Thursday, December 18

Eat Christmas Cookies, Season 2: Christmas Cookies from Around the World

Santa Claus has decided that one lucky entrant of Eat Christmas Cookies, Season 2 will receive a copy of Field Guide to Cookies by Anita Chu of the delicious blog Dessert First. On December 22nd, Santa (with the help of Random.org) will select the winner and make his announcement. So please, no late entries.


Now check out the amazing array of Christmas cookies that have been submitted so far. Want to submit yours? Check out Eat Christmas Cookies, Season 2, which is running through December 21st.

Happy Baking!

Suzana of Home Gourmets from Lisbon, Portugal

About a month ago, Suzana's sister-in-law was giving her a kiss good-bye when she whispered "Don't you forget about the Christmas cookies!" Thankfully Suzana hasn't forgotten and shares her lovely White Chocolate and Cranberry Cookies.

Amber of Amber's Delectable Delights from Indiana, USA

You'll be dizzy with delight when you taste Amber's swirly, girly Chocolate Cherry Pinwheels.

Kara of What's Kookin' from Falls Church, Virginia

Kara's #1 Christmas cookies are Nanino Bars, or is it Nanaimo Bars? It could be 7 Layer Bars, Magic Bars, Miracle Bars, Georgia Street Slices, or Hello Dollies. No matter what you call them, just be sure to make some.

Tenina of Steamovencooking with Tenina from Perth, Australia

Tenina says she couldn't resist joing in the fun of baking cookies with all of us, and you won't be able to resist her Jaffa Basler Brusli.

JZ of Tasty Treats from MN, USA

It really feels like Christmas for JZ in Minnesota, where the temps are below zero! So she warmed up by baking a batch of her special Christmas Cranberry-Pistachio Biscotti.

Sukanya of Sukanya's Musings from Singapore

No time left for baking? Sukanya's got ya covered with her no bake Oatmeal Cookies in a Jiffy.

Kathryn of Limes and Lycopene from Sydney, Australia

When you eat healthfully, it can be a challenge to find a cookie that won't make you feel too guilty. Thanks to Kathryn's recipe for healthier Spiced Chocolate and Biscuits you can have your cookie and eat it too.

Ronell of My French Kitchen

Make your homemade Christmas gifts even more special by attaching handwritten cards to them. Recipients will really appreciate the personal touch while they munch on cookies like Ronell's Chocolate Stars.

Sarah of What Smells So Good from Oshawa, Ontario, Canada

Scottish shortbread takes on an Italian accent in Sarah's "butter-banned" Chocolate Peanut Shortbread Rustica, made with olive oil.

Elly of Elly Says Opa! from Chicago, IL, USA

I wish I was on Elly's Christmas gift list, don't you? Because then we would be receiving a tin of her festive and tingly Chocolate Peppermint Cookies.

Jaime of Good Eats 'n Sweet Treats from Texas, USA

Is there a cookie more charming than Stained Glass Cookies?

For a mildly sweet, soft, buttery cookie, try Jaime's Buttery Jam Cookies with a cup of tea, of course.

Janet of Gourmet Traveller from Basel, Switzerland

Janet shares a recipe for her husband's favorite cookie: Italian Amaretti Cookies. These lovely golden cookies are subtly sweet and oh-so-soft-in-the-middle.

DK of DK's Culinary Bazaar from California, USA

Looking for something fun to do with your kids this weekend? Let them loose with some icing and candy sprinkles while they decorate a batch of DK's Christmas Shortbread Cookies.

Mansi of Fun and Food from Caliornia, USA

For the ultimate in cookie decadence, try Mansi's Chocolate Nutella Cookies. Just the name makes me swoon.

Vegans and non-vegans alike will be delighted when they taste Mansi's vegan Jam Thumbprint Cookies.

Bellini Valli of More Than Burnt Toast from British Columbia, Canada

Though Shortbread is a universally loved Christmas treat, it isn't always easy to make. Thanks to Bellini Valli and her brother Neil's Shortbread Cookie recipe, you can now make shortbread and know that it will turn out perfectly every time.

Sarah of What Smells So Good from Oshawa, Ontario, Canada

When you need a caffeine fix, there's nothing better to pick-you-up than Sarah's Espresso Coins, subtly sweet cookies laced with ground espresso and coffee liqueur.

Anja from Berlin, Germany

Anja shares her recipe for Cardamom Kisses, a holiday favorite.

175 g butter
50 g sugar
1 tsp vanilla sugar
1 tbsp. apple juice
1 tsp.ground cardamom
250 g flour
1 tsp baking powder
a pinch of salt
as much melted chocolate as you need ( and want:-) )

Cream the butter with the sugar and vanilla and vanilla sugar. Add apple juice and cardamom. Mix flour,baking powder and salt. Add wet ingredients and quickly form a dough. Wrap the dough in foil and place in the fridge for at least two hours. Roll the dough into rolls that are as thick as your fingers. Cut them into 2-3 cm long pieces, place on baking tray and flatten with a fork so that there`s an imprint. Bake at 180 degrees celsius for 10-15 minutes. When cool, melt chocolate and dip one side of the cookies into it. let them dry off and eat.

