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The Most Popular Types of Christmas Cookies From Around The World

Learn about the most popular types of Christmas cookies and how you can enjoy them this holiday season!

What better day than National Cookie Day is there to celebrate Christmas Cookies? Baking and decorating Christmas cookies is a time-honored tradition that many families look forward to all year. For some, decorating cookies is a simple and fun activity to involve the children in the holiday festivities. For others, Christmas cookie season means it’s time for a baking marathon to make all the cookie recipes passed down from generation to generation within the family. And of course, Santa Claus needs cookies waiting for him to sustain him on his annual flight around the world! In honor of National Cookie Day and the holiday season, we are celebrating the 11 most popular types of Christmas Cookies from around the world and what makes them so special. 

Gingerbread Cookies: 

Gingerbread cookies

Gingerbread cookies are a classic holiday staple that is beloved all over the world! The first time gingerbread was used in recipes can be traced all the way back to the ancient Greeks and Egyptians who used it for ceremonial purposes. Eventually, crusaders carried gingerbread from the Middle East to Europe where the gingerbread cookies we know and love today came to be. Now, gingerbread is used to make gingerbread houses and delicious cookies every holiday season!  

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Cookie Crumbs and Crust Gingerbread Men, Set of 12

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Williams Sonoma Gingerbread House Kit

This festive kit has everything you need to make a charming gingerbread house! The kit includes pre-cut gingerbread pieces, icing mix, candy decorations, and piping bags! It’s the perfect culinary craft to involve the whole family! 


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Vanillekipferl is a type of cookie that is popular in places like Hungary, Germany, the Czech Republic, and Austria. Often shaped like a crescent moon, these shortbread cookies are known for their melt-in-your-mouth deliciousness. These cookies generally have a vanilla flavor that is often accentuated by walnuts, almonds, or hazelnuts. Click here to order ready-made Vanillekipferl straight to your door!

Frosted Cookies: 

Frosted Christmas Cookies

It’s hard to imagine a holiday season passing by without enjoying some frosted or iced Christmas cookies! Frosted cookies are usually just simple sugar cookies that are cut into a variety of holiday shapes, like wreaths, candy canes, Santa Claus, Christmas trees, and snowflakes. They can then be decorated with holiday-themed designs and colors by everyone from child bakers to culinary experts! 


Holiday Cookie Decorating Kit - 17.65oz - Wondershop

This holiday cookie kit comes with everything you need to start decorating your cookies! Simply open the box to find delicious pre-baked sugar cookies, Christmas-colored icing, and sprinkles. It’s a great activity for a holiday party or to keep the kids entertained! 


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Ultimate Holiday Cookie Cutter Set

Purchase the Ultimate Holiday Cookie Cutter Set to upgrade your Christmas cookie game! The set features 12 cookie cutters in the shapes of festive symbols, like nutcrackers, gingerbread men, stars, and candy canes. Plus, you’ll also receive 10 pastry bags, four piping tips, and one coupler.


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Christmas Snickerdoodles: 


Something about the cinnamon flavor of snickerdoodles just tastes so right around the holidays! Although in reality, these soft and chewy cookies sound good to us any time of the year! In addition to tasting delicious, snickerdoodles can also be baked with Christmas colored sugar or food coloring so the finished cookies are a festive red and green!  Purchase a batch of freshly made snickerdoodles by clicking here!  

Chocolate Chip Cookies:

Chocolate Chip Cookies

Chocolate chip cookies are a timeless classic and it should come as no surprise that they are the most popular cookies in America! We have it on good authority that Santa is a fan of chocolate chip cookies, too! But in Eastern Europe, there is a twist on chocolate chip cookies that is too delicious not to talk about! Chocolate Chip Mandelbrot Cookies are crunchy and perfect for dipping in coffee. Fairly similar to the biscotti cookies from Italy, this delicious cookie is made from mandel bread and loaded with chocolate chips.  

Peanut Butter Blossoms: 

Peanut Butter Blossoms

If you haven’t tried a peanut butter blossom, you’ve been missing out! Peanut butter blossoms are made with peanut butter mixed into the dough. Once the cookie has been baked, a Hershey’s Kiss is placed in the center! These cookies are creamy, chocolatey, and beyond delicious! 

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Peanut Butter Blossom Cookie Kit

This box includes everything you need to make the perfect peanut butter blossom cookie! It includes Betty Crocker’s delicious cookie mix and Hershey’s Milk Chocolate Kisses. All you have to do is follow the simple instructions on the box and you’ll have delicious homemade cookies in no time! 


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Italian Christmas Cookies: 

Italian Christmas Cookies

The way we see it, Italy has pretty much won Christmas. This country has too many delicious cookies to pick just one to feature! Some of our favorites include chocolate almond pizzelles, florentines, torcetti, and strufoli. The choices range from crispy to fruity and flavorful, which means Italy truly has a cookie for everyone! 


Assorted Italian Holiday Cookies

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Rosettes are traditional Christmas cookies from Norway. They are thin, deep fried, and shaped with iron molds. They are often shaped to look like snowflakes, which is perfect since these cookies naturally have a lacy pattern to their texture. Some people dip the edges into white icing to make the cookies look like snow and define the lacy pattern even more. Get the recipe here!  



Kolaczky cookies have Polish roots and are loved for their sweet fruity centers. Typically, these cookies consist of poppy seeds, nuts, jam or a mashed fruit mixture wrapped in delicious cookie dough. Recently, some people have started to experiment by filling the cookies with cream cheese or ice cream. Get the recipe to bake these cookies at home here!  

Linzer Cookies: 

Linzer Cookies

Of course, we can’t talk about classic fruit-filled Christmas cookies without bringing up Linzer Cookies. These cookies are from Austria and are one of the harder Christmas cookies to bake. However, the effort pays off because Linzer cookies really do make the holidays feel (and taste) extra special! The cookies have a tender texture and nutty flavor because the outside is made from almond dough. Meanwhile, the center of the cookies are filled with flavorful jam.  

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Vienna Cookie Company Heart Linzer Cookies

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Russian Tea Cakes:  

Russian Tea Cakes

Russian tea cakes are a type of cookie often eaten throughout the United States during the holiday season. Despite having “Russian” in the name, the tea cakes actually have no known connection to Russia. These cookies are actually thought to be the evolution of jumbles, which were simple buttery cookies that were popular in England during the Middle Ages

However, it’s also theoroized that these cookies were first invented in Mexico. Because of their similalrity, there is some suspicion that Russian Tea Cakes were actually derived from Mexican wedding cookies. The only real difference is that Mexican wedding cookies use pecans in the recipe, while Russian Tea Cakes rely on chopped hazelnuts, almonds, or walnuts. Both pasties are covered in powdered sugar! Click here to sample some tasty Russian Tea Cakes! 

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