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 (


  • 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


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


  • 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.