Italian Christmas Cookies recipe

Emma

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Italian Christmas Cookies recipe

Italian Christmas Cookies recipe are soft, buttery, fluffy, and they melt in your mouth with their delightful sweetness. These delectable treats, flavored with a hint of vanilla and adorned with a sweet glaze, are the perfect addition to your holiday festivities. Whether it’s a cookie exchange, a festive party, or simply a fun occasion, these cookies will be a crowd-pleaser.

Ingredients

What You’ll Need:

  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 15-ounce container ricotta cheese
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract

Almond Glaze:

  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 2-4 tablespoons milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract

Directions

How to Make Italian Christmas Cookies

  • Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Begin by adding the softened butter and sugar to the bowl of a stand mixer. Beat until the mixture becomes fluffy with the paddle attachment.

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  • Incorporate the ricotta cheese, eggs, and vanilla into the mixture, continuing to mix until everything is well combined.
  • In a separate medium-sized bowl, whisk together the all-purpose flour, baking soda, and baking powder. Gradually add this dry mixture to the wet ingredients and beat them together until fully incorporated.
  • Use a teaspoon to scoop the dough and roll it into balls. Place these dough balls on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Bake for 8-10 minutes or until the cookies are just set. Once done, transfer them onto a wire rack to cool.

Making the Glaze

  1. In a small bowl, whisk together the powdered sugar, milk, and almond extract until you achieve the desired glaze consistency. For a personal touch, dip the top of each cookie into the glaze and let them set on parchment paper. While the glaze is still wet, sprinkle the Italian Christmas cookies with your choice of festive sprinkles.

Notes

Tips and Variations

  • When adding milk to the glaze, do so slowly, one tablespoon at a time, until you reach your preferred consistency.
  • Customize the cookie sprinkles to match the holiday or occasion. Consider black and orange for Halloween, or pink and blue for a baby shower. These cookies are suitable for any time of the year.
  • Experiment with flavorings by swapping out the vanilla extract for alternatives like peppermint, almond, coconut, or any other flavor of your choice. You can also enhance the icing with complementary flavors like orange or cocoa.
  • Avoid overbaking the cookies; they should not turn brown on top to maintain their softness.
  • For best results, glaze the cookies while they are slightly warm, allowing the glaze to seep into the cookies. Decorate with sprinkles immediately after glazing to ensure they stick.
  • If you have one, use a cookie scoop to ensure uniform cookie sizes, making the baking process more manageable.
Italian Christmas Cookies

Nutrition

  • Calories: 164kcal
  • Carbohydrates: 22g
  • Protein: 4g
  • Fat: 7g
  • Saturated Fat: 4g
  • Cholesterol: 34mg
  • Sodium: 79mg
  • Potassium: 46mg
  • Fiber: 1g
  • Sugar: 13g
  • Vitamin A: 222IU
  • Calcium: 49mg
  • Iron: 1mg

Conclusion

These Sweet Italian Christmas Cookies are a delightful addition to your holiday dessert platter. Their soft, buttery texture and sweet glaze make them a crowd-pleaser at any festive gathering. Don’t miss the chance to indulge in these mouthwatering treats during the holiday season.


If you’re craving more holiday treats, you should definitely check out these delightful Christmas Oreo Truffles. They’re a perfect addition to your festive dessert platter.

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Italian Christmas Cookies recipe

Italian Christmas Cookies recipe

A delightful recipe for Italian Christmas Cookies that are soft, buttery, and perfect for the holiday season.

  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 24 Cookies 1x

Ingredients

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Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Begin by adding the softened butter and sugar to the bowl of a stand mixer. Beat until the mixture becomes fluffy with the paddle attachment.
  2. Incorporate the ricotta cheese, eggs, and vanilla into the mixture, continuing to mix until everything is well combined.
  3. In a separate medium-sized bowl, whisk together the all-purpose flour, baking soda, and baking powder. Gradually add this dry mixture to the wet ingredients and beat them together until fully incorporated.
  4. Use a teaspoon to scoop the dough and roll it into balls. Place these dough balls on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Bake for 8-10 minutes or until the cookies are just set. Once done, transfer them onto a wire rack to cool.

Notes

  • When adding milk to the glaze, do so slowly, one tablespoon at a time, until you reach your preferred consistency.
  • Customize the cookie sprinkles to match the holiday or occasion. Consider black and orange for Halloween, or pink and blue for a baby shower. These cookies are suitable for any time of the year.
  • Experiment with flavorings by swapping out the vanilla extract for alternatives like peppermint, almond, coconut, or any other flavor of your choice. You can also enhance the icing with complementary flavors like orange or cocoa.
  • Avoid overbaking the cookies; they should not turn brown on top to maintain their softness.
  • For best results, glaze the cookies while they are slightly warm, allowing the glaze to seep into the cookies. Decorate with sprinkles immediately after glazing to ensure they stick.
  • Author: Emma
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: Italian, Italian American

Nutrition

  • Calories: 164kcal
  • Sugar: 13g
  • Sodium: 79mg
  • Fat: 7g
  • Saturated Fat: 4g
  • Fiber: 1g
  • Protein: 4g
  • Cholesterol: 34mg

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