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Around the World—What Kind of Cookie does Your Country Eat?

Published July 25, 2011        by Nicole

America may have its Toll House cookies and Oreos as nationwide favorites. And they’re certainly delicious and well known. But what kind of Flickr credit: Kalleboocookies do those outside the United States eat? Every country seems to have a favorite cookie as different as the people who make them. Here are some of the countries around the world along with their cookies of choice. You’ll marvel at how few ingredients most have compared to American recipes. Most are light and simple and are baked with only the most basic staple ingredients. Amazing what a little sugar and flour can make.

Afghanistan: Khatai cookies are the traditional cookie of Afghanistan. They are made with simple ingredients like flour, cardamom, and pistachios. Just a few ingredients mixed to make a tasty cookie that looks as good as it tastes.

Albania: Albanians favor the Sheqerpare. This is a cookie in syrup. This cookie is simple and includes flour, sugar, eggs, butter, vanilla, and cloves. A final touch after baking is a drizzle of hot syrup.

Brazil: Brazilians love their Biscoitos de Maizena. These are cornstarch cookies and require only five ingredients. They are made with cornstarch, sugar, egg, salt and butter. Great with Brazilian coffee.

China: The Chinese cookie of choice is not the regular or chocolate covered fortune cookie (which was an American invention) but instead the Hang Geen Beng cookie. This almond cookie features a whole almond gently adorning a sugary light cookie.

Egypt: Egyptians eat Zalabia. These are delicately fried fritters in syrup dusted with sugar and cinnamon. Yum!

France: Chocolate Madeleines are the cookie of choice for the French. These tasty cookies, made famous by Proust, are light and cake-like.

Indonesia: In Indonesia, cookies are light and beautiful. The Kue Smprong cookies are called love letters and are delicate wafers with intricate design patterns on them.

Italy: Italians love their dry and crusty amaretti cookies. These cookies are made with almond paste and are perfect for dunking in espresso.

Japan: The Japanese cookie may be the most unique. It is called Yokan and is a jelly-like square. It’s made with azuki beans and sugar.

Mexico: Mexico’s cookie of choice is the Polvorones De Canela. These cinnamon cookies are dusted with powdered sugar.

Nicaragua: In Nicaragua, the cookie of choice is more like a donut. These light and fluffy donut-shaped teats are actually made from cheese and pork lard.

Peru: Peruvians enjoy a cookie called the Alfajores. These succulent cookies are two sandwiches of vanilla almond cookie with a vanilla based filling.

Portugal: Portuguese sit down to Raivas, a delicate cinnamon butter cookie for a snack. The five ingredients are combined and then the dough is rolled out into snakes and curved into butterfly shapes.

Scotland: Scottish folks sit down for tea with a Scottish Shortbread. These buttery slices of crispy cookie originated with the Scots.

Spain: The Spanish are known for their Almendaros. Their version of the almond cookie contains just four ingredients and has a lemony almond taste and sugary outside texture.Flickr credit: norwichnuts

Syria: The Syrians enjoy Barazeh. These flat sesame seed and honey cookies are tempting and golden brown.

Ukraine: Ukrainian women bake puffy pillows called Varenyky. These are much like our ravioli in looks, but are filled with a blackberry, sour cream, cream cheese, and cinnamon filling.