5 Classic French Christmas Cookie Recipes

Celebrate the winter holidays with these 5 French Christmas cookie recipe collection including sables, madeleines, palmiers, and the quintessentially French macaron. 

The recipes include all the traditional aromas and flavors of the holiday season, so you can mix and match for a delectable cookie platter. All of these (apart from the macarons) are relatively easy to make. Macarons are not so hard, they just take a little time. 

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    Madeleines Recipe

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    Madeleines are plump, little sponge cakes traditionally flavored with just vanilla. These have a small bit of orange zest in them for added warmth and aroma. Serve them with a cup of tea or even a glass of wine, they always taste delicious. 

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    Almond Macarons Recipe


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    This almond macarons recipe is the most basic version of the classic biscuit. Crisp on the outside, and chewy-moist on the interior, these treats need no filling to be absolutely delicious. The beauty of these little beauties is they can be colored and flavored in so, so many ways. The varieties are endless. 

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    Cinnamon Palmiers Recipe

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    When one thinks of palmiers, the tiny scroll-like pastries, sweet and flaky cookies come to mind. These cinnamon palmiers are just that: warm and buttery, with a touch of comforting, caramelized cinnamon. You can whip up these treats ultra-fast, so they're perfect for last-minute gatherings or an untamed sweet tooth

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    Honey Sesame Cookies Recipe

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    This honey sesame cookies recipe from Corsica most likely originated in Turkey centuries ago, since it is essentially the same as the Turkish barazek. A coating of honey-dipped, toasted sesame seeds is what gives these delicious cookies their special kick.

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    Vanilla Sables Recipe

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    Here is the basic, classic version of the sables cookie. This recipe can be varied in so many ways, from adding a flavored cream filling to spicing the batter. Make your own signature sable recipe or enjoy it the traditional way, as comforting vanilla sables. Christmas would not be the same without these.