These dulce de leche shortbread sandwich cookies from Argentina have got it all figured out. Seriously, all of life's secrets are held between those two buttery sweet circles of perfection. Alfajores can be topped with powdered sugar, rolled in coconut or dipped in chocolate, because everything is beautiful and nothing hurts.
Chewy filled macarons have made their way stateside in a big way, and thank the cookie gods because they are delicious! Whether you like fruity varieties or head for the chocolate, there's a macaron for you.
Anzac biscuits are cookies made with rolled oats and coconut. They're popular in Australia and New Zealand and originated during World War I. "Anzac" refers to the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps.
Koeksisters are a bit more like donuts than cookies, but we'll allow it because they look incredible. Braided dough is deep-fried and dunked into cold sugar syrup. This makes them super sticky, super sweet and super delicious.
Canada gets it right with these triple-layer cookie bars named for the city on Vancouver Island where they originated. The bottom layer of the Nanaimo Bar is made from a mixture of melted butter, chocolate, graham cracker crumbs, shredded coconut and nuts. The middle layer is a custard-y buttercream and the top, a layer of pure chocolate. Nothing wrong with that.
If you're a fan of Trader Joe's Cookie Butter, these cookies are right up your alley. These thin, crispy ginger cookies are molded into intricate designs and pictures, making them all the more fun to eat!
These simple cookies are traditionally made with almond flour or almond paste, making them gluten-free by default! They're sweet and light and topped with pine nuts and we want a hundred of them, please.
Polvorones are also called Mexican Wedding Cookies. They're crumbly, buttery shortbread cookies covered in powdered sugar, and they closely resemble Russian Tea Cakes. Wherever they came from, we're happy to devour them.
Kuey tarts, also known as "Tangerine Pies," are liars because they are neither pies nor do they contain tangerines. "Kuey tart" actually translates to "pineapple tart." The little, pineapple filled pastries do, however, resemble the citrus fruit, so we'll give them a pass.
These gorgeous rounds are date-filled shortbread cookies from Lebanon. The crust is scented with rose and orange blossom waters, and the filling is spiced with nutmeg and cinnamon. We'll take a million.