Worldwide Christmas Cookies

Travel the world this holiday season by baking worldwide Christmas cookies. Indulge your inner travel bug and delight your family with these diverse and popular Christmas cookies. From cultures and countries worldwide.

Christmas Cookie Tray withWorldwide Christmas Cookies

It isn’t the holidays without heaping plates of Christmas cookies. For hundreds of years, variations on classic Christmas cookies have graced tables across the globe.

And immigrants have carried those traditions of the homeland to a new land. And passed through recipes to you and me.

Worldwide Christmas Cookies

If you love to travel or are interested in genealogy, you’ll love to celebrate those cultures by baking favored holiday cookies. 

We’ve gathered worldwide Christmas cookies and family recipes from the corners of the earth. Make Christmas extra special and unique by adding old world charm to your cookie tray. From old fashioned favorites to new, tasty treats.

And if your family or favorite cookie isn’t listed — let us know in the comments below!

Be sure to read to the bottom of the post for 46 more worldwide Christmas cookies and favorites.

More Christmas Cookie Ideas

Worldwide Christmas Cookies

Travel the world this holiday season by baking worldwide Christmas cookies. Indulge your inner travel bug and delight your family with these diverse and popular Christmas cookies. From cultures and countries worldwide.

More Worldwide Christmas Cookies

Food52 released a fantastic Cookies of the World Map. 

Just in case you need more Christmas cookie recipes, check these out!

  1. Nanaimo Bars (Nanaimo, Canada)
  2. Pennsylvania Dutch Christmas Cookies (Pennsylvania, U.S.)
  3. Rainbow Cookies (New York, U.S.)
  4. Potato Chip Cookies (Saratoga Springs, U.S.)
  5. Benne Wafers (South Carolina, U.S.)
  6. Prune & Chocolate Rugelach (New York, U.S.)
  7. Black & White Cookies (New York, U.S.)
  8. Bizcochitos (New Mexico, U.S.)
  9. Mexican Wedding Cakes (Mexico)
  10. Brigadeiros (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
  11. Alfajores (Argentina)
  12. Serinakaker (Norway)
  13. Swedish Rye Cookies (Sweden)
  14. Polish Apricot-Filled Cookies (Poland)
  15. Pfeffernuse (Germany)
  16. Austrian Vanilla Crescents (Vanillekipferl) (Austria)
  17. Vanilice (Serbia)
  18. Koulourakia (Greek Sesame Twist Cookies) (Greece)
  19. Pain d’Amande (France)
  20. Brandy Snaps (U.K.)
  21. Maltese Lemon Christmas Cookies (Malta)
  22. Spanish Butter Wafers (Spain)
  23. Tehina Shortbread (Israel)
  24. Samsa (Almond-Orange Triangles) (Northern Africa (Morocco, Tunisia & Algeria))
  25. Chin Chin (Nigeria)
  26. Nigerian Coconut Cookie Crisps (Nigeria)
  27. Halawa (Halva) Truffles (Egypt)
  28. Mbatata (Sweet Potato Cookies) (Malawi)
  29. Chocolate Pepper Cookies (South Africa)
  30. Basler Leckerli (Waldshut-Tiengen, Southern Germany)
  31. Elisenlebkuchen (Nuremberg, Germany)
  32. Buccellati (Sicilian Christmas Cookies) (Sicily, Italy)
  33. Ukrainian Curd Cheese Cookies (Ukraine)
  34. Rice Cookies with Cardamom and Rose Water (Kermanshah, Iran)
  35. Springerles (Germany)
  36. Dorie Greenspan’s Stained Glass Cookies (Paris, France)
  37. Struffoli (Italian Honey Ball Cookies) (Southern Italy)
  38. Alice Medrich’s Buckwheat Thumbprint Cookies with Cherry Preserves (Russia)
  39. Chickpea Flour (Besan) Laddu (India)
  40. Coconut Milk Fudge (India)
  41. Chinese Peanut Cookies (China)
  42. Matcha Butter Cookies (Japan)
  43. Polvorón (Philippines)
  44. Tangerine Pies “Kuey Tarts” (Singapore)
  45. Mint Slices (Australia)
  46. Mango Melting Moments (Australia)

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