From Around the World: Unique Christmas Cookie Recipes to Add Some International Flair to Your Holiday Baking

Looking to spice up your usual Christmas cookie repertoire? Why not try some international recipes this year! From German Lebkuchen to Italian Panettone Biscotti, these unique and delicious cookie recipes will take your taste buds on a festive journey around the world. So, make sure to add them to your baking list!


vanillekipferlin cookies

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Vanillekipferln are crescent-shaped cookies featuring ground almonds, vanilla and a generous dusting of powdered sugar. They are delicate and buttery with a melt-in-your-mouth texture.

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German Spritz Cookies

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These classic spritz cookies are buttery and soft. In no time, you’ll have amazing Christmas cookies that everyone loves.

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Italian Butter Cookies

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Photo Credit: Little Sunny Kitchen

Delicate and buttery Italian Butter Cookies are melt-in-your-mouth amazing, and simple to make with this easy and authentic recipe.

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Italian S Cookies

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Photo Credit: Marisa’s Italian Kitchen

These Italian “S” shaped cookies are all dressed up for the holidays with a drizzle of white chocolate and a sprinkle of crushed pistachios!

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German Spice Cookies

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German Spice Cookie Recipe is perfectly sweetened with brown sugar and molasses. Also called Pfeffernusse, this cookie recipe has all of the wonderful Christmas spices and scents that taste like the holiday season.

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Pfeffernusse cookies

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Pfeffernusse cookies are a traditional Christmas cookie in Germany. Made with molasses, anise, pepper and seasonal spices, these chewy cookies are coated in confectioners’ sugar.

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Melomakarona (Greek Christmas Honey Cookies)

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Imagine a cross between baklava and an ooey, gooey pecan pie and you’ve got these. They’re Greece’s best known Christmas cookie, and so perfect for giving as gifts to your neighbours and friends wherever you are!

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Kolackzi Cookies

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Kolaczki Cookies are a classic Polish cookie perfect for Christmas. Not only are they tender and flaky, they pack beautifully in tins for gifts!

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german star cookies on a plate
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These German cinnamon star cookies will be an annual favorite. They make great cookies for swaps and care-packages, too.

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  • Ali Van Straten

    Ali Van Straten is the founder and journalist of Champagne and Coffee Stains. She is a Peloton expert, certified running coach and certified nutrition coach. Champagne and Coffee Stains provides information and resources on Peloton Interactive, running and recipes.

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