Italian Christmas Cookies are a delicious cake-like cookie with a hint of anise that will look fabulous on your holiday cookie trays.
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Day three of #ChristmasCookies week where more than 25 bloggers are sharing cookie recipes perfect for your holiday celebrations. Hosted by Ellen from Family Around the Table, Christie from A Kitchen Hoor’s Adventures and Heather from Hezzi-D’s Books and Cooks, we invite you to not only check out the recipes but enter the amazing giveaway. Follow the hashtag so you don’t miss a single one of them. There will also be a list at the end of the posts with links to that day’s recipes links.
I shared these White Chocolate Crinkle Cranberry Cookies on Monday and when I made them, they went super fast. I was even asked to make more immediately.
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I’m sharing a recipe that I really wish I would have posted years ago. I first had these Italian Christmas Cookies when I was a child and fell in love with the flavor of anise. It was about the same time I learned how to make Italian Pizzelle Cookies with my Dad. Those are memories I cherish. The first time I made Italian Christmas Cookies was a few years ago and all the memories of that first time eating them came flooding back. The recipe I have was given to me by a family member and recently found, just in time for this week!
As with my first recipe this week, White Chocolate Cranberry Crinkle Cookies, I used what I think is the best vanilla ever from Adams Best. Sweets & Treats Boutique sent the Christmas sprinkles I used for these cookies. They have amazing and super cute sprinkles, sugars, and more for nearly all holidays.
Of course, the cookies were baked on a gorgeous baking sheet from Anolon which is nonstick and has silicone grips.
How to Make Italian Christmas Cookies
As I usually like to do with baking recipes, gather your dry ingredients and combine them first. Grab a medium bowl and whisk together flour, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.
In the bowl of a stand mixer, combine butter and 1/2 cup powdered sugar and 1/2 cup granulated white sugar. Beat until creamy and smooth. Add in the eggs, vanilla, and anise extract; mix well.
Slowly add in your dry ingredients and incorporate after each addition.
Place dough in refrigerator for about an hour. Then it’s time to preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Roll dough into about one inch balls and place on a non-stick baking sheet. Press the dough balls down slightly and then bake for about 8-10 minutes.
Remove from oven and allow to cool on baking sheet for a couple of minutes before placing on wire rack to cool completely.
Once the cookies are cooled, prepare the glaze but whisking together the 2 cups powdered sugar, milk, and vanilla.
Dip the cookies into the glaze and then place back on wire rack. Add sprinkles to each cookie and allow glaze to harden.
Italian Christmas Cookies
- 3 cups flour
- 3/4 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 3/4 cup unsalted butter, softened
- 1/2 cup powdered sugar
- 1/2 cup granulated white sugar
- 3 eggs
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/2 teaspoon anise extract
For the Glaze
- 2 cups powdered sugar
- 2-3 tablespoons milk
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Christmas sprinkles
- As I usually like to do with baking recipes, gather your dry ingredients and combine them first. Grab a medium bowl and whisk together flour, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.
- In the bowl of a stand mixer, combine butter and 1/2 cup powdered sugar and 1/2 cup granulated white sugar. Beat until creamy and smooth. Add in the eggs, vanilla, and anise extract; mix well.
- Slowly add in your dry ingredients and incorporate after each addition.
- Place dough in refrigerator for about an hour.
- Then it's time to preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Roll dough into about one inch balls and place on a non-stick baking sheet. Press the dough balls down slightly and then bake for about 8-10 minutes.
- Remove from oven and allow to cool on baking sheet for a couple of minutes before placing on wire rack to cool completely.
- Once the cookies are cooled, prepare the glaze but whisking together the 2 cups powdered sugar, milk, and vanilla.
- Dip the cookies into the glaze and then place back on wire rack. Add sprinkles to each cookie and allow glaze to harden.
Other Christmas Cookie Recipes You May Enjoy
Easy Red Velvet Crinkle Cookies
Festive Chocolate Chip Christmas Cookies
Eggnog Blossom Cookies
Soft and Chewy Cranberry White Chocolate Chip Cookies
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Prize 3: A Set of Baking Pans from Anolon
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Wendy Klik says
These cookies certainly look festive and gorgeous. Perfect addition to a cookie platter.
A childhood favorite that I definitely need to make soon!
I bet that little pop of anise really puts these cookies over the top!
Mary Ann says
My daughter’s favorite Ginger Cookies. A simple recipe that has you mix all the ingredients at once. Makes a ton also for sharing.
Paul Edward Montador says
My favorite to bake a Gingerbread Cookies, being Scottish we are not big on the types of cookies over here in The USA, but the more traditional Gingerbread, etc..
Gwynn Galvin says
These are just like the cookies my grandma made for the holidays. I need to make these!
Colleen - Faith, Hope, Love, & Luck says
A little glaze and some sprinkles…that’s what the holidays are all about!
What a nice switch from chocolate!
Inger @ Art of Natural Liivng says
Back when I had people working on Christmas Eve/Day i used to send Italian cookies as a token of thanks. I totally need to try them myself.
Jennifer Stewart says
These bring back childhood memories. I really like how festive you made them!
My Sicilian neighbor used to make these. I am totally making some this Christmas. I miss her and her spunk!