40 Cookies From Around the World

Cookies are one of the most beloved creations enjoyed around the globe. From fluffy and delicate French macarons and tender, buttery Austrian linzer cookies to Indian cardamon-spiced shortbread nankhatai and Korean deep-fried honey and rice wine yakgwa, there are countless ways to make and indulge in cookies from around the world. The team at Kulick’s Cookie Recipes had so much fun discovering international cookie recipes and all of the different ways that people enjoy them. So which country has the best cookies? What are the most popular cookies in the world? Let’s find out!

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40 Cookies From Around the World

Here are the 40 cookies from around the world we have presented on this international cookies guide to feast your eyes upon:

  • Algerian cookies — Samsa
  • Argentinian cookies — Alfajore
  • Austrian cookies — Linzer cookie
  • Australian cookies — Anzac biscuit
  • Bolivian cookies — Cocadas
  • Brazilian cookies — Brigadeiros
  • Canadian cookies — Nanaimo bar
  • Chinese cookies — Almond cookie
  • Danish cookies — Vaniljekranse
  • Egyptian cookies — Kahk
  • English cookies — Jammie Dodgers
  • Finnish cookies — Joulutorttu
  • French cookies — Macaron
  • German cookies — Pfeffernüsse
  • Greek cookies — Moustokouloura
  • Iranian cookies — Nan-e nokhodchi
  • Israeli cookies — Mandelbrot
  • Italian cookies — Baci di dama
  • Japanese cookies — Hato sabure
  • Korean cookies — Yakgwa
  • Malawian cookies — Mbatata
  • Mexican cookies — Marranitos
  • Dutch cookies — Stroopwafel
  • New Zealand cookies — Chocolate rough
  • Norwegian cookies — Krumkake
  • Filipino cookies — Silvanas
  • Polish cookies — Kolaczki
  • Scottish cookies — Shortbread
  • Serbian cookies — Vanilice
  • Singaporian cookies — Kuih tart
  • Slovakian cookies — Laskonky
  • South African cookies — Hertzoggie
  • Spanish cookies — Borrachuelos
  • Thai cookies — Kanom dok jok
  • Ukrainian cookies — Sochniki
  • New York City cookies — Rainbow cookie
  • American cookies — Chocolate chip cookie

How Were Chocolate Chip Cookies Invented?

Who first created chocolate chip cookies, the beloved treat that is the ultimate partner in crime with a cold glass of milk? In 1938, co-owner Ruth Wakefield of the Toll House Inn in Whitman, Massachusetts, added broken pieces of a Nestlé semisweet chocolate bar into her cookie batter. While she considered the conventional cookie recipe of half white sugar and half brown sugar to be innovative, she sought to improve the recipe further, and the result was the legendary Toll House cookie. She wrote a best-selling cookbook, Toll House Tried and True Recipes, which went through 39 printings. The 1938 edition of the book was the first to feature the chocolate chip cookie recipe, called “Toll House Chocolate Crunch Cookie.” During World War II, U.S. soldiers from Massachusetts shared cookies they received in care packages from home with fellow soldiers from all across the nation. Before long, hundreds of soldiers wrote home requesting Toll House cookies from their families, and Wakefield was innundated with letters requesting her recipe. Thus began the everlasting craze for chocolate chip cookies.

As the popularity of this delicious dessert blossomed, so did the sales of Nestlé semisweet chocolate bars. Andrew Nestlé and Ruth Wakefield established a business agreement; Wakefield granted Nestlé the right to use her cookie recipe as well as the Toll House name for just a dollar and a lifetime supply of Nestlé chocolate. Nestlé started marketing chocolate chips to be used specifically for cookies and printed the Toll House cookie recipe on its packaging.

We hope that this delightful cookie guide inspires you to seek out more cookies from around the world and recipes to try. It can be so fun to experiment with international desserts and introduce new favorites to your family and friends. Enjoy!

