Ethnic-Inspired Holiday Cookie Recipes
Spice up your holiday baking by whipping up a batch of cookies inspired by another culture. Every recipe here is a delight.
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Italian Fig Pockets
Dried fruits flavored with orange zest fill these soft cookie pockets. A star-shaped cookie cutter and coarse sugar dresses them up.
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Mexican Chocolate Icebox Cookies with Dulce de Leche Filling
Lightly spiced chocolate cookies and dulce de leche, a caramel sauce popular in Central and South America, make delightful mini cookie sandwiches.
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We've added lemon glaze and a candied fruit topper to Germany's famous spicy Lebkuchen honey cakes.
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Gone Bananas Biscotti
We've given this crunchy Italian cookie a bit of extra flair by adding banana to the batter and dipping it in chocolate.
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No need to make homemade dough -- these Baklava (a Greek favorite) start with purchased phyllo dough cups. The classic honey and walnut filling is irresistible.
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Earl Grey Bocca Di Nonna
These rich sandwich cookies, filled with dark, satiny ganache, are adapted from an Italian celebration cookie called Bocca di Dama -- or Lady's Kisses
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These traditional Argentine cookie sandwiches feature a creamy dulce de leche filling with a caramel flavor.
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Irish Creme Delights
The creamy splendor of Irish coffee bursts from these coffee-flavor treats topped with an Irish Creme frosting.
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Topped with toasted coconut, this Spanish shortbread cookie features an infusion of citrus flavors, including chopped candied pineapple and a lemon glaze.
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Italian Spice Cookies
A powdered sugar drizzle adds an extra touch of sweetness to these cinnamon-spiced cookies. Orange peel adds a touch of zest.
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These nutty oatmeal-coconut cookies are inspired by the variation that soldiers in the Australian and New Zealand Army Corp were gifted during World War II.
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Greek Almond Shortbread Rounds
Rose water, a distillation made from rose petals, blesses these cookies with a distinctive fragrant, floral flavor.
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A simple and sweet pineapple filling tastes delicious inside the cookie crust rolled in cinnamon and sugar.
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Italian Amaretti Cookies
Gently flavored with amaretto, these Italian macaroons pair beautifully with espresso.
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Austrian Walnut Chocolate Bars
A rich chocolate-rum frosting makes these moist bar cookies irresistible. Serve them with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.
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