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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!



No need to buy a tray of Italian Christmas cookies this year—they’re easy to make and all the ingredients are readily available. The cookie itself is not overly sweet and has a cakey texture, so the sweetness really banks on the icing. We used almond extract in our recipe, but you can also use anise. In order to work with it, you’ll need to chill the dough, so don’t skip that step. Decorate these with the kids for a family-friendly holiday activity.

Italian Christmas Cookies

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

Ingredients

Cookies:


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


Icing:


  • 2 cup sifted confectioner’s sugar
  • 2 tsp. vanilla
  • 6 tsp. water


Instructions

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. 

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.

Enjoy!!

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