Susan of Food Blogga from San Diego, CA, USA

For all of my fellow chocolate chip cookie lovers out there, I have a special Christmassy Chocolate Chip, Cherry, and Pistachio Cookie for you. Take a bite and you'll discover a soft and chewy center studded with sweet chocolate, tart cherries, and rich pistachios.

Maria of Kali Orexi from New York, USA

Maria just wasn't in the holiday mood. So she did the one thing she knew would change that: She baked her favorite Greek cookies, Seker Pare. Now she feels positively festive.

Jude of Apple Pie, Patis, and Pâté from Chicago, IL, USA

When Jude was a child, he and his sister would lock themselves inside her room with a whole tin of rich, buttery Lenguas de Gato Cookies (Cat's Tongue Cookies). They don't lock themselves away anymore, but they still love their cookies.

Rosa of Rosa's Yummy Yums! from Switzerland

Though Rosa is expert when it comes to European cookies, she decided to go all-American this year with Pecan Sandies.

Happy Cook of My Kitchen Treasures from Belgium

Happy Cook shares her recipe for Cookies Filled with Jam and Nuts-- sweet pockets of dough filled with nuts and any jam you fancy.

Betherann of Muffin Love from Montana, USA

When Betherann's butter and jam cookies didn't turn out exactly how she planned, she rolled with the punches and renamed them Backfired Apple Butter Cookies.

Peter of Kalofogas from Canada

Peter shares his culinary knowledge and family recipe for traditional Greek diples, wafer thin, crisp fried cookies that are beloved by Greeks everywhere.

Paul (Food Blogga's Dad) from Rhode Island

Savory Italian Pepper Biscuits, made with olive oil and fennel seeds, are satisfyingly crisp and slightly crumbly. And I just happen to think my dad's are the best.

Michelle of What Does Your Body Good? from Boston, MA, USA

Every Christmas Michelle anticipates baking her grandmother's Cranberry Nut Balls. This year, after a little tweaking, Michelle shares a new, healthier version, with a new name: Christmas Cranberry Nut Balls.

Jessica of Fearless Kitchen from Braintree, MA, USA

Jessica shares her version of traditional Greek Butter and Almond Shortbreads called kourabiedes. One of her twists includes lacing the cookies with subtly rich and smooth Amaretto liquer.

Kalyn of Kalyn's Kitchen from Salt Lake City, Utah, USA

Looking for a cookie that is free of sugar and gluten but is still packed with flavor and texture? Then bake a batch of Kalyn's Sugar-Free, Gluten-Free Triple Almond Cookies. Triple almonds = triple deliciousness.

Girasoli of Shave Ice and Gelato from Oahu, Hawaii, USA

Girasoli shares a treasured family cookie recipe: her great Aunt Edith's Keiffles, soft, buttery little pockets filled with your choice of fruity jam.

Toni of The Daily Bread from San Diego, CA, USA

Toni's first cookie exchange was a BIG one comprised of 30 people. So it's a good thing she brought her Christmas themed Orange Cranberry Pistachio Biscotti.

As soon as Toni spied these festive star-shaped Brownie Roll Out Cookies, she knew she had to have them. Chances are, you're feeling the same way after seeing Toni's cookies.

Jescel of Spice of Life from Miami, FL, USA

Having grown up in the Phillipines, Jescel had only eaten bottled cranberries. So she was wowed by the tartness of fresh cranberries when she tasted them just a few years ago. Now she is addicted, just as you will be addicted to her Cranberry Cookies.

Susan of My Life's Joys from Henryville, PA

Despite some bum luck with her stove lately, Susan has managed to bake some wonderful Christmas cookies with her baking buddies, including a Christmas favorite: Chocolate Crackles.

For the perfect sugar cookie, Susan has chosen Dorie Greenspan's Grandma's All-Occasion Sugar Cookie. They're not too thin, not too thick. They're just right.

Ricki of Diet, Desserts, and Dogs from Toronto, Canada

With the sinking economy, a lot of people will be giving homemade Christmas gifts this year, including Ricki. So if you're on her Christmas gift, then you may just receive a tin of these lovely Marzipan-Topped Shortbread Cookies.

Debi of Dejamo's Distracted from Chicago, IL, USA

If you really want to make a memorable butter cookie this Christmas, then try Debi's boozy Mexican Wine Cookies made with sweet sherry. These are definitely not your ordinary butter cookies.

Christine of Blue Rose Cafe from Arizona, USA

One of the joys of Christmas is passing along cherished family traditions. For Christine, that includes keeping her grandmother's recipe for Raspberry Shortbread Bars alive by baking them with her daughters each year.

