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A pile of Italian Christmas Cookies, with Christmas decors at the back

Italian Christmas Cookies

Our Classic Italian Christmas Cookies are 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


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


  • rainbow nonpareil sprinkles


  • 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 the prepared cookie sheet, with 1 inch between cookies. Slightly flatten tops. Bake for 8-10 minutes in the 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 hot water until smooth. The 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 a wire rack and allow to cool. Dip cookies in glaze a second time then sprinkle with rainbow nonpareil sprinkles immediately, while glaze is still wet. Allow to set completely on the rack.


  • Do not overbake. The tops should not brown.
  • Add the water into the glaze mixture slowly. If the glaze gets too thin it won’t be white.
  • I don't suggest using flavoring oils instead of extracts.


Serving: 1cookie | 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