Holiday Cookies from Around the World

If there’s one thing that brings the world together more than the holiday season, it’s cooking. When you bring the two together, you get something truly magical: holiday cookies! Read on for some of our favorite cookie recipes from around the world – and around the web.

Gingerbread Cookies
Sometimes, nothing beats a classic. Packed with spice and sweetened with molasses, these classic Christmas cookies will get you into the holiday spirit in no time. Make classic gingerbread men, festive shapes like trees and stockings, a gingerbread house or go for whimsy with fun dinosaur shapes.

Whatever you decided on, here’s a recipe from King Arthur’s Flour to get you started

Santa’s Trash Cookies
Ironically, cookies that have the word “trash” in them are actually amazing. If you’ve never tried one, it’s basically just throwing a ton of delicious things (that you would otherwise never think to put together) into one glorious creation. This recipe from Delish is no different. These salty-sweet cookies have chocolate chips, sprinkles, potato chips and pretzels, which might sound a little strange, but it totally works. These are great for bringing to a party or passing out to friends!

Italian Christmas Cookies
Headed to a holiday party? Bring a classic Christmas cookie with an international twist. These Italian cookies are not only delicious – they’re fun to make and they’re pretty easy too. This recipe from Betty Crocker uses ricotta cheese to keep the cookies extra moist, and sprinkles to add a little holiday cheer.

Rugelach Cookies
Buttery, flaky and extremely versatile – these classic Jewish cookies will melt in your mouth. Fill yours with pretty much anything you have in the kitchen – nuts and honey, chocolate, Nutella, or jam – and enjoy. Get started with this recipe from The Kitchn. For bonus points, try this recipe for Red Velvet Rugelach Cookies.

Melt-in-Your-Mouth Hanukkah Gelt Cookies
The dough of these cookies is simply magical: soft, flavorful and perfectly moist. The dough is pretty simple to put together (spoiler alert: the secret ingredient is cream cheese), then all you have to do is press a chocolate gelt right in the center. Yum! Find the recipe here, via Overtime Cook.

Cacao Benne Seed Cookies
Kwanzaa may not get as much attention as the other two major holidays of the season, but it really should. Try making these classic Cacao Benne Seed Cookies, recipe courtesy of My Life Runs on Food.
Benne seeds are the same thing as sesame seeds, but they are grown in the US – mostly in the south – and can be traced back to African roots. When they are toasted and paired with cacao, they make the perfect cookie for curling up with a cup of tea and enjoying life.

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