Delicious Italian Cookies
Dessert, Recipes

Delicious Italian Christmas Cookies

There’s nothing better than the smell of Christmas and these delicious Italian Christmas cookies fill the house with all that Christmas magic!


One part of our Christmas tradition, which gives a special touch to the holidays is baking cookies.

Having a cookie swap or planning on making gourmet gift baskets with a variety of delicious and festive cookies? Allow me to share a go-to recipe that you must include in your arsenal, Italian Christmas cookies.

Easy to prepare, these Italian cookies are crispy on the outside with a delicately soft center. Their light and sweet taste is a perfect pairing with tea, espresso, or wine which could make for a wonderful themed gift basket.  They look fabulous in clear cellophane cookie bags tied with a burlap ribbon or cardboard cookie boxes wrapped in string with fun holiday tags.  There are so many festive and inexpensive ways to package your holiday cookies that add a personal and gourmet look and feel to your desserts. Local craft stores like Dollar Tree, AC Moore, Michaels, and Hobby Lobby –  all have inexpensive options for packaging and more times than not you can find coupons and clearance items that are perfect for your gift ideas.

Start your baking early in the month and freeze batches of dough so you are ready to simply bake and package closer to your holiday party or for Christmas day.  So turn your holiday tunes up, roll up your sleeves and start baking, these are going to be a holiday favorite!

Italian Christmas Cookies

Easy, delicious Italian Christmas Cookies will be the hit at your holiday party this year.  With just 15 minutes of prep time, 1 hour of rest time and 10 minutes of baking – these amazing holiday cookies are a must have recipe!

Cookie Ingredients

  • 4 eggs
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 3 1/2 cup flour
  • 4 tsp baking powder

Icing Ingredients

  • 2 cup sifted confectioners sugar
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 5-6 tsp water

How To Make The Cookies

  1. In a bowl sift together the flour and baking powder, set aside.

  2. In a large mixing bowl, cream together the butter and sugar.

  3. Add the eggs, one at a time, mixing well. Mix in the vanilla. Add in the flour mixture.

  4. Knead until dough is firm and not sticky, adding more flour if necessary.

  5. Refrigerate 1 hour.

  6. Cut off small amount of dough and roll on floured surface into 6 inch strips.

  7. Twirl into shape and place on greased cookie sheets.

  8. Bake at 375 degrees for 8-10 minutes (the bottom should be lightly browned but the tops should remain light).

  9. Remove cookies to wire rack and cool completely before glazing.

How To Make The Icing

  1. Combine the Icing ingredients in a bowl until just smooth. You want it more thick than thin, but still runny.

  2. 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.

  3. Top with sprinkles, while glaze is still wet.

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