Lysy of Munchkin Mail from Warwickshire, UK

Do you have any pilots on your Christmas list? Lysy did and sent him the ideal gift: Christmas Flying Lebkuchen, spiced cookies in the shape of airplanes! Brilliant.

Bonita of Bon Eats from Toronto, Canada

Bonita has ventured into vegan baking territory and discovered how wonderful it is with these crunchy-on-the-outside and soft-and-chewy-on-the-inside Vegan Spiced Molasses Cookies.

Anne of Anne's Kitchen from the UK

What's more festive than traditional Christmas shortbread? Anne's fragrant Chocolate Spiced Shortbread.

Jelly of Fragole & Cioccolato from Milan, Italy

For a simply scrumptious cookie that is simple to make, try Jelly's Coconut Macaroons. They're light, chewy, and intensely coconut-y. Need I say more?

Sonya of Daily Living Portal

Sonya has prepared some lovely Christmas cookie trays with a delicious assortment of holiday favorites, including kid-friendly Peanut Blossoms.

Sarah of What Smells So Good from Oshawa, Ontario, Canada

What made Sarah's fiance call her Spicy Molasses Snappers the best gingerbread he has ever had? Sarah says the secret is rich, dark blackstrap molasses. Plus he's just a sweet guy.

Sarah continues to work cookie magic in her kitchen with a new holiday favorite: Glace Cherry Shortbreads.

Marjoke of Company in My Kitchen from The Netherlands

Marjoke shares what many food historians claim to be the original Christmas cookie: German Lebkuchen, a fabulously aromatic cinnamon and spice cookie.

Judy of Judy's Gross Eats from Ventura, CA, USA

Since Judy can't make it home for the holidays this year, she is at least going to enjoy the flavors of home with her favorite Christmas cookie of all: Orange Bizcochitos.


Deeba of Passionate About Baking from North India

Deeba's beautifully scalloped Nibbly Buckwheat Chocolate Chip Cookies are not only pretty to look at, but they also taste great too. They got two thumbs up from her kids, who know a thing or two about cookies.
Marianna of Swirl and Scramble from Paris, France

Marianna shares a beautiful assortment of Christmas cookie that bring back the flavors of her childhood spent in Switzerland. There are heart-shaped chocolaty Basler Brunsli (Swiss Brownies with Cinnamon and Clove).Zimtsterne (Swiss Cinnamon Cookies) are spiked with a little kirsch.

Finally there are Austria's beloved Mini Linz Tarts, delicate pastries filled sweet marzipan and tart cherry jam.

Deb of Nonna's House from Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Deb shares traditional Calabrese Scalille (or scaledde, literally, little ladders). She learned how to make these family treasured confections from her Italian nona and excitedly makes them every Christmas.

Marie of A Year in Oak Cottage from Kent, England

Leona is taking time to remember what Christmas is really all about: loving and helping others. Oh, and baking Christmas cookies, like these candied cherry topped Whipped Shortbread Cookies.


Alanna of Kitchen Parade from St. Louis, MO, USA

If you're looking for the ideal edible Christmas gift that will stand up well to shipping, then look no further than Alanna's Sesame Candy Crunch -- brittle-like candy made with fragrant spices and sweet honey.

Jude of Apple Pie, Patis, and Pate from Chicage, IL, USA

Looking to pamper yourself during the stressful holiday season? Skip the spa and bake Jude's Chocolate Brownie Cookies instead. Jude says, "the center remains soft, moist, and chewy like brownies but the lightly crisp edges and tops are reminiscent of macarons." I feel pampered just writing that sentence.

Arfi of HomeMadeS from New Zealand

If you're feeling frazzled during the hectic holiday season and need a quick pick-me-up, then try Arfi's Almond Dark Chocolate Biscuits. Just know that they come with a warning: when eaten warm out of the oven, "you have to be ready for oozy dark chocolate melt smeared on your fingers or mouth." I can handle that. Can you?

Sunita of Sunita's World from the UK

Sunita's Choc-Yogurt Cookies have it all. These delicious coconut and chocolate cookies are made with good-for-you oats, whole wheat flour, honey, and yogurt. So you can enjoy all the flavor without all the guilt.

Ashley of eat me, delicious from Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

There is something wonderfully nostalgic about cookies made with malted milk and Whoppers candy as Ashley shows with her Chocolate Chunk Malt Cookies. These big, soft, deeply chocolaty cookies are even studded with -- are you ready for this? -- strawberry Whoppers!


Vicki of A Work in Progress from San Marcos, California

Vicki shares her all-time favorite Christmas cookie with us: pretty rolled Rugelach, made with cranberries and pecans.


Susanne of My Life's Joys from Henryville, PA, USA

So much of Christmas baking is about keeping family traditions alive. That is what Susanne is doing this year by baking her Mom's Christmas Bow Knots, light and airy fried cookies dusted with confectioners' sugar.

