Traveling the world through food can be especially exciting during Christmas. And there isn’t a sweeter way to celebrate cultural traditions than with cookies… Christmas cookies, that is.
We’ve gathered recipes from the corners of the earth. Add to your cookie tray this year and celebrate Christmas with Cookies From Around the World.
Pepparkakor Ginger Cookies (Sweden)
“Pepparkakor (Swedish Ginger Cookies) – a family recipe and Christmas cookie favorite! These thin, spiced cookies make the holidays extra special.”
French Sablés Christmas Cookies (France)
Sablés are pretty much a combination of a sugar cookie and a shortbread cookie. They’re crisp like a sugar cookie and buttery like a shortbread cookie.
Nanaimo Bars (British Columbia, Canada)
Coming from Seattle, we’re all familiar with the famous Nanaimo Bars, a no-bake triple layer bar that gets its name from Nanaimo, a town on Vancouver Island, British Columbia.
Vanillekipferl (Vienna, Austria)
The name Vanillekipferl (pronounced VAN-el-eu-KIP-fuhl) literally means “vanilla crescent” or “vanilla moon.” These crescent-shaped cookies originate from Vienna, Austria, where they are a much-loved, traditional Christmas cookie. They are also quite common throughout Europe, particularly in Germany, Hungary, Slovakia, and the Czech Republic.
Mint Slice (Austalia)
The Mint Slice is an Australian supermarket staple, a cookie second only to the Tim Tam (which you’ve probably heard about). It’s very similar to a Thin Mint—both have crisp dark chocolate cookie bases and a thin covering of dark chocolate.
Pennsylvania Dutch Christmas Cookies (U.S.)
A Christmas cookie with Dutch roots is a tradition with “straight-laced comforts are brightened by currants and a bit of lemon juice and zest, and a lashing of sweet glaze—which is all they need.”
Grandma Bohlmann’s Pfeffernusse Christmas Cookies (Germany)
“I can still picture Grandpa shelling the walnuts for these Christmastime favorites. The original recipe called for lard. I now use butter.”
Alfajores are a traditional cookie found in Argentina, other parts of Latin America, and Spain. Huffington Post says, “There’s a reason this simple cookie defines the cafe scene in Buenos Aires and has entire cafes devoted to it all across Latin America. It’s maybe the best cookie that ever was.”
Get the recipe here. (Scroll to the bottom for a version in English)
Christmas Biscotti (Italy)
“These Mosaic Biscotti are so beautiful and just look like Christmas to me. They contain hazelnuts, chocolate, pistachios and cranberries (my addition). These come from the Queen of Desserts, Gina DePalma, the pastry chef at Babbo.”
“Though preferences vary from family to family, the cookies most likely to be on the syv slags lineup were sirupsnipper (syrup diamonds), Berlinerkranser (Berlin wreaths), sandkaker (tart-shaped cookies), krumkaker (delicate cone-shaped cookies), smultringer (little donuts), goro (a rectangular biscuit made on a decorative iron), and fattigmann (“poor men” dough cut with a slit and woven into itself before being deep-fried). Serinakaker, buttery almond cookies often decorated with almonds and pearl sugar, are another favorite.” Read more on Norway’s favorite Christmas cookies here.
“A simple and even ‘humble’ biscuit can be the purest form of classic sweetness. Classic Scottish Shortbread is a staple in our home during the holidays. It’s always on the top of my teenage son’s Christmas cookie wish list.”
Almond Cookie (China)
“Almond cookes with almond in the crumbly cookies. Make almond cookies with this easy recipe for the best tasting homemade almond cookies ever.”