This year I decided to try my hand at some new Christmas cookie recipes. I love Christmas cookie baking all year round but it seems that the Christmas season is often overlooked by most.

The time of year has finally come when we should all be enjoying the delicious food people send to us over the holidays. For this reason, we have decided to compile 31 of the best European Christmas cookies. Your search has ended!

Soon it will be time to celebrate the birth of Christ. For this, there are many delectable European Christmas cookies to be made. You can always make them from the recipes and tips that are out there, but in this article, we are going to tell you how to make 31 of them.

Here are a variety of European Christmas cookies to try!

European Christmas cookies are some of the finest cookies in the world. Okay, this isn’t a hard truth, but it’s certainly difficult to refute!

Traditional Christmas cookies in Europe come in a variety of forms, sizes, and tastes, ranging from jam-filled treats to every German spice biscuit you can imagine.

Photo collage of Christmas cookies on platesThis is just a batch of wonderful Christmas cookies!

We know a lot about German Christmas cookies since Lisa is German, but there are so many more wonderful European cookie varieties.

It’s interesting to observe how various nations (and sometimes whole areas) celebrate the holidays with cookies that are unique to their culture and history.

With so many other genuine Christmas cookie recipes available, we decided to compile a list of some of our favorite European cookie recipes from fellow producers.

Often, these recipes have been handed down through generations of family members – a feeling we share!

Tell us which ones you favor in the comments section below!



Butter Cookies (Butterplätzchen) are a kind of German cookie.

German Butter Cookies (Butterplätzchen) are a traditional German Christmas treat that are sweet and tasty. Their golden brown hue conceals a crumbly texture that melts in your tongue.

Butter biscuits are covered with a simple glaze and may be decorated in any way you like – or eaten plain!

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Linzer Cookies from Scratch is the source of this image.

A traditional Linzer cookie is an excellent option for people searching for a European Christmas cookie with a little extra sweetness.

A layer of sweet jam is sandwiched between two forms of biscuits in this buttery delicacy from Linz, Austria. Linzer cookies are a stunning complement to any Christmas cookie platter!

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pfeffernüsse pfeffernüsse pfeffer (German Spice Cookies)

Pfeffernüsse (German Spice Cookies) are another famous Christmas treat in Germany. These soft cookies are excellent bite-sized treats, made with traditional spices like cinnamon, nutmeg, and even ground pepper.

You can either apply a simple glaze to give them their distinctive coating or eat them plain – the sweetness and spice will suffice! Spice cookies are a must-have on every Christmas cookie platter.

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Recipe for Krumkake (Delicious Cardamom Cookie) is the source of this image.

Check out these Krumkakes for a light and crunchy Christmas cookie. With its characteristic rolled-cone form and finely pressed pattern, this Scandinavian wafer biscuit is sweet and delicate.

For a more classic flavor, Krumkakes are flavored with cardamom and vanilla, but you may experiment with other tastes as well!

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Crescent Cookies with Vanilla Flavor (Vanillekipferl)

Vanilla Crescent Cookies, also known as Vanillekipferl, are another traditional and crumbly cookie that is often seen during the holidays.

These delicious cookies, which are distinguished by their crescent form, are sprinkled with powdered sugar and served plain. These cookies are originally Austrian, but they’re also popular in Germany, Hungary, and other European nations!

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Biscotti with Almonds (Italian Cantucci) is the source of this image.

Almond Biscotti is a traditional Italian cookie that is ideal for the holidays. This dish is light and crispy, with toasted almond and orange flavors and smells!

Biscotti are a wonderful cookie to give as a gift since they last for up to two weeks!

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Cinnamon Stars from Germany (Zimtsterne)

If you’re looking for some star cookies, you’ve come to the right place. Zimtsterne, or German cinnamon stars, are a deliciously chewy cookie. These gluten-free Christmas sweets are made using ground almonds.

Cinnamon stars, topped with a delectable glaze, never last long when guests come. You might could just devour them all. Please don’t pass judgment!

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Crescent Cookies with Vanillekipferl (vegan) is the source of this image.

You’re in luck if you’re searching for a vegan version of the famous Vanillekipferl (vanilla crescent cookies).

By replacing organic almonds, vegan butter, and vegan-certified sugar in this vegan recipe, you can create wonderful crescent cookies!

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Kolaczki (vegan) (Polish Cookies) is the source of this image.

Check out these Polish Kolaczki for another jam-packed European treat! The classic folded cookie is easy to prepare and often contains a lot of dairy products.

Fortunately, you can create a dough that is just as flaky as the original with this vegan Kolaczki recipe.

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Brown Sugar Shortbread Cookies with a Stamp is the source of this image.

You must try these brown sugar shortbread biscuits for a simple Christmas treat that is widely appreciated.

These Christmas cookies are buttery and crunchy, with a texture that crumbles in your mouth, a tribute to Scottish origins. These cookies appear very beautiful because to the imprinted pattern, which is a Scottish thistle.

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Cookies made with pignoli is the source of this image.

The Pignoli, another Italian Christmas biscuit on our list, is very different from Biscotti.

These cookies are wonderfully chewy and packed full of pine nuts, plus they’re made with almond paste for just the right amount of sweetness!

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Spritzgebäck (German Spritz Cookies)

German Spritz Cookies – or Spritzgebäck – are another traditional German holiday treat that can be recognized from a mile away.

These fun-looking cookies, prepared from a simple dough, may be fashioned into a variety of forms, from circles to lines to a fancy “S.”

Spritz cookies are delightful to decorate with melted chocolate after they’ve been cooked. They’re a fun activity to do with the kids!