When you make Susanne's Mom's Struffoli, small fried, candy sprinkled orbs, you'll feel like you have just stepped into a sweet and cozy Italian bakery.

Rachelle of Mommy, I'm Hungry! from San Diego, CA, USA

For a holly jolly Christmas cookie, you've just got to make Rachelle's sweet red and white twisted Candy Cane Cookies.

Kate of Kate in the Kitchen from Lino Lakes, Minnesota

When Kate finds herself missing her mom, she knows just what to do: go into her kitchen and start baking. Pretty soon, Kate's sadness is lightened as she envisions her mom's angelic smile beaming down upon her. Her mom would certainly be proud of Kate's lovely entry: moist, cakey, and deliciously zesty Lemon Ricotta Cheese Cookies.

Jaime of Good Eats 'n Sweet Treats from Texas, USA

Although she is not a fan of sugar cookies, Jaime sure the knack for making pretty ones. For the taste of Christmas, try her Grandma's All Occasion Sugar Cookies, which are appealingly decorated with sky blue Royal Icing.

Think a cookie can bring about world peace? Well, why not make some of Jaime's melt-in-your-mouth World Peace Cookies, pass them on to everyone you know, and see what happens.

Nicisme of Cherrapeno from Kent, UK

If you really want to impress your guests this holiday season, then you've just got to make Nic's Triple Chocolate Christmas Pudding Cookies. Not only are they deeply chocolaty, but they are covered in white chocolate "snow" and edible holly.

Anudivya of A Little Bit More

With her Low-Fat Almond and Oat Cookies Anudivya proves that it is possible to transform a high-fat cookie recipe into something that is both healthy and delicious.

Krista from Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Though Krista doesn't have a blog, she excitedly shares her recipe for Almond Roca cookies, which she has been making every Christmas for the last eight years. Clearly these are some special cookies. Here is her only caveat: These are highly addictive, so watch out!

Almond Roca
1 lb. butter - no substitutes
1 c. sugar
1 c. brown sugar
10 oz almonds, coarsely chopped
12 oz. chocolate chips

Melt butter over medium heat. Add sugars to melted butter. Stir constantly until mixture reaches hard crack state. About 350 on your candy thermometer. Remove from heat. Immediately add about 8 oz of the chopped almonds and pour into lipped buttered cookie sheet.Spread 6 ounce chocolate chips on top of mixture with spatula as they melt. Sprinkle with chopped almonds. Cool in refrigerator. Turn onto waxed paper. Melt remaining chips and pour on 2nd side of the almond roca. Sprinkle with remaining almonds. When cooled break into chunks. I don't turn it over anymore to do the second side, but I have in the past. And it's yummy; you just need to wait a bit longer before you can eat it.

Soma of eCurry from Texas, USA

Want to spend a truly fun afternoon with your children? Then gather them in the kitchen, whipped out the flour, sugar, and cookie-cutters, and make a batch of Soma's beautiful Christmas Snowflake Cookies.

Lynn of Cookie Baker Lynn from Bellevue, WA, USA

With so many scrumptious Christmas cookie recipes to choose from, Lynn had trouble selecting just one for her Christmas cookie exchange. I think she has chosen a winner with these mouth-watering Caramel Turtle Bars.
Jen of Beantown Baker from Boston, MA

Do you like your Christmas Sugar Cookies big and soft or crisp and thin? Head over to Jen's to read more about the great sugar cookie debate.

Maybe it's because of candy canes, but there is something about peppermint confections that are just so appealing at Christmastime. And Jen's Peppermint Sandies made with white chocolate and topped with crushed peppermint candy are what it's all about.

Tracy of Rah Cha Chow from Rochester, NY, USA

I never thought the word "meatball" would appear in a cookie, especially along with the word "lemon." But it does. And now that Tracy has made several batches of them at home, she may have to make fewer trips to bakery to get her Lemon Meatball cookie fix.

Namratha of Finger Licking Food from Atlanta, GA, USA

Namratha believes that chocolate and orange are foods for the gods. You'll agree when you taste her divine Chocolate Orangey Chocolate Chip Cookies.

Caroline of When Adobo Met Feijoada from Southern California, USA

A Kalamansi is a small sour fruit native to the Phillipines. Amazingly its zest makes deliciously sweet and tangy Kalamansi Melt-Away Cookies.

Tara of Should You Eat That? from Melbourne, Australia

Tara knows that only thing better than big, chewy chocolate chip cookies at Christmas time is big, chewy green and red Christmas M & M Chocolate Chip Cookies.

Andreas of Delta Kitchen from Germany

These subtly sweet and aromatic Anis Cookies with Bourbon Vanilla are Andreas's first original cookie recipe. I think he has the knack, cause they look lecker. That's German for "yummy."

Anali of Anali's First Amendment from Quincy, MA, USA

Anali wanted to submit something original for this event. She has definitely succeeded with these nutty, fragrant, cardamom-laced Chai Spiced Almond Cookies.

