Italian Christmas Cookies

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These Italian Christmas cookies have become a favorite Christmas recipe at our house. Try them and see for yourself how delicious they are!
 These Italian Christmas cookies have become a favorite Christmas recipe at our house. Try them and see for yourself how delicious they are!

Has the Christmas fever started shaking you?
I’m burning! More specifically, I’m burning, because I want everything, but I’m managing to finish nothing. I have xx tabs opened with recipes that I want to prepare, eat, erase from the “to do” list because it isn’t good to transfer all of that into the New Year, right ?

But it’s just not happening the way I would like … and this terrible weather! I’m waiting for noon to begin to take photos, the closer the time, the darker it becomes. I’ll never get used to winter time.

 These Italian Christmas cookies have become a favorite Christmas recipe at our house. Try them and see for yourself how delicious they are!

Soooo, back to today sweet treat.

One part of the Christmas and New Year’s magic, which gives a special flavor to the holidays is certainly – cookies. Easy to prepare, these colorful cookies, crunchy outside and incredibly soft inside, are an unavoidable and very popular part of the Italian festive cuisine. Their lightly sweet taste is again as most Italian cookies, perfect for dipping in espresso….or wine!

Ready to make Italian Christmas Cookies?  I thought so.


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Italian Christmas Cookies
 
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Recipe type: Cookies
Cuisine: Italian
Serves: 24
Ingredients
  • Cookies
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 cup sugar
  • ½ cup butter
  • 2 tsp. vanilla
  • 3½ cup flour
  • 4 tsp.baking powder
  • Icing
  • 2 cup sifted confectioner’s sugar
  • 2 tsp. vanilla
  • 6 tsp. water
Instructions
  1. Cookies
  2. In a bowl sift together the flour and baking powder , set aside.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, cream together the butter and sugar.
  4. Add the eggs, one at a time, mixing well. Mix in the vanilla. Add in the flour mixture.
  5. Knead until dough is firm and not sticky, adding more flour if necessary.
  6. Refrigerate 1 hour.
  7. Cut off small amount of dough and roll on floured surface into 6 inch strips.
  8. Twirl into shape and place on greased cookie sheets.
  9. Bake at 375 degrees for 8-10 minutes (the bottom should be lightly browned but the tops should remain light).
  10. Remove cookies to wire rack and cool completely before glazing.
  11. Icing
  12. Combine the Icing ingredients in a bowl until just smooth. You want it more thick than thin, but still runny.
  13. Dip the tops of the cooled cookies into the glaze, then return to the wire rack, allowing the glaze to drip down the sides of the cookie.
  14. Top with sprinkles, while glaze is still wet.


 These Italian Christmas cookies have become a favorite Christmas recipe at our house. Try them and see for yourself how delicious they are!
These Italian Christmas cookies have become a favorite Christmas recipe at our house. Try them and see for yourself how delicious they are!

 These Italian Christmas cookies have become a favorite Christmas recipe at our house. Try them and see for yourself how delicious they are!

16 thoughts on “Italian Christmas Cookies

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  2. Linda Coughlin

    Thanks so much for this recipe. It looks like a delicious Christmas cookie. I’d like to make it as one of the desserts for my Christmas party but I’m not clear on what you mean by “Serves 24″. Does that mean the yield is 24 cookies? Or does it serve 24 people who would probably eat 2-3 cookies each.

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  3. Maria

    I love to cook and bake. Always looking good for something new. I enjoy giving food as gifts as well as cooking for my extended family and friends.

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  4. Ashley

    I’ll be making these this afternoon, can’t wait! Topping them with sugar sprinkles instead, the nonpareils are GONE from my grocery store LOL. Any idea how this recipe behaves when doubled?

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  5. Tom

    Good recipe, was excited to try it but nowhere do I see a yield or number of servings this recipe makes. I’m not wasting my time if I get like a dozen cookies.

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  6. Marissa

    These cookies are AMAZING! I made them for the first time yesterday and my family loved them! They taste as if they came straight out of a bakery! Defiantly a keeper! My grandfather from Italy was very pleased with these delicious balls of dough!

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  7. Lucia

    My family has made these cookies for years only with Anise extract in both the dough and frosting. In Italian they are called Zuccarini. Recipe from Naples 3 generations. One of my favorites!

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  8. Phyllis Bryant

    I have this recipe but I don’t make the 6″ strips. I just use a 1″ cookie scoop and roll dough from the scoop in my hands to a nice ball and bake them. It’s a lot faster then the strips and they come out perfectly fine. I also use anise for the flavoring.

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  9. diane

    These cookies are a staple in my house for every holiday and I adjust the extract accordingly. Halloween and Thanksgiving I use pumpkin extract in the cookies and vanilla in the icing, for Christmas, anise flavoring in the cookies and fresh lemon juice instead of water in the icing, and for Easter, orange or lemon extract in the cookies and fresh orange or lemon juice in the icing and tint the icing with spring pastel colors. This recipes is very good and very versatile!! Thanks!

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  10. Malissa

    These turned out great. I remember making them with my grandmother a few tiimes as a child. She also would use fresh lemon juice in her icing and lemon rin.d. so that was the only adjustment I made to the recipe. She was born in sorrento italy in 1926 and this is how she remembers making it to.

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