Travel Around The World With 46 Cookie Recipes (2024)

    It's cheaper than airfare.

    by Catherine O'DonnellBuzzFeed Contributor

    Food52 has taken their sugar-drunk fantasy and made it a reality. Here are 46 cookie recipes from over 30 countries to jump-start your holiday baking:

    1. Nanaimo Bars (Nanaimo, Canada)

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    Another reason to consider moving to Canada. Get the recipe.

    2. Pennsylvania Dutch Christmas Cookies (Pennsylvania, U.S.)

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    This may be a straight-laced cookie from a straight-laced place but it sure is good. Get the recipe.

    3. Rainbow Cookies (New York, U.S.)

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    What’s better than a technicolor platter of classic Italian bakery cookies? Get the recipe.

    4. Potato Chip Cookies (Saratoga Springs, U.S.)

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    Surprised? Hop on the bandwagon, potato chips and cookies are meant to be. Get the recipe.

    5. Benne Wafers (South Carolina, U.S.)

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    Since these are so thin, go ahead and eat a couple...or five...or ten! Get the recipe.

    6. Prune & Chocolate Rugelach (New York, U.S.)

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    Prunes aren't just for grandmas people. Get the recipe.

    7. Black & White Cookies (New York, U.S.)

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    Bring New York City at Christmastime to you. Get the recipe.

    8. Bizcochitos (New Mexico, U.S.)

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    Get excited, these are made with full-on lard (a.k.a. they're creamy and fatty and wonderful). Get the recipe.

    9. Mexican Wedding Cakes (Mexico)

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    This is a cookie recipe with a controversial past. Make it to find out. Get the recipe.

    10. Brigadeiros (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)

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    Welcome to every birthday party and pretty much any kind of celebration in Brazil. Get the recipe.

    11. Alfajores (Argentina)

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    The only thing that Argentineans love more than hefty pieces of steak and strong coffee is alfajores. Get the recipe.

    12. Serinakaker (Norway)

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    This Norwegian butter cookie was made to be put in Christmas cookie tins. Get the recipe.

    13. Swedish Rye Cookies (Sweden)

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    Rye cookies aren't very appetizing on their own but luckily this one calls for a hefty serving of cream cheese which makes everything much better. Get the recipe.

    14. Polish Apricot-Filled Cookies (Poland)

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    Speaking of cream cheese, this recipe beats out any cream cheese pastries you've tasted before. Get the recipe.

    15. Pfeffernuse (Germany)

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    Sorry Grandma, but these German spice cookies are better than any cookie you've ever made. Get the recipe.

    16. Austrian Vanilla Crescents (Vanillekipferl) (Austria)

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    These crescent cookies may appear unspectacular, but trust us, they're not. Get the recipe.

    17. Vanilice (Serbia)

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    This cookie was voted BEST out of this whole list. Run to the grocery store and pick up ingredients now. Get the recipe.

    18. Koulourakia (Greek Sesame Twist Cookies) (Greece)

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    This cookie has been passed down for generations. Continue the tradition. Get the recipe.

    19. Pain d'Amande (France)

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    A cookie for all your gifting, swapping, and impressing needs this holiday season. Get the recipe.

    20. Brandy Snaps (U.K.)

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    We bet you've heard of brandy snaps before but maybe you've never actually seen them? Here they are! Get the recipe.

    21. Maltese Lemon Christmas Cookies (Malta)

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    Smell that citrus? In Malta, it’s the smell of lemon—not chocolate or peppermint or cinnamon—that means Christmas. Get the recipe.

    22. Spanish Butter Wafers (Spain)

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    The best friend your tea (or wine) will have this holiday season. Get the recipe.

    23. Tehina Shortbread (Israel)

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    This traditional shortbread has a surprise. We recommend finding out. Get the recipe.

    24. Samsa (Almond-Orange Triangles) (Northern Africa (Morocco, Tunisia & Algeria)

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    A cousin to baklava, samsa get fried instead of baked. Get the recipe.

    25. Chin Chin (Nigeria)

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    Meet Chin Chin: the cutest Christmas cookie on the planet. Get the recipe.

    26. Nigerian Coconut Cookie Crisps (Nigeria)

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    This coconut and jam cookie should be your priority. Get the recipe.

    27. Halawa (Halva) Truffles (Egypt)

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    The root of the word "halawa" is sweetness so this cookie pretty much sums up everything you want during the holidays. Get the recipe.

    28. Mbatata (Sweet Potato Cookies) (Malawi)

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    Yes, you should make sweet potato cookies. Get the recipe.

    29. Chocolate Pepper Cookies (South Africa)

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    Spice things up: Add black pepper to your next batch of chocolate cookies. Get the recipe.

    30. Basler Leckerli (Waldshut-Tiengen, Southern Germany)

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    The German boyfriend came and went, but this spice cookie recipe is still kicking it. Get the recipe.

    31. Elisenlebkuchen (Nuremberg, Germany)

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    Of all the gingerbread out there, here’s the one that will be your new favorite. Get the recipe.

    32. Buccellati (Sicilian Christmas Cookies) (Sicily, Italy)

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    Benvenuti to a Sicilian Christmas! Get the recipe.

    33. Ukrainian Curd Cheese Cookies (Ukraine)

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    No, Midwest America is not the only place that boasts cheese curds. Get the recipe.

    34. Rice Cookies with Cardamom and Rose Water (Kermanshah, Iran)

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    Simple to make and richly-textured, they're a great answer to the question of gluten-free sugar cookies. Get the recipe.

    35. Springerles (Germany)

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    This cookie is a perfect partner to your spiked eggnog. Get the recipe.

    36. Dorie Greenspan's Stained Glass Cookies (Paris, France)

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    These cookies double as ornaments, win win! Get the recipe.

    37. Struffoli (Italian Honey Ball Cookies) (Southern Italy)

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    Baking these honey balls is an easy way to become the most popular person at your holiday party. Get the recipe.

    38. Alice Medrich's Buckwheat Thumbprint Cookies with Cherry Preserves (Russia)

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    An upgraded version of Russian tea cakes. Get the recipe.

    39. Chickpea Flour (Besan) Laddu (India)

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    If you’ve never heard of laddus, just think of them as balls of sweet goodness. Get the recipe.

    40. Coconut Milk Fudge (India)

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    Two ingredients that are bound to combine well: sweetened condensed milk and coconut. Try it yourself. Get the recipe.

    41. Chinese Peanut Cookies (China)

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    These cookies remind us of everything a nutter butter should be, and isn't. Get the recipe.

    42. Matcha Butter Cookies (Japan)

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    The Japanese love flavoring desserts with the distinct, bitter flavor of matcha tea, and these cookies are no exception. Get the recipe.

    43. Polvorón (Philippines)

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    These polvorónes—traditional Filipino cookies—do everything the cookies on that holiday platter you got this year don’t do. Get the recipe.

    44. Tangerine Pies "Kuey Tarts" (Singapore)

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    Spoiler alert: No tangerines were involved in the making of this cookie. Get the recipe.

    45. Mint Slices (Australia)

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    Sorry Girl Scouts, but these Australian Mint Slices might just give your Thin Mints a run for their money. Get the recipe.

    46. Mango Melting Moments (Australia)

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    Who doesn't want to try a cookie that describes itself as a "melting moment?" We recommend you put this next on your list. Get the recipe.

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