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Favorite Christmas Cookie Recipes from About.com

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About.com Food features an array of talented food writers, cooks, and chefs. We started sharing our favorite Christmas cookie recipes with each other and figured we would let our readers in on our Virtual Cookie Exchange. It's been updated for your 2013 holiday baking fun.

Expand your Christmas cookie repertoire with one of these delicious sweets from around the cookie-baking world.

  • Alfajores - crisp buttery cookies sandwiched together with soft, rich caramel - are common throughout South America. Bonus: they keep well which makes them perfect for gifting.
     
  • Applesauce Cookies from our Guide to Cooking for Two can easily be doubled or tripled to make more.
     
  • Besitos de Coco (Coconut Kisses) are a favorite treat in the Spanish-speaking Caribbean islands.
     
  • Bizcochitos are delicate anise-flavored cookies traditionally served in New Mexican households during the Christmas season.
     
  • Chocolate Chile Cookies have a gentle kick from a bit of cayenne and a grind of fresh black pepper.
     
  • Chocolate Oat Cookies are simple and fun to make. You can decorate them with smarties, colored sprinkles or nuts.
     
  • Chocolate Ginger Cookies are part molasses cookie, part chocolate crinkle, and all delicious.
     
  • Chocolate Pecan Meringues are a wonderful holiday treat, as long as you live where winter is defined by dry air (humidity ruins these cookies in the blink of an eye).
     
  • Chocolate Peppermint Meringue Cookies are fat-free, crisp on the outside, and chewy on the inside.
     
  • Chocolate Rice Cereal Squares are delightfully chewy and a great low-fat way to get your chocolate fix.
     
  • Chocolate Walnut Biscotti are simple to make and are ideal for gift giving - they ship beautifully!
     
  • Cinnamon Hazelnut Meltaways melt in your mouth and look festive in their powdered sugar coating.
     
  • Cinnamon Palmiers add a touch of homey cinnamon to traditional tiny, scroll-like palmiers.
     
  • Cranberry-Orange Cookies are flavored with orange juice concentrate and filled with plump dried cranberries.
     
  • Czech Christmas Cookies or vanocni cukovri can be made as pinwheels, checkerboards, or bear paws and home bakers take great pride in the seemingly endless varieties they make.
     
  • Danish Pepper Nuts are tiny, hazelnut-sized cookies traditional in Scandinavian countries. They keep well and make excellent gifts, especially when tucked into Danish woven heart baskets.
     
  • Date Drop Cookies are traditional drop cookies made special with a delicious date filling.
     
  • Easy Soft Gingerbread Cookies are fun to make with kids.
     
  • Fig Cookies are essentially homemade fig newtons. Super yummers.
     
  • Fortune Cookies, like everything, taste so much better when homemade - besides, it’s fun to write up your own fortunes to put in the cookies!
     
  • Gingerbread Men are tasty and make fun holiday decorations when you hang them on the tree.
     
  • Gingerbread Truffles are perfect for those, like me, who almost (almost!) prefer the cookie dough to the cookie. They taste just like gingerbread cookie dough!
     
  • Icebox Cookies are super simple. Get bakery delicacy taste with little of the fuss.
     
  • Kolaczki are Eastern European flaky cookies made with a buttery cream cheese dough that's filled with fruit or sweet cheese.
     
  • Krumkake are a traditional Norwegian treat; this guide shows you how to make them in a snap.
     
  • Madeleines are small, plump sponge cakes traditionally flavored with vanilla. This version has a bit of orange zest.
     
  • Mantecados or Crumble Cakes are traditional Spanish cookies for Christmas. They literally melt in your mouth with a delicate anise flavor.
     
  • Melomakarona is a traditional Greek holiday cookie made with cinnamon and cloves, soaked in a honey syrup, and sprinkled with sesame seeds, walnuts, and cinnamon.
     
  • Mexican Wedding Cakes (a.k.a.Swedish or Russian tea cakes) are delicate nut-studded shortbread-style cookies rolled in powdered sugar. The best ones melt in your mouth but also keep well and make elegant additions to any cookie plate.
     
  • Molasses Crinkles are easy to make and fill the house with wonderful aroma as they bake.
     
  • Pecan Cocoa Nib Cookies are delicate, sophisticated additions to any holiday cookie assortment.
     
  • Pecan Praline Cookies are a buttery holiday treat.
     
  • Pumpkin Chocolate Chip cookies unite America's favorite gourd with our favorite cookie!
     
  • Raspberry Raisin Rugelach are simple to make and a great addition to the traditional Christmas cookie plate.
     
  • Ricciarelli di Siena are classic orange-laced Sienese almond paste cookies that were once a Christmas delight, but are now enjoyed year-round.
     
  • Rye Sugar Cookies have a delightful nutty flavor.
     
  • Scottish Shortbread is irresistible (my middle name is McGregor, so I was raised on the stuff and will never - ever - get enough). It's traditionally eaten on New Years Eve, but why wait?
     
  • Speculaas are spiced gingerbread-like traditional Dutch Christmas cookies.
     
  • Sugar Cookies can be made, rolled out, cut, and decorated with help from the whole family.
     
  • Thumbprint Cookies are an fabulous vehicle for a range of fillings – let your imagination run wild.
     
  • Vegan Oatmeal Cranberry cookies are vegan and tasty.
     
  • Rosquillos de Vino (Wine Ring Cookies) are light, delicate Spanish cookies made with white wine and anise extract. They are traditionally served with a glass of anise-flavored liqueur, but are also tasty with a cup of tea or coffee.
     
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