40 Cookies From Around the World


Cookie + Country Description


Rich, crunchy cookie flavored with almond, orange, rose water, and sesame seeds


Sandwich cookie filled with dulce de leche that may be covered with powdered sugar or glaze, chocolate, or grated coconut
Linzer cookie


Tender, nutty, buttery cookie filled with sweet fruit jam and dusted with sugar
Anzac biscuit


Sweet cookie made with rolled oats, butter, golden syrup, and shredded coconut


Soft, chewy cookie made from sweetened condensed milk, shredded coconut, and macadamia nuts and often dipped in chocolate


Fudgy morsel made with condensed milk, butter, and cocoa powder and rolled in sprinkles
Nanaimo bar


Three-layer cookie with graham wafer, shredded coconut, buttery custard icing, and chocolate ganache
Almond cookie


Sweet, buttery cookie made with almond flour or ground mung bean


Buttery, crispy cookie with ground toasted almonds and a touch of vanilla flavor


Buttery cookie made with ghee, honey, sesame seeds, and walnuts that may be filled with date jam
Jammie Dodgers


Shortbread cookies filled with raspberry or strawberry jam


Classic Christmas cookie traditionally made with ricotta pastry in a star or pinwheel shape and filled with prune jam


Fluffy, delicate meringue sandwich cookie with a crisp shell. Buttercream, fruit curd, chocolate, jam, and cream cheese are popular fillings.


Chocolate-dipped cookies topped with nuts, candied cherries, and honey


“Pepper nuts,” spice cookies flavored with cardamon, pepper, mace, anise, cinnamon, cloves, and ginger that may be glazed or powdered


Soft cookie made with grape molasses, honey, cinnamon, cloves, and olive oil
Nan-e nokhodchi


Cookie made from chickpea flour, flavored with cardamon and garnished with pistachio


Shortbread biscuits made with ghee, semolina, cardamon, and chopped pistachio for garnish


Twice-baked shortbread cookie with a soft, rich texture and crisp exterior that may be filled with toasted almonds or chocolate
Baci di dama


“Lady’s kisses,” two hazelnut cookies joined by chocolate, which represents the “kiss”

Sicily, Italy

Flaky, rich cookie stuffed with figs, raisins, dates, honey, chocolate, walnuts, and spices
Hato sabure


Dove-shaped butter cookies that date back to 1887. The creator chose the shape because the children at a nearby shrine he often visited adored the doves there.


Deep-fried honey cookie made with rice wine, sesame oil, and ginger juice


Soft, cake-like mashed sweet potato cookies with cinnamon and raisins, traditionally shaped like a heart


Pig-shaped cookie made with cane sugar, molasses or honey, spices, and ample butter


Round waffle cookie made of two layers of sweet baked dough joined with caramel. They’re traditionally placed on top of a warm drink to warm the filling.
Chocolate rough

New Zealand

Corn flake-filled dough with rich chocolate ganache on top, creating a cookie that is both crunchy and creamy in one bite


“Curved cake,” a crispy and delicate waffle cookie served plain or filled with whipped cream


Frozen cookie made from two layers of buttercream sandwiched between cashew-meringue wafers and dusted in cookie crumbs


Flaky cream cheese cookie filled with jam


Traditionally made with one part sugar, two parts butter, and three parts flour; does not contain any leavening, which creates a crisp texture


Walnut and vanilla cookie sandwich with lemon zest and rose hip or apricot jam
Kuih tart


Melt-in-your-mouth shortcrust cookie topped or filled with pineapple jam


Crispy walnut or coconut meringue sandwich filled with caramel buttercream

South Africa

Apricot jam-filled cookie topped with a cloud of coconut meringue


“Sweet drunk,” fried dough soaked in wine and anisette and flavored with citrus, sesame seeds, and fennel, then filled with pumpkin or sweet potato and dipped in honey
Kanom dok jok


Crispy rice flour and coconut milk cookie shaped like a lotus blossom


Crumbly shortbread cookie filled with creamy farmer’s cheese
Rainbow cookie

New York, United States

Vibrant three-layered cookie made with almond paste, sugar, and butter
Chocolate chip cookie

United States

Soft, chewy cookie filled with chocolate morsels, invented in 1938 by Ruth Graves Wakefield after she chopped up a chocolate bar and added it to cookie dough


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