Holiday Treats from My Slovenian Kitchen

During my first year of Slovenian cooking, I got the chance to perfect the two traditional holiday favorites in my family: potica (of course!) and a Slovenian-inspired twist on Scottish shortbread. I also discovered some new favorites that are perfect for family gatherings and holiday entertaining.

Since then, I have continued to discover new holiday recipes to add to the collection.

Below is a round-up of the desserts, pastries, and sweet breakfast treats that have come out of my Slovenian American kitchen. The first group are traditional favorites. The second group includes Slovenian-inspired originals and close cousins of traditional sweets.

Most of these dishes were made for special occasions. Thanksgiving and Christmas. Hanukkah and Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year. The Fourth of July. Labor Day. Slovenian Hall events. Family visits and birthdays. Times that are both celebratory and bittersweet.

Happy holidays and dober tek, from my kitchen to yours!

Traditional Slovenian Recipes

Ajdovčki, or Buckwheat Thumbprint Cookies
Flancati, Baked (Angel Wings)
Ice Cream with Pumpkin Seed Oil and Nut Brittle
Medenjaki (Honey Spice Cookies)
Nut Crescents (Rogljički)
Nut Horns
Prekmurska Gibanica (Strudel Pie) 
Putizza di Noci (Chocolate-Nut Poetica)
Walnut Syrup Cake (Orehove rezine)

Originals, Slovenian-inspired, or Otherwise Related

Buckwheat Breakfast Crumbles (an original twist on šmoren)
Caraway-Buckwheat Shortbread (original, Scottish-Slovenian fusion)
Chocolate-Rosemary Biscotti (original, Slovenian-inspired, cousin to domači prijatelj)
Cranberry-Chocolate Chip Mandelbrot (Jewish, cousin to domači prijatelj)
Potica Pudding-Muffins (original, Slovenian-inspired)
Pumpkin Pie with Pumpkin Seed Oil (original, Slovenian-inspired)
Slovenian Christmas Biscotti  (a variation on traditional domači prijatelj)
Trilece, A Balkan-style Three Milks Cake (pan-Balkan, Albania and Kosovo)
Yugoslavian Christmas Cookies (pan-Balkan American)

Apple Cranberry Strudel

Walnut Potica and Scottish Shortbread

Baked Flancati or Angel Wings

Putizza di Noci

Prekmurska Gibanica

Apple Šmoren with Brandied Cranberries

Palačinke with Šmoren

Pumpkin Pie with Pumpkin Seed Oil

Chocolate-Rosemary Biscotti

Ice Cream with Pumpkin Seed Oil and Nut Brittle

Caraway-Buckwheat Shortbread

Buckwheat Breakfast Crumbles

Potica with Chocolate, Almond, and Poppy Seed Fillings

Buckwheat Thumbprints, Domači Prijatelj, and Potica

Potica Babies, or Yeast-Raised Rogljički


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