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5 Popular International Holiday Baked Goods

Christmas cookies are a tradition in many homes. See more pictures of holiday baked goods.
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Although festive decorations and piles of presents are certainly enough to keep the holiday season interesting, most of us will readily admit that the constant stream of food is a definite highlight. Giant hams and stockings stuffed with candy are delicious, but the baked goods (especially the desserts) are probably the most drool-worthy.

While we might conjure up images of sugar cookies when we think of holiday baked goods, virtually every culture around the world has its own set of seasonal sweets. On this list of international holiday baked goods, some treats may be very familiar; others might just become your new favorites. Our culinary journey begins in ancient Rome.