Celebrating Holidays with Christmas Cookies From Around the World

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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)

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“Pepparkakor (Swedish Ginger Cookies) – a family recipe and Christmas cookie favorite! These thin, spiced cookies make the holidays extra special.”
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French Sablés Christmas Cookies (France)

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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.
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Mantecaditos con Guayaba (Puerto Rico)

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“The name ‘mantecadito’ comes from the ingredient “manteca” which translates to shortening.  The cookie is basically a shortbread cookie that is made with half butter and half shortening or all shortening.  I like the 1/2 and 1/2 recipe because I just love butter.   I filled these cookies with guava marmalade, giving them a little tropical twist.
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Nanaimo Bars (British Columbia, Canada)

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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.
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Vanillekipferl (Vienna, Austria)

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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.
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Lebkuchen: German Gingerbread Cookies (Germany)

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Rumored to be invented by monks in the 13th century, Lebkuchen is quinticientially Christmas. The aroma of cinnamon and cardamom wafting through your kitchen is just a bonus to these mouthwatering Christmas cookies.
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Swiss Chocolate Spice Cookies (Switzerland)

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“These festive Swiss Chocolate Spice Cookies, or Basler Brunsli in German. They are very popular in Switzerland during the Christmas season and are often described as Swiss brownies because of their chewy texture.”
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Mint Slice (Austalia)

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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.
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Raspberry Kolaches: Bow Tie Cookies (Hungary/Czechoslovakia)

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A traditional cookie that holds fruit, preserves or even cheese, surrounded by a buttery, delicious, and puffy dough. These are filled with raspberry preserves and look festive and Christmasy!
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Pennsylvania Dutch Christmas Cookies (U.S.)

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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.”
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Grandma Bohlmann’s Pfeffernusse Christmas Cookies (Germany)

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“I can still picture Grandpa shelling the walnuts for these Christmastime favorites. The original recipe called for lard. I now use butter.”
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Alfajores (Argentina)

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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.”
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Christmas Biscotti (Italy)

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“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.”
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Serinakaker (Norway)

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“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.
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Shortbread (Scotland)

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“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.”
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Almond Cookie (China)

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“These Chinese-style cookies are super crumbly and loaded with almond flakes. This is the best almost cookies recipe ever, 100% easy, quick and fail-proof, even to novice bakers.”
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Stephanie Wilson is an author, blogger, publisher, and former television news writer and producer. She lives in the Puget Sound area with her family.

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