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15 Christmas Cookies from Around the World

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Every Country has their own Christmas traditions and their own traditional Christmas cookies. Cookies that you can find only once a year, only once the Christmas lights adorn the streets and the Christmas markets are fully operating. 

Here’s a collection of the best Christmas cookie recipes from Italy, Germany, Netherlands, Greece, and many more!

Christmas is my favorite Holiday. Thousands of lights in all the streets, cheerful songs on every radio station and among my favorite activities there are decorating the Christmas tree and baking Christmas cookies. 

It’s so wonderful how every Country has their own favorite Christmas cookie, the one they bake for their families every year. Some of them are full of spices, some of them are decorated and some of them are simple. The only thing they have in common is that they bring up memories of childhood and family, of Christmas and Holidays. 

Every year I bake a traditional Christmas cookie from my hometown, to feel closer to home. But I also try to bake a new one, just to quietly share with another part of the World the same flavours and delight.

So here for you I collected some of the best traditional Christmas Cookies recipes from around the World! Enjoy this journey and spread the joy!

 

ITALY

Cavallucci di Siena - Walnut Christmas CookiesPhoto credit: Cooking my Dreams

 

Cavallucci di Siena are traditional Christmas cookies from Siena, Tuscany. They’re crunchy, spicy, not too sweet and have a nice balance of walnuts and candied orange peel. 

Recipe: https://cookingmydreams.com/cavallucci-di-siena/

 

GREECE

Melomakarona

Photo credit: Super Golden Bakes

Melomakarona – Traditional Greek Christmas honey spice cookies are made with olive oil, spices and soaked in honey syrup.

Recipe: https://www.supergoldenbakes.com/melomakarona-greek-honey-spice-cookies/

 

SLOVAKIA

Linzer cookies

Photo credit: Blondie-ish at Kitchen  

These Linzer Cookies are filled with Salted Caramel instead of the more traditional jam and are made with almond flour, which makes them perfectly balanced between fragile and tough.

Recipe: http://blondieishatkitchen.com/en_US/linecke-kolaciky-so-slanym-karamelom/

 

ICELAND

Icelandic-Christmas-Meringue-Cookies

Photo credit: Veggie Desserts

Icelandic Christmas meringue cookies with cornflakes and chocolate are easy to make and taste delicious. These traditional Christmas cookies are known in Iceland as Marens Kornflexkokur.

Recipe: https://veggiedesserts.co.uk/icelandic-christmas-meringue-cookies/

 

POLAND

Pierniczki-świąteczne-7

Photo credit: Recipes from a Pantry

These Pierniczki świąteczne, aka Polish Christmas cookies, are the perfect make-ahead festive treat. They are easy to make, with pantry ingredients and bake in juts 8 mins.

Recipe: https://recipesfromapantry.com/pierniczki-swiateczne/

 

FRANCE

petit-beurre-biscuits-5

Photo credit: Eat Little Bird

Delicious homemade Petit Beurre Biscuits with Chocolate (Petit Écolier).

Recipe: https://eatlittlebird.com/petit-beurre-biscuits-chocolate-petit-ecolier/

 

NETHERLANDS

Speculaas

Photo credit: Palatable Pastime

Dutch Speculaas Cookies are the traditional spiced windmill cookie with almonds often served on St. Nicholas Day in the Netherlands.

Recipe: https://palatablepastime.com/2017/12/04/dutch-speculaas-cookies/

 

USA

gingerbread-cookies-

Photo credit: The PKP Way

Look no further for your go-to gingerbread cookie recipe. This recipe yields thick, chewy, and spicy gingerbread cookies that is perfect for decorating, gifting, and ornament-making! 

Recipe: https://www.thepkpway.com/gingerbread-cookies/

 

CROATIA

Croatian-Cookies

Photo credit: The Schizo Chef

Paprenjaci – Croatian Spice Cookies are heavily spiced with cinnamon, nutmeg, clove and black pepper. They make the perfect edible holiday gift.

Recipe: https://www.theschizochef.com/2014/09/paprenjaci/

 

CZECH REPUBLIC

Moravian-Tipped-cookie

Photo credit: What a Girl Eats

These Moravian Molasses Cookies are wafer thin and crisp, but they are not a delicate cookie, with lots of dark molasses, cloves, cinnamon and ginger, they’ve got a nice spicy flavor!

Recipe: https://whatagirleats.com/moravian-molasses-cookies/

 

UK

Shortbread

Photo credit: My Diaspora Kitchen

Scottish shortbread is one of the most delicious and easiest recipes to make. Buttery and soft, classic shortbread will melt in your mouth!

Recipe: https://www.mydiasporakitchen.com/2017/12/24/walkers-shortbread-cookies/ 

 

GERMANY

lebkuchen

Photo credit: Searching for Spice

Lebkuchen are the perfect Christmas treat.   These delicious spiced German cookies are delicious as a snack or even as an edible Christmas present!

Recipe: https://searchingforspice.com/lebkuchen/

 

AUSTRIA

Photo credit: Earth Food and Fire

Vanillekipferl (German vanilla crescent cookies), are a shortbread like cookie common throughout Austria, Germany, Switzerland and Hungary. Made with just almonds, flour, butter and vanilla sugar, these cookies are very easy to prepare.

Recipe: https://www.earthfoodandfire.com/vanillekipferl-cookies/

 

FINLAND

Finnish-Christmas-Cookies-Joulutorttu

Photo credit: Lavender and Macarons

Joulutorttu are traditional Finnish Christmas Cookies made in a shape of pinwheel and filled with a delicious prune jam.

Recipe: https://www.lavenderandmacarons.com/desserts/finnish-christmas-cookies-joulutorttu/

 

SRI LANKA

SriLankan-Christmas-Cake-Cookies-GlutenFree

Photo credit: So Fab Food

These Sri Lankan Christmas Cake Cookies are cake-like, boozy cookies that are gluten free, butter free, and decadently delicious!

Recipe: https://sofabfood.com/sri-lankan-christmas-cake-cookies/


 

Which one is your favorite and which Christmas cookie is traditional in your hometown? Let me know in the comments! 🙂

Happy Holidays!

A collection of 15 traditional Christmas Cookies from Countries all around the world!. Enjoy this journey through flavours and Holiday traditions. #christmascookies #traditionalrecipes

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4 Comments

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    Bintu | Recipes From A Pantry
    December 3, 2018 at 1:10 pm

    So many Christmas cookies that I simply have to try! Thank you for including my recipe!

    • Jessica - Cooking my Dreams
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      Jessica - Cooking my Dreams
      December 3, 2018 at 3:13 pm

      I know! I’ll be busy as well in the following weeks . Thank you for sharing your recipe!

  • Reply
    Iryna
    December 4, 2018 at 3:10 am

    Thank you so much for featuring my Finnish cookies recipe. Sharing it.

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