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International cookies for The Great Canadian Cookie Exchange

International holiday cookies

Baking & Desserts

International cookies for The Great Canadian Cookie Exchange

Pick out one of these international cookie recipes to make for this year's cookie exchange. 

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International Cookies for The Great Cookie Exchange

Walnut White Chocolate Snowball Cookies

Snowy white cookies, double-rolled in icing sugar, melt in your mouth and, if you don't watch out, will deliciously dust your holiday outfit.

Get the recipe: Walnut White Chocolate Snowball Cookies

Image by: Edward Pond By: The Canadian Living Test Kitchen

International Cookies for The Great Cookie Exchange

Crispy Maple Coconut Tuiles

These beautiful cookies make for an elegant holiday gift. Bake them in small batches, keeping a watchful eye so they don't brown too quickly. To achieve the delicate curved shape, drape the cookies over a rolling pin while still warm.

Get the recipe: Crispy Maple Coconut Tuiles

By: The Canadian Living Test Kitchen

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Ginger and Coconut Rugelach

Crystallized ginger and shredded coconut add a delightful twist to this traditional Jewish cookie. The savoury cream cheese dough complements the sweet jam filling, which caramelizes nicely as the pastries bake.

Get the recipe: Ginger and Coconut Rugelach

By: The Canadian Living Test Kitchen

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Butterhorns

These crescent-shaped cookies of German origin are elegant with a drizzle of chocolate. Or dip half in chocolate or dust with icing sugar.

Get the recipe: Butterhorns

By: The Canadian Living Test Kitchen

International Cookies for The Great Cookie Exchange

Pizzelle: The Italian Cookie

The special press needed to shape these unique cookies is easily found in kitchenware stores. You'll want to lightly grease it before using to prevent sticking. Give this Italian cookie recipe a try at your next family get-together.

Get the recipe: Pizzelle

Image by: Yvonne Duivenvoorden By: Christine Picheca

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Fig Pinwheels

These chewy cookies, with their spicy dough and brandy-tinged filling, are fun and impressive. Use the lightest-coloured figs you can find.

Get the recipe: Fig Pinwheels

Image by: Yvonne Duivenvoorden By: The Canadian Living Test Kitchen

International Cookies for The Great Cookie Exchange

Spiced Speculaas

These fragrantly spiced cookies originatefrom Holland, where they are enjoyed at the feast of Sinterklaas (S. Nicholas, a Dutch holiday character).

Get the recipe: Spiced Speculaas

By: The Canadian Living Test Kitchen

International Cookies for The Great Cookie Exchange

Snowball Cookies

These white cookies are truly pop-in-your-mouth delicious. If you like, roll them in more icing sugar for a thicker coat.

Get the recipe: Snowball Cookies

Image by: CanadianLiving.com By: The Canadian Living Test Kitchen

International Cookies for The Great Cookie Exchange

Chinese Almond Cookies

Traditionally served during the holidays and Chinese New Year, these crumbly melt-in-your-mouth cookies have three layers of almond flavour. Ground almonds add a hint of crunch, almond extract lends a sweet aroma and whole almonds make for a pretty garnish.

Get the recipe: Chinese Almond Cookies

By: The Canadian Living Test Kitchen

International Cookies for The Great Cookie Exchange

Kourambiedes

Each of these almond shortbreads is studded with a whole clove, a symbol of the Magi's gift of spices to the Christ Child. Kourambiedes are served in the Greek community not only at Christmas, but also christenings, weddings, name days — in fact, at all festive occasions.

Get the recipe: Kourambiedes

By: The Canadian Living Test Kitchen

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Linzer Cookies

These jam-filled sandwich cookies are based on one of Austria's most famous desserts, the Linzertorte. For soft, chewy cookies, assemble a day in advance. For crispier cookies, sandwich the same day as serving.

Get the recipe: Linzer Cookies

Image by: Yvonne Duivenvoorden By: The Canadian Living Test Kitchen

International Cookies for The Great Cookie Exchange

Rugalahs

Rugalahs are one of the most requested Hanukkah cookies, now popular year-round. When the nut and fruit crescents bake, they ooze ever so slightly, and this rich filling gets crisp and caramel-like around the crescents.

Get the recipe: Rugalahs

By: The Canadian Living Test Kitchen

International Cookies for The Great Cookie Exchange

Chocolate Malted Rugalach

This traditional Jewish holiday cookie gets a flavour makeover with the addition of chocolate malt and almonds.

Get the recipe: Chocolate Malted Rugalach

Image by: Yvonne Duivenvoorden By: Melanie Stuparyk and The Test Kitchen

International Cookies for The Great Cookie Exchange

Cranberry White Chocolate Biscotti

Get the recipe: Cranberry White Chocolate Biscotti

By: The Canadian Living Test Kitchen

International Cookies for The Great Cookie Exchange

Mini Alfajores

These tender, shortbread-like dulce de leche--filled sandwich cookies are popular in South and Central America.

Get the recipe: Mini Alfajores

Image by: Ryan Brook By: Adell Shneer and The Test Kitchen

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Chocolate Almond Madeleines

Melted chocolate transforms classic madeleines into a truly exquisite treat. For the best texture, enjoy them the same day they're made.

Get the recipe: Chocolate Almond Madeleines

By: The Canadian Living Test Kitchen Source: Holiday Baking 2014

International Cookies for The Great Cookie Exchange

Festive Fortune Cookies

These crispy cookies are far easier to make than you might think, thanks to our simple shaping trick (hint: it involves the rim of a glass!). Write your own personalized messages on notepaper and fold them into the cookies for a heartwarming end to a festive meal.

Get the recipe: Festive Fortune Cookies

By: The Canadian Living Test Kitchen Source: Holiday Baking 2014

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Orange Blossom Madeleines

These sweet and buttery cake-like cookies have slightly crisp outsides and perfectly tender centres. You'll find madeleine pans—the seashell-shaped moulds that give these French treats their signature shape—in specialty baking stores.

Get the recipe: Orange Blossom Madeleines

By: The Canadian Living Test Kitchen Source: Holiday Baking 2014

 

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