The Best Holiday Cookie Ideas from Around the World

Dec 22, 2020 09:13 AM EST | By Josh Summers (

Holiday Cookie Idea Inspired from Around the World
(Photo : Sean Gallup)
A family makes vegan Christmas cookies using vEGGs egg replacement for the dough, on December 21, 2019 in Berlin, Germany. Christmas cookies are a long-standing element of central European Christmas tradition.

Holidays happen from around the world and the tradition of baking cookies and pairing them with milk is also known across the world. 

Children waiting for Santa Claus go down the chimney and offer him cookies and milk as he put the gifts on Christmas socks is an adorable tradition in the United States. 

Usually, baking the classic sugar cookies in different fun shapes and the chocolate chip cookies is the one that you bake for your kids to enjoy, and hopefully will fill Santa and give him a break from carrying the gifts. 

Not only Santa, but you might also be getting so used to the 'classic' cookies you bake every year, that is why we will give you different holiday cookie ideas as also mentioned by Saveur, inspired from other parts of the world that may spice up your Christmas eve. 

Read also: How to Make the Best Chocolate Chip Cookies in the World

Ausie-Kiwi ANZAC Biscuits

According to BBC Good Food, this cookie symbolizes Australia and New Zealand's most important national occasion.

They added that ANZAC stands for Australian and New Zealand Army Corps, the first military action the forces fought during World War One. 

Try making these for your little armies in the house and pretend to be a soldier. Here is the recipe for the cookie from BBC Good Food. 


  • 85g porridge oat
  • 85g desiccated coconut
  • 100g plain flour
  • 100g caster sugar
  • 100g butter (a little extra for the greasing
  • 1 tbsp golden syrup
  • 1 tsp bicarbonate of Soda
  • Procedure

    • Heat the oven to 356 degrees Fahrenheit. Combine all the dry ingredients. In a small saucepan, dissolve the butter and stir in the golden syrup then add the bicarbonate of soda to 2 tbsp of boiling water then add in the butter and golden syrup mixture. 
    • Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients then add in the wet ingredients and incorporate them gently. 
    • Put dessertspoonful of the mixture on the buttered baking sheets making sure that there is enough space when they spread. Bake until golden for about 8-10 minutes you are done. 

    Iraqi Lemon Cardamon Cookies

    Saveur mentions this adorable citrusy cookie. This traditional almond topping on top of the cardamom is replaced with the citrusy candied lemon peel to give it a bit of a kick. 

    The Spruce Eats describes cardamom as a spice made from the seed pods of various plants in the ginger family. They add that the pods encompass several seeds although it can be used whole or grounded.

    Here are the ingredients and procedure of the lemony cookie from Saveur.


  • 2 cups and 2 tbsp of all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp ground cardamom
  • One half teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 sticks of softened unsalted butter
  • One-third cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp finely grated lemon zest
  • ¼ cup minced candied lemon peel
  • This cookie has a glaze but of course, it is optional for you to do it. It needs 1 confectioner sugar, lemon juice from ¾ of a medium lemon, and a pinch of salt. 


    • Preheat the oven to 300 degrees Fahrenheit. In a medium bowl, mix all the first four dry ingredients and set aside. In a separate bowl (or if you have a stand mixer) cream your butter and sugar for one to two minutes then add the vanilla and lemon zest then continue beating it until it incorporates. Add the lemon peel and the dry ingredients until a crumbly dough forms for about 2 minutes. 
    • Divide the dough in half then tightly wrap it in a cling wrap and chill it in the fridge for about 2 hours or up to 3 days. 
    • In a floured clean surface, lightly roll the sheets of dough to ¼ thickness and cut the cookies utilizing a 2-inch round cutter sitting the dough 1 inch apart and cooking it for about 18-22 minutes until golden brown. 
    • For the glaze, whisk the glaze ingredients in a medium bowl until there are no visible lumps. Once the cookies are cooled, dunk a portion of it letting the excess drip down the bowl. 

    While you may be bored with the usual cookies you cook every holiday, these ideas from two different countries might spark joy in the eyes of your whole family.

    Trying new recipes is thrilling especially if you're doing it for an occasion. 

    Related article: Easy and Delicious Gluten-Free Cookies for the Holidays

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