Cookies Around the World 4 of 5

Total Time
Prep 45 mins
Cook 15 mins

This is a great recipe for variety (English, French, Greek, German, Flemish, Italian, Swedish, Norwegian, Turkish, Mexican). I have split them up two to a recipe but if you want them all, there are 5 separate recipes. They are made from one basic cookie dough. I think some of them may be posted individually, but at Christmas I make the entire variety. Each batch of basic dough makes a batch of two of the cookies with the ingredients I have listed.

Ingredients Nutrition


  2. Cream butter and sugar.
  3. Beat in egg and vanilla.
  4. Add flour slowly, and mix well.
  5. Divide in two.
  7. Use 1/2 cookie dough.
  8. Preheat oven to 375.
  9. Shape cookie dough by rounded teaspoon into balls.
  10. Balls can be rolled in colored sugar or dip in slightly beaten egg white and roll in finely chopped nuts.
  11. Place 1 inch apart on ungreased baking sheet.
  12. Press thumb deeply into center of each.
  13. Bake 10-12 minutes or until set but not brown.
  14. Fill thumbprint with jelly.
  16. Preheat oven to 375.
  17. Mix into 1/2 basic dough- orange peel.
  18. Shape dough by rounded teaspoonfulls into pencil-like strips about 5 inches long.
  19. Form strip into a circle, overlapping 1/2 inch at each end.
  20. Brush tops with slightly beaten egg white.
  21. Sprinkle with granulated sugar.
  22. Press bits of red cherries on center of overlap for berries.
  23. Add leaves chopped from green cherries.
  24. Bake on ungreased baking sheet 8-10 minutes until set but not brown.
  25. Immediately remove from baking sheet.
Most Helpful

I used this recipe for my Wednesday night kid's club cooking class and it was perfect! I made up a big batch of the basic dough and then divided it into 4 of the variations. This recipe fit well into my 'around the year theme'

* Pamela * September 15, 2008

I used a combination of the recipes from this collection as the dough is truly versatile and great for those making trays. From this perticlar version I made the Swedish ruby drops using finely chopped walnuts and apricot preserves. The cookies were easy and wonderfully tender. I will miss you my friend.

justcallmetoni December 19, 2007