Italian Christmas Cookies piled on top of each other, with Christmas decorations at the back

Italian Christmas Cookies

Our Classic Italian Christmas Cookies are buttery, tender, cakey and not too sweet. Bakery quality- Nonna approved. Gorgeous on your Christmas cookie tray!
Course Dessert
Cuisine Italian
Keyword How Do I Make Italian Christmas Cookies, How To Make Italian Christmas Cookies, Italian Christmas Cookies, Italian Christmas Cookies Recipe
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 50 Cookies
Calories 104kcal
Author Kathleen



  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup whole milk
  • 2 large eggs lightly beaten
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 3/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 tablespoon almond extract


  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons almond extract
  • 1 tablespoon hot water more as needed


  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Line baking sheets with silicone baking mats or parchment paper.
  • Whisk together flour, baking powder, and sugar until combined. Make a well in the center and add oil, milk 1 tablespoon almond extract, and eggs. Using a sturdy wooden spoon, mix together until all ingredients are incorporated and smooth.
  • Using a small cookie scoop, scoop up a one inch ball of dough, and place on prepared¬†cookie sheet, with 1 inch between cookies. Slightly flatten tops. Bake for 8-10 minutes in preheated oven until cookies are cooked. They will not brown.
  • Meanwhile, make, glaze. In a small mixing bowl, whisk together powdered sugar, almond extract, and 1 tablespoon of hot water until smooth. Glaze should remain thick like the consistency of molasses.
  • Place a wire baking rack over a rimmed cookie sheet. Dip warm cookies in glaze, then set on wire rack, then sprinkle immediately, while glaze is still wet with the nonpareils. Allow to cool complete¬†on rack.


Serving: 1/50 of the recipe | Calories: 104kcal | Carbohydrates: 16g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 6mg | Sodium: 4mg | Potassium: 40mg | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 15IU | Calcium: 16mg | Iron: 0.5mg