The cookie that tastes like cake! These Italian Christmas Cookies are the perfect holiday treat. So soft and sweet with a delicious vanilla icing. Give them as a gift or keep them all for yourself!
Christmas cookies are my favorite kind of cookies to bake. Why? Because they seem to be filled with memories. My boys are more interested in baking cookies at Christmas time then any other time of the year. So I take full advantage because my babies are growing up way too fast. And let me tell you – these Italian Christmas were a huge hit with both Sebastian and Britton!
But what’s not to love? They are super soft, almost cake-like with a sweet hint of vanilla throughout. The icing on top is what the boys love the most. This mama knows what speaks to her boys hearts (through their stomachs). 😉
And the best part of these Italian Christmas cookies (beside the taste!) is you probably already have everything on hand to make them — right now!
All you need is some flour, baking powder, eggs, sugar, butter and vanilla extract. You can use almond extract as well if you have it available. For me, the hardest ingredient was finding those Christmas colored nonpareils (sprinkles). They were sold out almost every where – but luckily I finally found some!
So I do hope you will give these fun Italian Christmas cookies a try this holiday. Bake some sweet memories with your loved ones and enjoy the rewards twofold!
MORE CHRISTMAS RECIPES:
- Easy Graham Cracker Toffee
- Naughty But Nice Christmas Cocktail
- Holiday Peppermint Meltaway Cookies
- Cookie and Chocolate Dessert Charcuterie Board
- Gingerbread Bundt Cake with Eggnog Glaze
- Chocolate Peppermint Cookies with White Chocolate
How To Make Italian Christmas Cookies:
- 2 ¼ cups flour (all purpose)
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 3 large eggs
- ½ cup sugar
- ½ cup unsalted butter, softened (1 stick)
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 2 cups confectioner sugar
- 2 to 3 tablespoons milk
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract (optional)
- In a small bowl, mix the flour, baking powder, and salt; set aside.
- Using an electric mixer, beat the butter until light and fluffy.
- Add eggs, sugar, and extract until well combined. Mixture will look chunky.
- Add the flour and baking powder mixture and mix until it is just combined.
- Chill in the refrigerator for at least an hour.
- Use a small scoop or tablespoon to measure and roll the dough into balls. Dough will be fairly sticky.
- Place the dough balls onto a parchment-lined baking sheet about 1" apart.
- Bake cookies in a preheated 350° F oven for 8-10 minutes until they're set. Allow to COOL completely before icing.
- Mix the ingredients for the frosting, adding the milk one tablespoon at a time. Add in extract if desired.
- Place cooling rack inside of a baking sheet.
- Hold cooled cookies upside down and dip in glaze. Turn right side up and place on cooling rack, allowing excess glaze to drip into pan.
- Pour sprinkles onto cookies while the icing is still wet. Enjoy!
And if you’re looking for even more yummy Christmas cookies, be sure to check these out from my friends below:
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