Christmas just isn't Christmas without a giant plate of cookies on the dessert table, but honestly I get tired of the same old cut-out sugar cookies, thumbprints, snickerdoodles and gingersnaps. I thought I'd shake things up a bit this year, by making holiday cookies inspired by tradition, but with a bit of a twist. The best recipes I've come across feature the classic ingredients we all know and love--chocolate, cinnamon, pecans, vanilla, brown sugar, etc.--but incorporate a few unusual additions to jazz things up a bit. Check out our slideshow of five intriguing Christmas cookie recipes below.

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I can't wait to try each and every one of these!

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5 Christmas cookie recipes with unexpected Latino twists

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Cardamom Snowdrop Cookies

Reminiscent of Mexican wedding cookies, these adorable bites feature a less commonly used spice, that will make your tastebuds dance.

Cardamom Snowdrop Cookies


1 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
1/2 cup powdered sugar
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 1/4 cup almond meal
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt

Get the full ingredient list and recipe at Savory Simple.

About the author

Shayne Rodriguez Thompson is a full-time wife, full-time mom, and freelance journalist trying to balance it all and looking forward to exploring the world with her son and husband. In her rare spare moments, she's a pop culture junkie and kitchen devotee who makes a mean cupcake!

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