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23 Of The World's Greatest Cookies

Every country bakes an incredible cookie.

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1. Germany: Pfeffernüsse (Spice Cookies)

Fun to say, more fun to eat, way better than gingerbread.Get the recipe here.
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Fun to say, more fun to eat, way better than gingerbread.

Get the recipe here.

2. New Zealand: Afghan Biscuits (Chocolate Cornflake Cookies)

These chocolate-covered chocolate numbers get an extra crunch from cornflakes.Get the recipe here.
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These chocolate-covered chocolate numbers get an extra crunch from cornflakes.

Get the recipe here.

3. Italy: La Deliziosa (Hazelnut Cream Sandwich Cookies)

Lemony shortbread plus creamy hazelnut will make you forget all about Nutella.Get the recipe here.
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Lemony shortbread plus creamy hazelnut will make you forget all about Nutella.

Get the recipe here.

4. Sweden: Shortbread Stars with Pearl Sugar

Because crunchy pearl sugar is even better than sprinkles. Get the recipe here.
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Because crunchy pearl sugar is even better than sprinkles.

Get the recipe here.

5. Germany: Lebkuchen (Chocolate-Glazed Almond Spice Cookies)

Here is the right way to bake a Christmas cookie.Get the recipe here.
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Here is the right way to bake a Christmas cookie.

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6. Argentina: Alfajores (Dulce de Leche Cookie Sandwiches)

What's better than salted caramel? Dulce de leche sandwiches.Get the recipe here.
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What's better than salted caramel? Dulce de leche sandwiches.

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7. Italy: Pignoli (Pine Nut Cookies)

The Italian bakery classic, done right.Get the recipe here.
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The Italian bakery classic, done right.

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8. France: Punitions (Shortbread Cookies)

Trust the French to make the world's best butter delivery system.Get the recipe here.
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Trust the French to make the world's best butter delivery system.

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9. Mexico: Galletas con Chochitos (Butter Cookies with Sprinkles)

Perhaps the ultimate Christmas cookie.Get the recipe here.
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Perhaps the ultimate Christmas cookie.

Get the recipe here.

10. Greece: Melomakarona (Honey-Dipped Walnut Spice Cookies)

These bite-size suckers are even better than baklava.Get the recipe here.
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These bite-size suckers are even better than baklava.

Get the recipe here.

11. South Korea: Yak Kwa (Honey-Dipped Ginger Cookies)

It's a cookie that's deep fried and soaked in honey. You good?Get the recipe here.
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It's a cookie that's deep fried and soaked in honey. You good?

Get the recipe here.

12. Mexico: Polvorones (Pecan Shortbread Cookies)

So buttery they melt in your mouth.Get the recipe here.
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So buttery they melt in your mouth.

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13. Australia: Anzac Biscuits (Coconut–Oat Cookies)

Australians are cookie (okay, biscuit) crazy, and these oaty, coconutty numbers take the cookie cake.Get the recipe here.
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Australians are cookie (okay, biscuit) crazy, and these oaty, coconutty numbers take the cookie cake.

Get the recipe here.

14. Norway: Krumkakes (Cream-Filled Wafer Cookies)

A Christmas cookie that eats like a cannoli.Get the recipe here.
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A Christmas cookie that eats like a cannoli.

Get the recipe here.

15. Russia: Khvorost (Twig Cookies)

Made with booze! (Not vodka.)Get the recipe here.
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Made with booze! (Not vodka.)

Get the recipe here.

16. Iceland: Marens-Kornflexkökur (Chocolate–Cornflake Meringue Cookies)

These chocolate meringues have some cereal baked inside, so you might as well call them breakfast.Get the recipe here.
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These chocolate meringues have some cereal baked inside, so you might as well call them breakfast.

Get the recipe here.

17. Lebanon: Ma'Amoul Bil Tamer (Date-Filled Semolina Shortbread Cookies)

If you dig Fig Newtons, these will blow your mind.Get the recipe here.
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If you dig Fig Newtons, these will blow your mind.

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18. Austria: Vanillekipferl (Walnut Crescent Cookies)

These are THE cookie to eat with coffee.Get the recipe here.
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These are THE cookie to eat with coffee.

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19. The Netherlands: Speculaas (Molded Ginger Cookies)

Almost too cute to eat. Almost.Get the recipe here.
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Almost too cute to eat. Almost.

Get the recipe here.

20. Iran: Nan-e Berenji (Rice Cookies with Rosewater and Cardamom)

They're extra-crispy-crumbly thanks to some rice flour, with some cardamom and rose for good measure.Get the recipe here.
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They're extra-crispy-crumbly thanks to some rice flour, with some cardamom and rose for good measure.

Get the recipe here.

21. Oman: Qashat al-Narjeel (Gluten-Free Arabian Coconut Cookies)

Three ingredients, no wheat, and you won't even need to turn on an oven.Get the recipe here.
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Three ingredients, no wheat, and you won't even need to turn on an oven.

Get the recipe here.

22. Wales: Picau ar y Maen (Currant Welshcakes)

Think of them as little baby scones.Get the recipe here.
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Think of them as little baby scones.

Get the recipe here.

23. Switzerland: Basler Brunsli (Chocolate–Almond Spice Cookies)

Brownies hiding in cookie bodies. Almonds and egg whites give them lots of chew.Get the recipe here.
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Brownies hiding in cookie bodies. Almonds and egg whites give them lots of chew.

Get the recipe here.

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