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Christmas Cookie Recipes Around the World




© 2008 Barbara Rolek licensed to About.com, Inc.
Across the Food Channel of About.com there is a wealth of talented food writers, cooks and chefs. This Christmas we decided to share our favorite Christmas Cookie recipes with each other and with you.

Here they are -- our collection of Christmas Cookies from around the world.
  • I'll start with my offering first. It just wouldn't be Christmas in Eastern Europe without Kolaczki. These flaky cookies start with a buttery cream cheese dough that's filled with fruit or sweet cheese filling.

  • Our Guide to British & Irish Food says, "Scottish Shortbread is traditionally eaten on New Year's Eve, but is so good you can really eat it anytime."

  • Our guide to Greek food has a special recipe for Melomakarona, which is a traditional Greek holiday cookie made with cinnamon and cloves, soaked in a honey syrup, and sprinkled with sesame seeds, walnuts, and cinnamon.

  • A reviewer on the Vegetarian Food site gave these ginger-spiced Vegan Oatmeal and Cranberry cookies 5 out of 5 stars and called them "absolutely perfect."

  • Our Guide to American food offers this recipe and says "America's favorite gourd meets America's favorite cookie in Pumpkin Chocolate Chip cookies!"

  • Our Guide to Latin Carribean food suggests Besitos de Coco - Coconut Kisses - which are a favorite treat in the Spanish-speaking islands.

  • The Cooking for Two Guide swears by his Applesauce Cookies and tells us the recipe can easily be doubled or tripled to make more. They have a delightful "holiday" flavor of apples and spice.

  • Homemade Fortune Cookies taste so much better than store bought, says our Guide to Chinese Food. "Besides, it’s more fun writing up your own fortunes to put in the cookies!"

  • Our Guides to Spanish Food have a favorite and very traditional Spanish cookie for the holidays called Mantecados - Crumble Cakes. "They are so soft, they will literally melt in your mouth. Light and with a delicate anise flavor, words will not do them justice," the Guides say.

  • "These big, fat, chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies were given 5 stars by a panel of the toughest critics I've ever faced -- my kids and six of their friends. Try them and see why!" -- From our Cooking for Kids Guide.

  • Our Guide to Herbs & Spices, shares this recipe for Cinnamon Hazelnut Meltaways. Festive in their powdered sugar coating, these melt-in-your-mouth cinnamon nut cookies are perfect for holiday entertaining.

  • "These delightfully chewy Chocolate Rice Cereal Squares are a great low-fat way to get your fix of chocolate. With just a drizzle of chocolate on top, these no-bake cocoa treats are almost guilt free." -- From our Guide to Low-Fat Cooking.

  • Our Guide to South American food has a great recipe to share with us for Alfajores. You'll be instantly addicted to these crisp buttery cookies sandwiched together with soft, rich caramel. And they keep well which makes them perfect for gifting.

  • Our Guide to Busy Cooks has a delicious recipe to share with us for Easy but Fancy Cookies. These super-simple icebox cookies taste like a bakery delicacy, with very little work.

  • Our Guide to Scandinavian Food offers a festive recipe for Danish Pepper Nuts. These tiny, hazelnut-sized cookies are a delicious and welcomed gift for teachers and friends when tucked into Danish woven heart baskets.

  • Our Guide to Kosher Food says "If you have never made rugelach before, I suggest you roll up your sleeves and give it a try. It is much easier to make than it looks, and the results are well worth the effort. This Raspberry Raisin Rugelach recipe is simple to make and delicious to eat."

  • Our guide to Cooking Equipment shares a delicious recipe for Bizcochitos, which are delicate anise-flavored cookies that are served in New Mexican households during the Christmas season.

  • Our Guide to Desserts and Baking offers her childhood favorite recipe for Thumbprint Cookies. Your imagination is the only limit to the different flavor options available with this tasty recipe.

  • Our guide to French food shares this recipe for Cinnamon Palmiers. When one thinks of palmiers (tiny, scroll-like pastries), sweet, flaky cookies come to mind. These cookies are just that, with a touch of comforting, caramelized cinnamon.

  • Our Guide to Australian & New Zealand cuisine has a delicious cookie recipe to share with us for Chocolate Oat Cookies. These delicious cookies are simple and fun to make. You can decorate them with colored sprinkles or nuts.

  • Our Guide to Mexican Food has a delicious recipe for Mexican Wedding Cakes, delicate shortbread-style cookies made with chopped, roasted pecans, rolled in powdered sugar. They make an elegant addition to any fiesta.

  • "These festive and delicious Iced Cranberry-Orange Cookies will be a hit with your family and your holiday guests. These cookies are flavored with orange juice concentrate and filled with plump dried cranberries." -- Recipe from our Guide to Southern Food

  • Our Dutch Food Guide says these Jan Hagel cookies are traditionally eaten at Christmas time in Holland, and can be cut into many different shapes.

  • Our Entertaining Guide offers these invaluable tips for how to host a Christmas cookie exchange.
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