Pick out one of these international cookie recipes to make for this year's cookie exchange.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
This traditional Jewish holiday cookie gets a flavour makeover with the addition of chocolate malt and almonds.
Get the recipe: Chocolate Malted Rugalach
Get the recipe: Cranberry White Chocolate Biscotti
These tender, shortbread-like dulce de leche--filled sandwich cookies are popular in South and Central America.
Get the recipe: Mini Alfajores
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
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
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
West Coast Salmon Saltimbocca Credits: Joe Kim
A known source of heart-healthy and anti-inflammatory omega-3 fatty acids, salmon is a dinnertime superstar as it is rich, flavourful and healthy. Expand your salmon dinner repertoire with one of these favourite recipes.
There is nothing quite like salmon skin cooked to crispy perfection. The secret to the crispness is cooking the fish 90 percent of the way through on the skin side (in a nonstick pan!); the key to maintaining it is serving the fish skin side up so that the moisture from the fish and vegetables doesn't turn it soggy.
A handful of stellar ingredients pack a lot of flavour into this heart-healthy weeknight meal. Serve the dish alongside steamed mini potatoes tossed with olive oil and fresh garden herbs.
Everyone has a favourite go-to macaroni casserole, but this Salmon Cheddaroni from our archives might just become your new weeknight comfort meal. An easy bread-crumb topping creates a crispy crust, making every bite as tasty as the last. Serve with steamed vegetables.
A refreshing alternative to beef burgers, this salmon version is flavoured with tangy lemon juice and grainy mustard. For an even lighter dish, replace the sour cream with Greek yogurt.
There are few things more comforting than a bowl of rich, creamy seafood chowder. Sweet, licorice-like fennel naturally complements the seafood. Serve with oyster crackers or crusty bread and a simple green salad for a complete meal.
Nothing makes a tender fillet of salmon more appealing than a crunchy layer of panko. For even cooking, ask for salmon fillets that are all the same size and thickness. Serve with a simple tossed green salad or steamed asparagus.
Chef Gail McCully of Port Alberni, B.C., created this dish, which was the winner of the 2009 Master Garlic Chef cook-off. Port Alberni, the salmon capital of the world, has since adopted this delicious prosciutto-wrapped salmon as the official recipe of the Alberni Valley. Opt for wild-caught salmon if possible for our adaptation of the recipe.
A few fresh ingredients and a bit of flaky salmon give leftover mashed potatoes a tasty new lease on life. Depending on how salty your mashed potatoes are, you might want to add an extra pinch of salt. Serve with a simple green salad for a light lunch or dinner.
Golden, curry-scented kedgeree is a British dish traditionally made with smoked fish and basmati rice. We've borrowed a lot of the same flavours, added some healthful ingredients like kale, and taken a few shortcuts so you can create this dish in only 30 minutes, with minimal effort.
Choose thick skin-on fillets, as they'll hold together on the grill. Be gentle when turning the fish; it's best to use two spatulas, placing one under and one over the fillet.
Serve with hot cooked brown, wild or white rice. If the bok choy are tiny, you'll need two per person. You can use this marinade for other fish fillets, such as white fish, salmon, trout or tilapia, for equally delicious results.
The combination of sweet orange, savoury salmon and fresh herbs makes this pasta salad a tasty, healthful option. If you like, serve smaller portions as a side dish at your next gathering.
A simple mustard vinaigrette is all you need to amp up the fresh flavour of salmon. Currants add a touch of sweetness to the Swiss chard, but you can also use dried cranberries for an extra pop of colour. Chard stems are denser than the leaves, so be sure to cook them for longer.
Bursting with fresh flavours and bright colours, this summery main is a shoo-in for weeknight entertaining. Toast the couscous before cooking for a nice nutty flavour.
Miso paste brings a heady hit of umami to any dish; combined with the rich flavour of salmon, it'll hit dinner out of the park. Use a wide spatula to release the delicate fish from the grill and a pair of tongs to gently turn it.
This speedy yet elegant meal will impress even the most discerning dinner guest. If you can't find baby kale, you can easily substitute baby spinach.
Not all soba noodles are created equal. Check the ingredient list on the package to make sure your noodles have been made with 100 percent buckwheat flour. (Many brands use a mix of buckwheat and regular wheat flour.) Look for gluten-free soba noodles in health food stores.
This updated take on colcannon gets a nutrient boost from kale and substitutes less-starchy cauliflower for some of the traditional white potato. We've used a food processor to create a superfine purée, but you can use a food mill for an even smoother texture.
Grilling the salmon on water-soaked cedar planks infuses it with a delightfully smoky taste, plus the sauce gives it a golden glaze. If you can't do this outside, bake it on planks in a 425°F (220°C) oven for about 12 minutes.
These easy fish cakes are mostly made from ingredients you might have on hand. Fresh bread crumbs and eggs help to hold the cakes together. Make your own fresh bread crumbs by pulsing day-old bread in a food processor until it resembles fine crumbs. Freeze them in an airtight container for up to 2 months.
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Cardamom Rice Pudding With Ginger Mango Salad</br>Photography by Jeff Coulson Credits: Cardamom Rice Pudding With Ginger Mango Salad</br>Photography by Jeff Coulson