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Italian Christmas Cookies

Italian Christmas Cookies - Quick and easy Italian sugar cookies. This Christmas cookie recipe doesn't require rolling the dough out on a floured surface.

Easy Italian Christmas Cookies that taste just like sugar cookie mix but better. These Italian Christmas cookies taste just like the sugar cookies your family would make every year for Christmas as a child!

Quick and easy, 10-ingredient Italian Christmas Cookies. These cookies will rival your classic sugar cookie that’s been passed down from generation to generation. These cookies are soft, fluffy, and have a classic sugar cookie.

It’s the start of the holiday season and now is the best time to make a list of Christmas cookies and desserts to make for family parties.

Italian Christmas Cookies - The best quick and easy 10 ingredient sugar cookie recipe for Christmas. These Italian Christmas Cookies are soft and have a classic sugar cookie taste you'll love this holiday season.

In just a few days, it will be December. This time of year always go by quick with Christmas parties, and holiday work parties. In between shopping and gift wrapping, I like to bake. I always start the holiday season off with Thanksgiving and then I start to bake cookies and fudge for the Christmas season. This season, I’m all about these Italian Christmas Sugar Cookies.

Perhaps the best part of making these easy sugar cookies is that the dough doesn’t need to be rolled out on a floured surface. During the holiday season, I don’t always have the counter space to do that and sometimes I like to pack up all the ingredients and head to a friends house where they don’t the room to roll out cookies. Well these cookies just need time to chill in the refrigerator and that’s totally okay with me while I enjoy a glass of wine with my friend.

Italian Christmas Cookies - The best quick and easy 10 ingredient sugar cookie recipe for Christmas. These Italian Christmas Cookies are soft and have a classic sugar cookie taste you'll love this holiday season.

I’m a huge cookie fan. Everyone that knows me, knows that I love to bake cookies. Baking cookies is therapeutic for me and it helps to relieve a lot of stress. Other times, I’m simply craving a sweet dessert and cookies are it for me.

It’s been a family tradition since I can remember to bake Christmas cookies throughout the holiday season. I always start with the classics like Strawberry Thumbprint CookiesPecan Snowballs, Peanut Butter Blossoms, and Crinkle Cookies, however, I like to try new recipes like these Gingerbread Thumbprint Cookies. I’ll also adapt old favorites and introduce them during holiday cookie parties.

This year, I’ll be shipping my a variety of Christmas cookies off to family and friends. We love to do a holiday cookie exchange and these cookies always make the cut.

Italian Christmas Cookies - The best quick and easy 10 ingredient sugar cookie recipe for Christmas. These Italian Christmas Cookies are soft and have a classic sugar cookie taste you'll love this holiday season. Everyone raves how delicious they are. Perfect for a cookie swap.

The secret to creating bakery style sugar cookies is to add vanilla and almond extract. Almond extract is used to give cake batter desserts their flavor and it makes these cookies a go-to Nonna approved Christmas cookie recipe this holiday season.

If you’re looking to add more flavor to these cookies, try experimenting with different extracts and citrus zest. Almond extract is my go-to flavor enhancer when flavoring cookies and cakes as it adds a “cake batter” flavor I remember and loved growing up.

More flavor ideas include peppermint, lemon, caramel, maple, and anise extract flavorings.

Italian Christmas Cookies - Quick and easy Italian sugar cookies. This Christmas cookie recipe doesn't require rolling the dough out on a floured surface. Made with an almond glaze and Christmas sprinkles.

Italian Christmas Cookies are classic sugar cookies. The baking powder in the recipe allows the cookies to rise with heat and they stay set throughout cooling. One bite of this Christmas cookie recipe and it will quickly become a favorite. It will even make the Christmas cookie list year after year.

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Italian Christmas Cookies

The best quick and easy 10 ingredient sugar cookie recipe for Christmas. These Italian Christmas Cookies are soft and have a classic sugar cookie taste you'll love this holiday season.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American, Italian
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 13 minutes
Total Time 28 minutes
Servings 35 cookies
Author Jessica @ swankyrecipes.com

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 sticks ( 3/4 cup ) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 4 large eggs
  • 3 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract ( could also use lemon extract or zest/juice )
  • 3 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

Glaze

  • 2 cups powdered confectioners' sugar
  • 2 tablespoons cold water
  • 2 teaspoons almond extract
  • Christmas sprinkles or jimmies

Instructions

  • In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, cornstarch, baking powder, and salt; set aside.
    In a bowl fit with a mixer, cream butter, and sugar on high until light and fluffy; about 5 minutes.
    Add eggs, one at a time, mixing until incorporated. Beat in vanilla and almond extract.
    Slowly add dry ingredients into wet ingredients. Beat until incorporated. 
    Cover bowl and refrigerate for at least 4 hours or overnight. 
    Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease baking sheets or line with parchment paper.
    Dough will be sticky. Use a cookie scoop to scoop dough onto baking sheets or simply use a tablespoon to scoop dough. If scoop gets sticky, dip it into a bowl of powdered sugar between scoops. Space cookies 1 inch apart. 
    Bake in oven for 13-15 minutes or until edges are slightly golden.
    Allow to cool. Transfer to a cooling rack. 
    In a medium bowl, combine powdered sugar, water, and almond extract. Whisk until smooth. 
    Use a spoon to add glaze to each cookie over a cookie rack. Top with sprinkles.
    Store in an airtight container.

 

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    LiLDipper
    12/23/2018 at 8:07 pm


    I had a feeling something wasn’t right when I got to adding 4 teaspoons of baking powder?? First thought: Biscuit. And that’s exactly what this turned out to be. A big puffed up biscuit. I’m sorry this is not a good recipe. The corn starch didn’t help. I tried to under bake, no help. Also your glaze is made with water instead of milk. After the first batch I knew this was all wrong. I wasted a lot of time on these during a busy day. (not to mention the ingredients) Terrible. I’m Italian, too, btw! This is not an Italian. A Biscuit maybe but not a cookie.

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    Analida Braeger
    12/27/2018 at 3:21 pm


    These look so simple, but special all at once. I like the pop of color from the funfetti sprinkles and the combination of vanilla and almond accents. Thanks for sharing!

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    Anne Lawton
    12/28/2018 at 2:42 pm


    These cookies are beautiful and not just for the holidays! I would make these any time of the year.

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    lauren
    12/28/2018 at 10:53 pm


    What a festive cookie for the holidays! These are so fun, I love the bright colors of the nonpariels. This will be a great cookie to make with the kids.

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    Sherri
    12/29/2018 at 9:36 am


    I just love Italian cookies and these look and sound incredible! So pretty and perfect for the holiday season! Love how colorful they are! 🙂

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    David
    12/29/2018 at 2:35 pm


    These look delicious and colorful for the holidays! So the Italian Christmas cookies are just a bit thicker than typical sugar cookies?

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    Tammy
    12/30/2018 at 2:49 pm


    Your cookies are so pretty and festive! They look perfectly soft…wish I had one right now 😀

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    Kiki Johnson
    12/30/2018 at 2:49 pm


    These look just like my grannie’s sugar cookies! They look so fun – kids would love these ! Saved for next year’s Christmas season!

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    Leslie Haasch
    12/30/2018 at 8:03 pm

    If you ask me, these have exactly the right amount of sprinkles!

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    Nicole
    12/31/2018 at 10:02 am

    You know what I love about cookies with a bunch of sprinkles? That little crunch from when you bite them. These looks so pretty!

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