Best Italian Christmas Cookies

Best Italian Christmas Cookies – lemony cookies topped with a sweetened glaze and fun colorful sprinkles. These are a classic Italian cookie that can be served year round but are very popular around the holidays.


For the Cookies

  • 3 ½ cups flour
  • 3 teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup sugar
  • ½ cup butter; softened
  • 1 teaspoon lemon extract – see not below

For the Glaze

  • 3 ½ cups powdered/confectioner’s sugar
  • 2 teaspoons lemon extract
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • ⅓ cup warm milk – see note below
  • Instructions

    1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
    2. In a large bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Set aside.
    3. In the bowl of your KitchenAid mixer beat together the sugar and butter.
    4. Add the eggs, one at a time.
    5. Beat in the lemon extract.
    6. Lower the speed of the mixer and gradually beat in the flour mixture until all is blended.
    7. Using a small cookie scoop, place the cookies on a baking tray that’s been lined with parchment paper.
    8. Bake for 7 to 10 minutes in a preheated 350 degree oven or until the bottoms are a light golden brown.
    9. Remove the cookies from the baking tray to a wire rack to cool completely.
    10. Prepare the glaze by combining the ingredients in a small bowl. If you find that the glaze is too thick, add another few tablespoons of milk.
    11. Dip the tops of the cookies in the glaze and immediately add the nonpareils or crushed candy cane pieces. The glaze hardens pretty quickly so if you wait too long, the sprinkles will not stick.
    12. Let the cookies set until dried completely.




    Feel free to substitute the lemon extract with anise, orange or even vanilla extract if you prefer.


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