Heaping plates of Christmas cookies are basically synonymous with the holidays. It seems that nearly every country around the globe has their own variation of the holiday classic. In fact, some of these regions have been making a version for hundreds of years. If you’re looking for a way to reconnect with the motherland, or maybe just a little baking inspiration, check out our picks for the yummiest Christmas cookies from around the world. Santa (and everyone else in your house) will thank you (+ totally want to steal these holiday recipe ideas).

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1. Mantecaditos con Guayaba: These may look like ordinary thumbprint cookies, but these almond shortbreads from Puerto Rico are filled with a special guava marmalade. (via The Noshery)


2. Lebkuchen: If the thought of cinnamon and cardamom wafting through your kitchen is enough to make your mouth water, just wait until you get to the tasty icing on these German Lebkuchen, which are rumored to have been invented by monks in the 13th century. (via Magda’s Cauldron)


3. Nutella Meringues: French meringues are a classic crumbly egg white cookie with a chewy interior. These get an extra European twist with the addition of Nutella. (via Broma Bakery)


4. Alfajores: Deeply flavored dulce de leche, a caramel made from whole milk commonly found in Spain and many Latin American countries, is the key ingredient in these super pretty sandwich cookies. (via Pretty Simple Sweet)


5. Baci di Dama: The name of this Italian treat translates to “lady’s kisses” — how adorable is that? These bite-sized cuties are made with ground hazelnuts and filled with a dollop of dark chocolate. (via Very Eatalian)


6. Linzer Cookies: These Austrian Christmas cookies are typically made with raspberry jam, but feel free to get crazy with a filling of your choice. Plus, the gorgeous windowpane look will make them a prize takeaway at your next cookie exchange. (via Cooking Classy)


7. Basler Brunsli: If you’re hanging out in Switzerland around Christmas time, you’ll definitely see these chocolate treats around. They’re often described as Swiss brownies due to their deliciously chewy texture. Perfect with a cup of eggnog or coffee! (via Olivia’s Cuisine)


8. Buñuelos: These tender miniature fritters from Mexico are a mix between a donut and cookie. Whatever you want to call them, they’re delicious. (via Little Inspiration)


9. Cuccidati: A tradition in Sicily, these bars are filled with dried figs and nuts and topped with a sweet glaze. (via My Recipes)


10. Apricot Kolaches: The Hungarians definitely know what’s up when tart apricot jam gets wrapped in a blanket of flaky pastry. They’re a bright spot on a cold Christmas day. (via American Heritage Cooking)


11. Cutout Sugar Cookies: In the United States, a plate of these festively decorated sugar cookies is just what Santa ordered. (via Life, Love and Sugar)


12. Polvorones: You’ll find these simple pecan shortbread cookies all over Mexico around this time of year. The coating of powdered sugar and canela, a type of Mexican cinnamon, really bring the flavor to the next level. (via Saveur)


13. Pignoli: These Italian Christmas cookies are made of a chewy almond base and topped with pine nuts. (via A Healthy Life for Me)

Does your family have a traditional cookie recipe for the holidays? Tag us @britandco in your Instagram photos and let us know!