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6 Fun and Festive Cookie Recipes from Around the World

With the holiday season upon us, there are so many wonderful ways to celebrate this joyous time of year. A cookie exchange is a fun way to gather with friends and family and a great opportunity to engage your kids with some baking fun. An interesting twist on a traditional cookie exchange is having the cookies feature different countries. This is a fun way to bake and to learn about different holiday traditions around the world. We have gathered together six cookie recipes from around the world.

 

Austria- Linzer Cookie

Many countries claim the linzer cookie, but the tradition started in Linz, Austria. These cookies are not only delicious, they are beautiful. Their elegant cut-outs make them a holiday treat to remember. The Linzer cookie may look intimidating, but are not difficult to make with the right tools.

 

 

Photo by Cinnamon & Coridaner

 

Poland- Pierniczki świąteczne

These cookies are a perfect holiday cookie to make with kids as they are so easy to make. They can be made in less than 30 minutes. You can cut them into different holiday shapes, which is sure to make them a favorite at a holiday cookie exchange.

 

 

 

Photo by recipes from a pantry

 

USA- Gingerbread Cookie

What would a holiday cookie exchange be without the gingerbread cookie? These sweet treats are just as fun to make as they are to decorate. They are the perfect way to involve your kids in cookie-making fun during the holiday season.

 

 

Photo by PKP Way

 

UK- Scottish shortbread 

Shortbread cookies are easy to make and taste delicious. These soft, buttery cookies are a classic around the holidays. Since they are so simple to make you can have your kids take the lead in creating these cookies.

 

 

Photo by My Diaspora Kitchen

 

Jordan- Ghraybeh

Ghraybeh cookies are Middle Eastern shortbread cookies. Like the UK shortbread, they are easy to make and have that classic buttery texture. The addition of a pistachio gives them a sweet, buttery, salty combination for that perfect bite.

 

 

Photo by Little Sunny Kitchen

 

ItalyPizzelles

 

Pizzelle cookies require only six ingredients and are truly a holiday classic. You will need a pizzelle maker to get that authentic look. They are the perfect holiday cookie with their snowflake-like looks and will be the star of any cookie exchange. For a fun twist on the traditional pizzelle, you can add chocolate and almond bits.

 

Photo by Taste of Home

 

Taking a trip around the world during the holidays through cookies is such a fun experience. For more holiday ideas, check out Learning Liftoffs holiday articles.


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Leslie Riccio

Leslie is a writer, editor, and social media associate for Learning liftoff. For 10 years she primarily focused on marketing and communications with a particular focus on social media. Leslie holds a Bachelor of Arts from Saint Joseph University in Political Science and a Master of Science in Integrated Marketing and Communications from West Virginia University. When she is not working Leslie enjoys spending time with her Husband and their three children.

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