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Holiday Cookies from South America

Galletas de Navidad

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In many parts of the world, Christmas and New Years are traditional times for giving food to family and friends. In South America, panettone (Italian-style fruitcake) is the most popular food gift, but holiday cookies are often served at parties.

Bring something different to the holiday cookie exchange this year. Alfajores (caramel sandwich cookies) are always a hit, as are the Brazilian chocolate truffles called brigadeiros, which are easy and fun for kids to make.

1. Holiday Alfajores

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The alfajor is a classic Latin American cookie - made of two delicate sugar cookies with a dulce de leche filling. It's fun to decorate alfajores for Christmas with sprinkles and/or icing, and they keep well enough (in a tin) to be sent in the mail.

2. Cocadas - Coconut Macaroons with Dulce de Leche & Chocolate

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Cocadas are the South American version of a coconut macaroon. These fancy cocadas are dressed up with dark chocolate for the holidays.

3. Argentinian "Havanna" Alfajores

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Visitors to Argentina love to bring these rich chocolate dipped alfajor cookes from the famous Havanna store home as gifts. Not on your way to Argentina? No worries, you can easily make them yourself, or make their sister cookie, the classic Havannet.

4. Guava Shortbread Cookies - Biscoito de Goiabada

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These delicate shortbread cookies are made with cornstarch and filled with sweet guava paste.

5. Passionfruit Lime Cookie Bars

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These cookie bars burst with citrus and passion fruit flavor.

6. Molasses Spice Alfajores

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A variation of the classic alfajor cookie with the holiday flavors of cinnamon, ginger, molasses, and allspice.

7. Brigadeiros - Brazilian Chocolate Fudge Truffles

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Kids will enjoy helping to make this easy recipe. It's traditional to serve brigadeiros in little paper cups.

8. Panettone Cake Truffles

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Panettone cake truffles are an excellent and delicious way to reinvent your excess panettone cake into pretty bite-size truffles, perfect for giving.

9. Glazed Lime Polenta Shortbread Cookies

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Delicate and buttery, these simple but elegant cookies are great for gifting. 

10. Gingerbread Llamas

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Llama cookie cutters are available online, or trace a cardboard llama as you cut out the cookies.
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