Michelle of Bleeding Espresso from Calabria, Italy

According to Michelle, "Christmas cookies aren't about fancy in our house; they're just about YUM." That's why Michelle shares a holiday classic: Mom's Peanut Butter Cookies.


Sarah of Sweetteeth from New York, USA

If you like Neopolitan ice cream, then you'll love Sarah's cheerfrul tri-color Neopolitan Cookies.

Sarah of What Smells So Good from Oshawa, Ontario, Canada

For Sarah, making French Filbert Macarons is like raising children. At times it can be challenging, but it's always worth it in the end.

Psychgrad of Equal Opportunity Kitchen from Canada

Though Psychgrad made these charming Sugar Cookies with pastel blue royal icing for a baby shower, they would be a lovely and unique addition to your Christmas cookie tray this year.

Patsy of Family, Friends, and Food from New Jersey, USA

Think the classic Snickerdoodle couldn't possible get any better? Think again. Patsy added cinnamon chips to the batter and claimed these the BEST EVER Snickerdoodles.

Sowmya of Creative Saga

Sowmya's Thumbprint Cookies are ideal for making with children. Kids just love to make the thumbprint in the cookie dough then fill it with their favorite fruity jam.

Susanne of My Life's Joys from Pennsylvania, USA

When Susanne wants to keep her son in the kitchen with her, she knows exactly what to do: suggest making a batch of Peanut Butter Chocolate Kiss Cookies. Children simply delight in adorning each cookie with a chocolate Hershey kiss.

You just can't beat Italian Christmas cookies. It's true. And Susanne shows you why with her festively decorated Italian Cookies from Carol. I can attest to the deliciouness of these light and cakey cookies because they're just like my mom's Egg Biscuits.

Mike of Trial by Food from Ohio, USA

In an effort to recreate the flavors of his childhood, Mike went on a baking frenzy in pursuit of the perfect Ginger Snap Cookie. Fortunately for us, he succeeded and shares his recipe.

Leah of Wine Imbiber from Los Angeles, CA, USA

When Leah is looking for a cookie to please everyone on her Christmas list, she turns to Russian Tea Cakes -- snow topped, melt-away cookies that are only enhanced when paired with a cup of hot tea.

For an endlessly appealing melt-away cookie with an endlessly appealing name, try Leah's Angel Whispers. A layer of creamy, zesty lemon filling is sandwiched between two sugar cookies. Heavenly, indeed.

Sandra of Le Petrin from Paris, France

With five cookie-loving children to feed, Sandra knows a thing or two about how to please them. And you can please your little ones too when you make a batch of Sandra's Flourless Peanut Butter Chocolate Cookies.

Andrea of Cooking Books from NYC, NY, USA

No, these lovely, uniquely shaped Chocolate Hamantaschen are not from a New York bakery; they are from Andrea's kitchen. And they might end up in yours as well.

Rachelle of Mommy, I'm Hungry! from San Diego, CA, USA

Looking for a sure-fire way to get into the holiday spirit? Make a batch of Rachelle's decadent Easy Chocolate Truffles. It worked for her, and it will work for you too.

Rachel of The Crispy Cook from Schuylerville, NY, USA

Although Rachel's husband has celiac disease and is unable to eat wheat, Rachel wouldn't think of his missing out on the joy of Christmas cookies. So she created these deliciously thin, crisp Ginger Nut Lace Cookies, which she says are addictive. I'd have to agree with that.

Navita of Zaayeka from Hong Kong

When Navita wants to make the holiday season especially joyful for her husband, she bakes him a batch of his favorite Double Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies. Her secret ingredient: love.

Food Blogga (San Diego) and Food Blogga's mom, Janet, from Rhode Island

Learn how to make traditional Italian Almond Biscotti just like my Italian mom. It's easy! Her biscotti are satisfyingly crunchy and bursting with toasted almonds. Eat them on their own, pair them with a glass of sweet wine or dunk them in a cup of hot coffee. They're delicious any way you slice them.

Wendy of Wee Bit of Cooking from Inverness, Scotland


Wendy's home smelled so good after baking clove, ginger, and cinnamon laced Piparkakut (Finnish Ginger Snaps) that even her dog Marco couldn't resist them.

Sarah of What Smells So Good from Oshawa, Ontario, Canada

It's hard to believe that Sarah's fudgy, chewy Brownie Oat Truffle Balls are good for you, but they are. Really. I don't know how she does it, but, boy, does she do it well.

Teresa of coachteresa.com from Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

If you want to surprise someone special on your Christmas list this year, then bake them a batch of Teresa's decadent Chocolate Caramel Suprise Christmas Cookies. Bite into one of these rich, fudgy cookies and-- whoa! -- sweet melty caramel comes oozing out.


Rosie of Rosie Bakes a "Peace" of Cake from the UK

Rosie shares a personal childhood favorite of mine: Chocolate Kris Krinkle Cookies. These "snow-topped" cookies give way to a chewy, chocolaty center that makes you wish it was always Christmas time.

