Old recipe of unknown origins, with flavors of anise and sorghum syrup.
Hand-shaped cookies are so named because they are formed by hand and not using any special tools. Usually they are molded into small balls or rolled into rope shapes, sometimes twisted into pretzels or formed into wreaths. Most of these cookies retain much of their shape after baking, although generally soften somewhat in shape. For example, perfectly spherical balls of dough when baked resemble rounded domes when removed from the oven. For the best holiday cookie plate presentation of your hand-shaped cookies, attempt to make them all uniform in size and shape (although when they are not, they will be just as much appreciated!). For the tenderest cookies, handle the dough as little as possible.
Italian Love Knots
Lemon-flavored knot cookies from Italy symbolize “tying the knot”.
A traditional Dutch cookie that is thin and flaky, with cinnamon and sliced almonds.
Colorful cookie with a fresh, fruity taste of any jello flavor you like!
A Greek cookie with nuts, not too sweet, with a soft and dry texture.
Soft cookie shaped into a figure-8 or pretzel. Commonly thought to be Norwegian/Swedish.
A small thumbprint-type cookie rolled in chopped nuts and topped with a candied cherry.
Dutch cookies filled with marzipan and shaped into a letter.
An almond shortbread topped with a slice of maraschino cherry. A Christmas staple in Puerto Rico!
Mexican Flag Cookies
Dipped in colored sugars to resemble a flag, these have the yeast-y flavor of a donut.