appeared to Mary and brought news that she would bear the son of God.

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Almond Brown Butter Scones

Almond Brown Butter Scones – (Gluten Free!) and topped with Bourbon Glaze and Toasted Almonds.

I had a “Post-it Note” experience. You know the story of the invention of the 3M Post-it Note, right? How it was created by accident? These Gluten-Free Almond Brown Butter Scones were created by accident, but turned out to be quite the opposite of disappointing. 


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Cinnamon-Nutella Icing

Cinnamon-Nutella Icing: The perfect topping for Greek Spice Cake Donuts.

I’m endlessly looking for a reason to bake something sweet in the kitchen. Name-days in our house are the perfect opportunity. Much like a birthday celebration, the honoree picks the dinner menu. Something special for dessert is a give-in.

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Kourabiethes – Powdered Sugar Greek Butter Cookies

Kourabiethes – Powdered Sugar Greek Butter Cookies: A melt-in-your-mouth, festive and traditional Greek holiday cookie that is simple to prepare.

It is not uncommon to see these bite-sized snow-ball looking treat on the Greek dessert table during the holidays. These delicious and heavily powdered treats are called Kourabiethes and they are melt-in your mouth wonderful! But wait… there’s more! Two modern variations of this delicious traditional recipe included: Cinnamon Kourabiethes and Pistachio-Matcha Green Tea Kourabiethes create a beautiful festive dessert platter! 

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Brown Butter Macadamia Nut Baklava

Brown Butter Macadamia Nut Baklava: Macadamia nuts spiced with cloves and cinnamon then layered between sheets of filo dough and nutty-brown butter and topped with melted dark chocolate.

Macadamia Nut Baklava | figsandfeta.com

Our classic buttery baklava recipe gets all dressed up for the holidays by browning the butter and swapping out walnuts for the royal Queensland nut: the Macadamia.


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Pumpkin Spiced Karithopita

Pumpkin Spiced Karithopita: Traditional Greek Walnut Cake meets Traditional American Fall Flavors.

Pumpkin Spiced Karithopita | figsandfeta.com

The Thanksgiving holiday is upon us and with it a collection of pumpkin themed recipes. Pumpkin bread, cookies, and whoopie pies are some of my favorites. One of my new favorites this fall is this easy to make Pumpkin Spiced Karithopita.


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Persimmon Hand Pies

Fuyu Persimmon Hand Pies made with Metaxa, Fresh Ginger and Orange Zest.

Persimmon Hand Pies | figsandfeta.comThe filling in these hand pies is flavorful and tastes of fall. Fresh Fuyu persimmons are slowly simmered in Metaxa (Greek brandy) with freshly grated ginger, orange zest and cinnamon. YUM.

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Fuyu Persimmon Smoothie

Persimmon Smoothie Made Simple and Delicious with just 5 Ingredients

Persimmon Smoothie | figsandfeta.com

According to Wikipedia, the generic name for the Fuyu persimmon tree is Diospyros, which comes from the ancient Greek words dios (διός) and pyros (πυρος). The translation from Greek to English means more or less “divine fruit” or “divine food.” Being a lover of the Fuyu Persimmon, this translation is pretty spot on.


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Caramel-Dipped Baklava Popcorn Balls

A Sweet Halloween Treat

Caramel-Dipped Baklava Popcorn Balls | figsandfeta.com

As a child, I remember my mom making popcorn balls around this time of year. One year, she even made a gazillion of them, wrapped them in plastic wrap and handed them out to trick-or-treaters. (Oh… the good ole’ days!).


Here’s a little time saving tip to making this delicious fun treat: use pre-popped popcorn. More specifically, I recommend SkinnyPop Popcorn.

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