Chris from Rhode Island, USA

This entry has an interesting story behind it. Chris, whom I have never met but lives in my home state, emailed me asking for my mom's recipe for Lemon Egg Biscuits. I sent her the recipe on Saturday, she made the cookies on Sunday, and now they're posted on Monday! Chris doesn't have a blog, but you can get the recipe when my next NPR Kitchen Window piece is published on December 17th.


TW of Culinary Types from Seaford, Long Island, New York, USA

TW (and his brother) keep their Nana's spirit alive at Christmas by making her Norwegian Sandbakkels --delicate, buttery, almond flavored cookies made in mini fluted pans.

Katie of Apple and Spice from the UK

Nothing will fill your home with the enticing aroma of Christmas more than Katie's Christmas Gingerbread Cookies. And they do double duty as Christmas tree ornaments too!

Johanna of Green Gourmet Giraffe Blog from Melbourne, Australia

For a delicious twist on a classic Christmas cookie, try Johanna's Festive Shortbread. You still get the rich, buttery, crumbly shortbread you love with the added bonus of tart cranberries and dark chocolate baked inside.



Mary of Sweet Mary from Providence, Rhode Island, USA

If you're looking for the perfect chocolate coffee cookie, then stop looking. Mary's mom has been baking these Chocolate Chunk Coffee Cookies for over 30 years to rave reviews. They are a favorite of Mary's family and will become a favorite of your family's too.

Deeba of Passionate About Baking from North India

These Australian Oat Walnut Wafers are so wonderfully nutty and chewy, that as soon as Deeba's husband tasted one, he asked when she was going to make another batch!

Sara of Ms. Adventures in Italy from Milan, Italy

It's no surprise that Sara shares classic Italian Pignoli Cookies. They have a crisp exterior that give way to a soft and chewy interior and are chock full of toasty pignolis (pine nuts).

Ivy of Kopiaste.. to Greek Hospitality from Athens, Greece

The only thing better than chewy coconut macaroons are chewy Coconut and Almond Macaroons. And don't forget to tie them with a cheerful red ribbon for an deliciously appealing gift.

Sarah of What Smells So Good from Oshawa, Ontario, Canada

You just don't get better than Mom's Shortbread, which is why Sarah makes a batch every Christmas.

Priyasuresh of Priya's Easy N Tasty Recipes Paris, France

When Priyasuresh brought home some Rice Krispies, she couldn't believe that no one would eat them breakfast. So thankfully for us, they became the featured ingredient in these Vegan Rice Krispies Oatmeal Cookies -- light, crisp, cookies that are not only low in fat and sugar but are also vegan.


Looking for a great gift for vegans on your Christmas list? Fill a cookie jar with a batch of Priyasuresh's deliciously crunchy, nutty Vegan Peanutbutter Oatmeal Chocolate Cookies.

Janet (Food Blogga's Mom) from Rhode Island, USA

Mom's Filled Cookies are a sticky, sweet mixture of prunes, cherries, and nuts that are baked inside of a soft, sweet dough. They remind me of mincemeat pies but sound and taste a whole lot better.

Maris of In Good Taste from New York, USA

Maris's Cranberry Shortbread cookies are ideal for bakers with a hectic schedule. They're refreshingly simple to make and simply refreshing to eat.

Laura of The Spiced Life from SW Ohio, USA

Laura presents a shortbread cookie with zing! Her Mini Chip Peppermint Crisps are laced with peppermint extract and studded with Andes thin mint chips.

The Sugar Fairy of Cupcakes and All Things Sweet from Brisbane, Australia

For peppermint lovers on your gift list, give them a tin full of The Sugar Fairy's festive Peppermint Cookies made with loads of real crushed candy canes.

Goody of Eat the Blog from rural Nebraska, USA

Goody shares playfully colorful Spritz Cookies made from this antique cookie press (pictured above), which her husband scored for only $1.99. Believe it or not, the press cost less than the butter used to make the cookies!

Christie of Stump the Chef from Orlando, FL, USA

After a frosty afternoon spent draping the yard with twinkling Christmas lights, there's nothing more warming than a hot mug of coffee and some freshly baked Kahlua Chocolate Chunk Cookies.

Maria and Josh of Two Peas and Their Pod from Salt Lake City, Utah, USA

Maria relishes holiday baking time. She sings and bakes, then spreads her holiday cheer by giving gifts of homemade goodies like these deliciously chewy, fragrant Cranberry Orange Oatmeal Cookies.

Happy Cook of My Kitchen Treasures from Belgium

Think you can't eat Christmas cookies and still look great in that little black dress? Think again. Happy Cook's Chocolate Snowballs are super low in sugar yet super high in taste.

Laura of The Spiced Life from SW Ohio, USA

Despite a hectic holiday season and moving into a new house, Laura amazingly found the time to bake these festive Christmas colored Cottage Cheese Sugar Cookies.

