italian christmas cookies

Hey newsflash: I'm Italian. Shocker I know. I was perusing Facebook the other day and came across an intriguing recipe. A recipe that had my name all over it.

Italian Christmas Cookies
4 eggs
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup butter
2 tsp vanilla
3 1/2 cup flour
4 tsp baking powder

Sift the dry ingredients together.

Cream the butter and sugar. Beat in eggs. Add the vanilla and then all the dry stuff.

Normally when a recipe calls for using flour on your hands I scoff. Ha. But in this case this stuff is very sticky. Might I recommend covering your hands in flour. This particular recipe calls for rolling it into logs and then sort of piling them up. I suppose you could just put them in plain old balls. But I did the little twisted pile of dough logs.

Bake at 375 degrees for 10 minutes. Allow your sick daughter to lick the spoon.

The icing!

2 cups sifted confectioner's sugar
2 tsp vanilla
6 tsp water

Stir until creamy.

After the cookies have cooled just dip away. If you are like me you'll do them all at once hoping to add sprinkles later. Well that didn't work out to well as the icing turned hard by that point. Nothing a little dip and press into sprinkles couldn't handle. And this is messy work. Prepare yourself for that.

God bless Italy. And Christmas.



  1. I LOVE italian cookies. I am irish/italian and grew up downing pizelles and my aunts italian cookies at christmas! Anything with anisette is my fave!

  2. My friend made these for my Christmas party last week, and I have one left that I've been saving! Now I can eat it and make more :)

  3. So I need to make these for Nick's Christmas party this weekend. His family is hardcore Italian (being German..I still haven't fully been accepted into his family. I'm the only one between all the girlfriends, wives, kids.. with blonde hair!) But they would LOVE these. And the best part is I'm 99% sure I have all the stuff to make them. ;)

  4. These remind me of anginetti's just minus the lemon. I love all the different italian Christmas cookies! Ricotta cookies, cream puffs and pizzelles!!! Now I am incredibly hungry….

  5. my italianness is so proud and so hungry right now!!! i need to make these stat!!!


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