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Recipe for Delectable Sweet Kiflice is the source of this image.

Another jam-filled biscuit, this one from the Balkans, is guaranteed to delight your holiday diners.

Croatian kiflice are a jam-filled crescent that is flaky on the surface like a cookie and packed with deliciousness on the inside!

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Christmas Cookies with Prune Jam from Finland (Joulutorttu) is the source of this image.

Check out these Joulutorttu for a classic Finnish Christmas biscuit!

These lovely Christmas cookies have a traditional pinwheel form and a delectable spoonful of prune jam, and are made even more festive with a little coating of powdered sugar!

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Cookies with Caramelized Cashews from Hausfreunde is the source of this image.

Make a batch of Hausfreunde for another German Christmas cookie. These opulent biscuits have layers upon layers of deliciousness.

You’ve come to the right spot if you want shortcrust pastry with apricot jam, almond paste, dark chocolate, and caramelized cashews.

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Christmas Cookies from Hungary is the source of this image.

If you’re planning a trip to Hungary for this classic Christmas cookie, here’s a recipe with a twist!

These filled cookies are rolled in powdered sugar and filled with dates and crushed walnuts for a festive appearance.

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Shortbread Cookies that are vegan is the source of this image.

A traditional Scottish shortbread recipe is a must-have for any Christmas cookie round-up. This vegan shortbread recipe has a comparable taste and texture that you won’t be able to tell the difference!

It’s the ideal gift for vegan friends and family… or just eat them yourself!

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Anise Cookies from Italy is the source of this image.

Is there yet another Italian cookie? Why don’t you try a spice cookie? Italian anise cookies are comparable to German anise cookies, but they have a distinct flavor.

With a beautiful anise frosting, these anisette biscuits are soft and delectable. You may (and should) even put multicolored sprinkles on top!

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Cookies with powdered sugar from Greece (Kourabiedes) is the source of this image.

Another cookie in the form of a crescent? These Greek Kourabiedes are unlike any other. This delicate, crumbly almond shortbread biscuit is dusted with powdered sugar.

They create a delicious, not-too-sweet Christmas cookie that can also be enjoyed at other times of the year!

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Ricotta Cookies Made Simple is the source of this image.

Italian ricotta cookies are a delicious Christmas delicacy made with ricotta cheese but not at all cheesy.

These soft and spongy cookies may be topped in a variety of ways, from powdered sugar to a creamier glaze!

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Honey Cookies from Germany’s past is the source of this image.

German honey biscuits are a simple Christmas treat that may be enjoyed by everyone.

These soft and chewy spice cookies, flavored with honey and a touch of ginger, are perfect for any occasion.

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Traditional Italian Cookies – Cherry Almond Cookies is the source of this image.

This one sticks out as another Italian cookie on the list!

These cherry almond cookies are a lovely complement to any holiday cookie plate, with their distinctive maraschino cherry in the middle.

White chocolate is drizzled over the top in this recipe, but it is entirely optional.

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ape (Bosnian Butter Cookies) is the source of this image.

Bosnian Butter Cookies (also called as ape) are a light, buttery biscuit with a touch of lemon from the Balkan area.

During many holidays, these delectable tiny cookies are served with – you guessed it – a hot beverage such as strong Bosnian coffee!

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Greek Butter Cookies with Meyer Lemon (Kourabiedes) is the source of this image.

These soft and crumbly Kourabiedes, another Greek Christmas cookie, are scented with a touch of citrus – in this instance, lemon!

Although these butter cookies are formed into balls, they may easily be shaped into crescents.

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Cookies made with gingerbread is the source of this image.

A traditional gingerbread recipe is a must-have for every Christmas cookie round-up.

This spiced biscuit, like the others from Germany, is prepared with aromatic spices like allspice and nutmeg and may be shaped and decorated in a variety of ways!

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Cookies Cannoli is the source of this image.

The Cannoli cookie is a force to be reckoned with when it comes to Italian Christmas sweets.

These wonderful, easy cookies have a cake-like texture and rich tastes from ricotta and chocolate chips, plus pistachios!

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Stuffed Fig Balls with Coconut Chocolate Cover is the source of this image.

These coconut chocolate coated filled fig balls are a fantasy for a Christmas treat popular in the Balkan area.

They’re no-bake, so they’re quick to make and look beautiful on the cookie tray!

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Cookies with Honey and Spice from Greece (Melomakarona) is the source of this image.

This one stands out as another Greek Christmas treat!

Melomakarona are honey spice biscuits prepared with olive oil, a variety of spices, and honey, and topped with chopped walnuts and pistachios.

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Hazelnut Butter Cookies (Homemade) is the source of this image.

This traditional Christmas treat comes to us from Czechia and is a butter cookie with hazelnuts.

They’re simple to prepare and have a crispy, buttery feel that everyone loves. Don’t forget to dust them with powdered sugar before serving!

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Cookie recipe for Russian Tea Cakes is the source of this image.

These Russian Tea Cake Cookies, often known as snowball cookies, are delicious.

They have a buttery texture, are filled with pecans, and are finished with icing sugar for that traditional powdered appearance! Made with just a few basic ingredients, they have a buttery texture, are filled with nuts, and are topped with icing sugar for that classic powdered look!

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Christmas Cookies from the Netherlands (Kerstkransjes) is the source of this image.

Finally, but definitely not least, Kerstkransjes! These almond-filled Dutch Christmas biscuits are wonderfully delicious.

They’re often sliced into wreath shapes and tied on the tree with a ribbon, making them a fantastic culinary ornament!

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