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Italian Christmas Cookies

Easy Italian Christmas Cookies with sweet glazed icing and festive holiday sprinkles. This classic sugar cookie bakes up soft and tastes just like traditional rolled Christmas sugar cookies our family bakes every year for Christmas.
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.

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

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. Sweet treats like cookies, dessert bars, brownies, and holiday candy regularly make an appearance on our table.

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 goes by quickly with Christmas parties, gift exchanges, and holiday work parties. In between shopping and gift wrapping, I like to bake. I always start the season off on Thanksgiving Day where I start planning and baking 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 - Italian Christmas cookies stacked in 4. Glazed in a white frosting with little rainbow color pearl sprinkles coating the top. Text in center reads italian christmas (outrageous cookie flavor) cookies. Second image is the same 4 cookies stacked on burlap, iced and with sprinkles with a bite taken out of the first cookie.

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 Sugar Cookies

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.
4.62 from 13 votes
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 13 minutes
Total Time 28 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine American, Italian
Servings 35 cookies
Calories 151 kcal

Ingredients
 
 

  • ¾ cup unsalted butter, at room temperature 1½ sticks
  • 1⅓ cup granulated sugar
  • 4 large eggs
  • 3 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp almond extract could also use lemon extract or zest/juice
  • cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 tbsp cornstarch
  • 4 tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp salt

Glaze

  • 2 cups powdered confectioners’ sugar
  • 2 tbsp cold water
  • 2 tsp 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°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. TIP: 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. 
    TIP: Pat the tops of the cookies after baking with a flat spatula to decrease the puffiness if desired. This makes it easier to frost and sprinkle.
  • 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.

Nutrition

Calories: 151kcalCarbohydrates: 25gProtein: 2gFat: 5gSaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 32mgSodium: 43mgPotassium: 81mgFiber: 1gSugar: 14gVitamin A: 152IUCalcium: 31mgIron: 1mg

Nutritional information is only an estimate and it’s accuracy is not guaranteed to be exact.

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20 Responses

    1. Yes, these Italian Christmas Cookies can be made ahead of time and frozen. To freeze them, first ensure they are completely cooled after baking. Then, place them in a single layer on a baking sheet and freeze until solid. Once they are frozen, transfer the cookies to airtight containers or freezer-safe bags, separating layers with parchment paper to prevent sticking. They can typically be stored in the freezer for up to 2-3 months. For best results, thaw the cookies at room temperature before serving. If you’ve already applied the glaze and sprinkles, be cautious as freezing might slightly alter their texture and appearance.

  1. 5 stars
    This cookie is simply delicious! I flattened them as you suggested, Not one complaint and I plan on making these cookies every Christmas. Thank you for sharing!

  2. 5 stars
    These are lovely! Mine turned out a little taller and rounder then yours but they have a really nice light taste and texture to them. Thank you for sharing! I’m looking forward to sharing them with the family.

  3. 5 stars
    I just love Italian cookies and these look and sound incredible! So pretty and perfect for the holiday season! Love how colorful they are! 🙂

  4. 5 stars
    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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