The Baker's Passport: Holiday Cookies from All Over

This holiday season, celebrate cultures around the world with these seven cookie recipes from Italy, France, Mexico and more.
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Photo By: Tara Donne

Photo By: Tara Donne

Festive Cookies Around the World

How do you say "cookie" in Dutch (or French or Spanish)? Whether you're craving cookies that are Italian or Mexican or from some far-flung exotic spot, this is your one-stop destination. We headed into the test kitchen and came out with a festive batch of cookies that spin you around the world, all using the same language of good taste.

Walnut Cookies (Polvorones)

In Spain and Latin America, polvorones are cookies for celebrations. Marcela Valladolid uses walnuts instead of the more traditional pecans but keeps the crumbly quality that characterizes these universally popular cookies.

Get the Recipe: Walnut Cookies (Polvorones)

Jam-Filled Almond Macarons

A camera-ready macaron has a smooth top and the coveted "foot": a lacy ring around the bottom. But macarons are très temperamental. These detailed directions — and some practice — will guide you to macaron success just in time for your holiday cookie swap. If your first batch is less than perfect, savor your macarons in all their crispy, chewy glory, and try again.

Get the Recipe: Jam-Filled Almond Macarons

Golden Rugelach

Rugelach (a Yiddish word) are often served at Hanukkah meals. The flaky cream cheese dough that enfolds the fruit and nuts is made like pie dough and is easy to do in the food processor.

Get the Recipe: Golden Rugelach

Chinese Sesame Cookies

These cookies provide a little drama, with their yin-yang look and unique flavor. Making them, though, will feel familiar to every cookie baker: Just shape the dough into logs, chill, slice and bake.

Get the Recipe: Chinese Sesame Cookies

Almond and Raisin Biscotti

Anne Burrell's biscotti are nicely buttery and crisp-tender, not rock-hard. And there's no better pairing than the anise and orange that she adds to the dough. 

Get the Recipe: Almond and Raisin Biscotti

Dutch Stroopwafels

These classic Dutch cookies are often sold as a quick snack on the street and are especially popular during the holidays. They come from the same town as Gouda cheese does, but this Dutch treat is strictly cheese-free.

Get the Recipe: Dutch Stroopwafels

Blackberry-Pecan Linzer Cookies

Aida Mollenkamp puts an American spin on her version of this celebratory Austrian sandwich cookie: Toasted pecans and brown sugar flavor the dough, and blackberry jam, a West Coast staple, makes a dark, earthy filling.

Get the Recipe: Blackberry-Pecan Linzer Cookies

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