Published July 25, 2011 by
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.
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.