Italian Christmas Cookies


Italian Christmas Cookies

Italian Christmas Cookies
36 (about 3 dozen)
12 Min

What's a cookie platter or exchange without a few Italian Christmas Cookies? Well, you'll be all set with these easy-to-make, fun-to-decorate, everybody-loves 'em favorites.

What You'll Need

  • 5 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 5 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 cup milk
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 teaspoon lemon or almond extract
  • 2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
  • 2 eggs

  • Glaze
  • 3 cups sifted confectioners' sugar
  • 4 tablespoons milk

  • Rainbow sprinkles and decorating sugar for topping (optional)

What to Do

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degree F. Coat baking sheets with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. In a large bowl, combine flour, granulated sugar, baking powder, oil, milk, salt, extract, lemon juice, and eggs. Roll dough into 1-inch balls and place on prepared baking sheets.
  3. Bake 12 to 15 minutes, until cookies are set but not brown. Let sit 5 minutes then transfer to wire rack to cool completely.
  4. In a medium bowl, combine glaze ingredients and stir until smooth.
  5. Dip tops of cooled cookies in glaze and place on wire rack then immediately decorate as desired.

Makes about 3 dozen cookies.


  • If you want to decorate your cookies with multiple colors, separate glaze into smaller bowls and mix in food colors one drop at a time until reaching desired colors. If you want to add a flavor to your glaze, add a drop of your favorite extract.

  • Italian Christmas Cookies are so cute when decorated, which is why they make great gifts any time of the year. Wrap a few in a pretty gift bag and pass 'em out to your loved ones or sale them at a bake sale. You can even send them in the mail with these tips on how to mail & store cookies.

  • Even though these are called Italian Christmas Cookies, we love to make them year-round. They're great for Easter, potlucks, and birthday parties. 

  • Looking for more Christmas cookie recipes? Then be sure to check out our Christmas Cookie Countdown with 25 different cookie recipes. 

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Nutritional InformationShow More

Servings Per Recipe: 36

  • Amount Per Serving % Daily Value *
  • Calories 179
  • Calories from Fat 60
  • Total Fat 6.7g 10 %
  • Saturated Fat 1.0g 5 %
  • Trans Fat 0.0g 0 %
  • Protein 2.4g 5 %
  • Amount Per Serving % Daily Value *
  • Cholesterol 11mg 4 %
  • Sodium 76mg 3 %
  • Total Carbohydrates 28g 9 %
  • Dietary Fiber 0.5g 2 %
  • Sugars 14g 0 %

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Does 5 cups flour really only make 3 dozen cookies?

Hi there! That is the correct amount of flour for this recipe. :)

I made a batch of these and the dough was way too wet to roll so I came back to the site to see if I had made a mistake on the amount of oil or milk or to see if the recipe had been modified. Anyway, I added another cup of flour and 1/3 cup of sugar and it was still not rollable. I used a small cookie scoop with the squeeze release and was able to drop the dough on the pans. They cooked up well and tasted fine with frosting that I also added 2 Tsp of lemon juice.

These are not a cookie cutter type cookie, you roll the little ball of dough in your hand then put on cookie sheet.

Can I use Soy milk instead of regular milk?

Can I make and freeze these cookies? I am going to make them for the teachers at school as a Christmas gift. I love how festive they look, and will be delicious! Should I freeze before I glaze and decorate them? Thank you.

I make these all the time, especially for weddings. Freeze them before you glaze and decorate.

You can freeze these frosted. I do it all the time. I have a very similar recipe from my Italian Grandmother.


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