Susan of The Well-Seasoned Cook from New York, USA

Susan offers undeniably addictive rich chocolate cookies filled with creamy peanut butter. These really are Magic in the Middle Cookies.

The Recipe Girl from San Diego, California

The Recipe Girl loves her Christmas cookies and offers four fabulous recipes. Beautify your Christmas cookie tray with Strawberry Sandwich Cookies.

For a rich, savory cookie, try festive tree shaped Rosemary-Shortbread Cookies.

Chocolate Peppermint Stars are as easy to make as they are fun to eat.

Chewy Triple Chocolate Oatmeal Cranberry Cookies are baked with three different types of chocolate and drizzled with a white chocolate glaze.

Shibani of Anyonecancook from China

Shibani wants the "sweetness to flow in you" this holiday season, so she is sharing her recipe for kid-friendly Festive Cookies. Of course, you don't have to be a kid to enjoy these colorful cuties.

Laurie of Mediterranean Cooking in Alaska from Anchorage, Alaska

Laurie takes the humble ice cream sandwich to an entirely new level. Homemade tart pomegranate ice cream is sandwiched between two Crispy Pistachio Cardamom Cookies for a chic holiday treat.

DK of DK's Culinary Bazaar from California, USA

DK loves all things ginger like gingerbread, ginger snaps, and ginger cookies. But her favorite ginger treats for the holidays are also the sweetest of them all: classic Gingerbread Men.

Annie of Mixed Salad Annie from Rhode Island, USA

If you're looking for a low-fat cookie that still tastes great (and will even fool your guests!), then you've got to try Annie's wonderfully moist Cream Cheese Cookies.

Sarah of What Smells So Good from Oshawa, Ontario, Canada

Do you like chewy, chunky, bumpy cookies? If so, then Sarah's Cupboard Cookies made with chocolate chips, cranberries, and pumpkin seeds are for you.

Rosie of Rosie Bakes a "Peace" of Cake from the UK

For a deliciously festive Christmas tree this year, bake a batch of Rosie's delightful Christmas Stained Glass Window Cookies and hang them on your tree. Just don't be surprised if a few of them go missing before the big day.

Chris of Melecotte from Atlanta, Georgia, USA

Chris donated these adorable cinnamon Teddy Bear Cookies to children at her local Ronald McDonald House. I can just imagine the smiles on the faces of those precious children. There really are angels around at Christmas time.

Culinarywannabe from New York, New York, USA

When Culinarywannabe was in college, each month a care package from her mom would arrive chock full of goodies for her and her roommates to enjoy. Now she is making her own goodies such as Pumpkin Cheesecake Bars to give as delicious Christmas gifts.

Chris of Melecotte from Atlanta, Georgia, USA

Every Christmas cookie tray has to have sugar cookies on it. But if you want your sugar cookies to stand out from the rest this year, then make Chris's subtly sweet Fig Sugar Cookies with real pieces of fresh fig baked inside.

Nicisme of Cherrapeno from Kent, UK

Next to chocolate chip cookies, is there a cookie more universally loved than biscotti? For a special Holiday Biscotti, try Nicisme's white chocolate dipped biscotti studded with dried red cranberries and crunchy green pistachios.

Lintang of Cook, Uncook from Melsele, Belgium

If you're baking with children this year, then consider making a batch of Lintang's Chocolate Cookies filled with Marzipan. The children will delight in baking with marzipan and everyone will delight in eating these sweet, chocolaty, buttery soft cookies.

K. Horn of Incredibly Edible from Halifax, Nova Scotia

K. Horn offers an especially thoughtful entry -- Gluten-Free Sugar Cookies. Now even your gluten-free guests can savor all of the Christmas cookie fun.

Anne, aka Foodie Froggy of A Foodie Froggy in Paris from Paris, France

If you can't drop everything during the busy holiday season to fly off to Paris for some memorable confections, then you should make Anne's A La Spring Spiced Truffles. The recipe is from Daniel Rose, one of Paris's most celebrated chefs (and he's an American!).

Karen of Karen Cooks from Havre, Montana, USA

Karen's gardener loves eggnog, so this year for Christmas, she's surprising him with a batch of rich cinnamon and nutmeg laced Holiday Eggnog Cookies. I'd gladly do some weeding for these goodies.

Aparna of My Diverse Kitchen from Goa, India

Big, chewy, hot, soft pretzels may be one of the world's best snacks. Aparna shares a recipe for unique Eggless Anise Pretzels that are deliciously sweet and savory.

Susan of Food.Baby from Brisbane, Australia

When Susan was a little girl, she loved to make (and eat) deliciously messy Florentines, cookies made from corn flakes, chocolate, cherries, and ginger. Even though she's an adult now, she hasn't outgrown her love for Christmas Florentines.

