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
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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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Lebkuchen

    We've added lemon glaze and a candied fruit topper to Germany's famous spicy Lebkuchen honey cakes.

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Greek Honey-Dipped Cookies

    "Melomakarona," a traditional Greek Christmas cookie, is made in a rounded shape so it retains its soft texture. After the cookies cool, they are dipped in a mixture of honey and spices.

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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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Baklava Tassies

    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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Alfajores

    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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Polvorones Sevillanos

    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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Viennese Almond Bars

    Named for the enchanting Austrian capital, this raspberry-almond cookie looks fancy but it starts with a sugar cookie mix.

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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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Anzac Cookies

    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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Sweet Empanaditas

    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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