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Italian christmas Cookies Recipe

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Italian Christmas Cookies recipe

Dear readers, as the festive season approaches, nothing warms the heart more than the aroma of freshly baked cookies wafting through the home. Today, I’m beyond thrilled to share a cherished recipe that has brightened many a holiday table: Italian Christmas Cookies.

These are not just any cookies; they are a tender, rich testament to holiday cheer and family traditions. Every bite, rich with buttery goodness and a hint of vanilla, brings back memories of cozy family gatherings. I’m grateful to have you all here, sharing in these precious moments through delightful recipes!



  • 2 Eggs

Baking & Spices

  • 4 cups All-purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp Baking powder
  • 2 1/2 tsp Baking soda
  • 2 cups Sugar
  • 1 tbsp Vanilla extract


  • 1 cup Butter, softened
  • 1 15-ounce container Ricotta cheese

How to Make Italian Christmas Cookies

  1. Prep the Dough: In a large mixing bowl, cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add the eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition. Stir in the vanilla extract.
  2. Combine Dry Ingredients: In another bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, and baking soda.
  3. Mix it Up: Gradually add the dry ingredients to the wet mixture, mixing until just incorporated. Then, fold in the ricotta cheese until the dough is smooth.
  4. Chill: Cover the dough and chill in the refrigerator for at least an hour.
  5. Shape and Bake: Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C). Roll the dough into 1-inch balls and place them 2 inches apart on baking sheets lined with parchment paper. Bake for 8-10 minutes, or until the edges are golden.
  6. Cool: Remove from the oven and let cool on the baking sheet for a few minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.

Helpful Tips

  • Chilling is Key: The dough can be sticky, so chilling it makes handling much easier and helps in keeping the cookies beautifully puffed.
  • Uniform Balls: Use a small ice cream scoop or spoon to form uniform balls, ensuring even baking and a delightful presentation.


  • Gluten-Free: Swap the all-purpose flour for your favorite gluten-free blend to accommodate dietary restrictions.
  • Lemon Zest: Add a teaspoon of lemon zest to the dough for a fresh, citrusy twist.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Can I freeze the dough? A: Absolutely! Wrap it tightly in plastic wrap and it will keep for up to 3 months.

Q: Why did my cookies flatten? A: Make sure your baking soda and powder are fresh. Also, avoid overmixing the dough after adding flour.

Storage Instructions

Store these heavenly cookies in an airtight container at room temperature for up to a week or freeze for up to 3 months. They make perfect gifts or delightful treats for unexpected guests!

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Baking these Italian Christmas Cookies promises not just treats but memories. As you bite into these heavenly cookies, may your holidays be as sweet and filled with joy as each morsel of these festive delights. Happy baking, and happier holidays!

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Italian Christmas Cookies recipe

Italian christmas Cookies Recipe

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  • Author: Emma
  • Total Time: 1 hour 25 minutes
  • Yield: About 48 cookies 1x


Embrace the spirit of the holidays with Emma’s Italian Christmas Cookies, a family-loved recipe featuring buttery, vanilla-infused cookies with a touch of ricotta. Perfect for festive gatherings or a cozy night in, these cookies promise to fill your home with the scent of holiday cheer and create memorable moments.



4 cups all-purpose flour

1/2 tsp baking powder

2 1/2 tsp baking soda

2 cups sugar

1 tbsp vanilla extract

1 cup butter, softened

1 15-ounce container ricotta cheese

2 eggs


Cream butter and sugar until fluffy. Add eggs and vanilla, mixing well.

Whisk flour, baking powder, and baking soda. Gradually blend into wet ingredients. Fold in ricotta.

Chill dough for 1 hour. Preheat oven to 350°F (175°C).

Roll dough into balls, place on parchment-lined sheets. Bake 8-10 minutes until golden.

Let cool on sheets before moving to a rack.


Dough can be sticky; chilling it helps for easier handling.

Use a small scoop for uniform cookies.

Try adding lemon zest or swapping to gluten-free flour as variations.

  • Prep Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: Italian


  • Serving Size: 1 cookie
  • Calories: Approximately 100
  • Sugar: 4g
  • Sodium: 85mg
  • Fat: 5g
  • Saturated Fat: 3g
  • Unsaturated Fat: 1.5g
  • Trans Fat: 0g
  • Carbohydrates: 12g
  • Fiber: 0g
  • Protein: 2g
  • Cholesterol: 20mg

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