Lintang of Cook, Uncook from Melsele, Belgium

More than anything, Lintang's children adore cookies. And right now they're gobbling up a fresh batch of Lintang's festive star-shaped Chocolate Almond Cookies.

Stacey of Stacey Snacks from Summit, New Jersey, USA

Stacey is sharing The Best Biscotti ever. How do I know this? Because she used my mother-in-law's recipe (well, actually Scialo's Bakery's recipe), which I've eaten countless times. Apparently so has Stacey; this was her 10th batch in a year!

CurryLeaf from New Jersey,USA

CurryLeaf offers Bizcochitos, traditional New Mexican sugar cookies, made with fragrant cinnamon and fennel seeds, that are typically baked during religious holidays like Christmas.

Maryann of Finding La Dolce Vita from The Beautiful Hudson Valley, New York, USA

If you grew up in an Italian-American family, then chances are you have eaten Regina Cookies, subtly sweet sesame coated cookies. And if you haven't, then you've got to try this recipe.

Happy Cook of My Kitchen Treasures from Belgium

Every Christmas cookie tray needs soft, chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies on it. Thanks to the Happy Cook, you don't have to search for the perfect recipe this year because she already has it.

Lynne of My Gourmet Connection from Orlando, FL, USA

Lynne's sweet and tangy Limoncello Glazed Ricotta Drops are a testament to why Italian food is so universally loved.

Elra of Elra's Baking from California, USA

If you live in a warm weather climate like Elra, don't fret about missing out on snow days. Just whip up a batch of winter white Snow Cookies instead! Plus, there's no shoveling involved.

Mark of No Special Effects from the Philippines

Mark kicks off Eat Christmas Cookies, Season 2 with a holiday classic: Soft Glazed Gingerbread. If you're looking for another kitchen gadget, then consider buying a springerle mold, which Mark used to create the beautiful pattern in these cookies.

27 comments:

BGF said...

Thank you for hosting this delightful cookie post — I will have to try them all! :)

Maryann said...

I'm looking forward to seeing all the wonderful types of cookies. I mean, who doesn't love cookies, right? xox

Jeanne said...

Wow - the bar has been set really high... Best I get baking!

Rosie said...

Thank you SO much Susan for hosting this wonderful event!! Everyones cookies look gorgeous, I can't wait to come back and view new cookies that are added to the list.

Rosie x

Andrea said...

I have been looking forward to this for a few months now. Can't wait to bake some cookies to share.

nicisme said...

This is going to be my favourite page I can tell! Thanks so much for doing this Susan, I love it!!

Lynne said...

This post is such a great (and growing) source for holiday baking ~ thanks for all your work Susan!

eliza said...

i'd love to participate in this event, hopefully i still have time to bake some cookies!

Jelly said...

Hi! I sent you an email with my recipe. Did you receive it?

Susan from Food Blogga said...

Thanks for all of your wonderful feedback everybody! Happy Baking to you all!

Hi Jelly, No I have not received it. And it's not in my spam either. Want to try it again please?

Soma said...

What a great event & a great collection! This is going to be bookmarked & used year after year!

Marie said...

Thanks so much for hosting this wonderful Holiday event! There are some lovely looking cookies here. I want to bake them all! I hope that you got my entry!

Susan said...

I recently came across your blog and have been reading along. I thought I would leave my first comment. I don't know what to say except that I have enjoyed reading. Nice blog. I will keep visiting this blog very often.


Susan

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Jelly said...

I sent my email again.

sunita said...

Thank you Dear Susan, for hosting this event...all the entries look spectacular :-)

Bellini Valli said...

What a treat for the eyes this has been. Cookies from around the world.

Marianna said...

Susan, you hosted such a great event, and this very Intl roundup is incredible!! Have a great holiday season!

astrofiammante said...

if you like, you leave savory biscotti recipe for Christmas
http://viaggiarecomemangiare.blogspot.com/2008/12/salatini-di-natale.html

wishes for a happy Christmas and New Year ....
Astrofiammante of Verona, Italy

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How To Eat A Cupcake said...

Wow thanks for this fantastic post! I bookmarked seven of these recipes. Now how will I choose which to make before Christmas???

Sunshinemom said...

I have just decided on one for tomorrow! Great way to post the roundup as and when! Thanks, Susan:)

Kalyn said...

Wow, that's a lot of cookies. I am impressed with how you're keeping up with them! Very fun seeing what everyone is making.

Maggie said...

Fantastic roundup of cookies! I love all the variety.

Susan said...

I recently came across your blog and have been reading along. I thought I would leave my first comment. I don't know what to say except that I have enjoyed reading. Nice blog. I will keep visiting this blog very often.


Susan

http://www.car-insurance-choices.com

Wendy said...

Holy crap, Susan. That is a LOT of cookies! Wonderful. :)

Lovliebutterfly said...

Some seriously delicious cookies here! Yum!

Corrie said...

These all look great!
Does anyone know where to buy a Springerle mold in Toronto?

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