Italian Christmas Cookies

Photo by Lisa P.

PREP TIME

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minutes

TOTAL TIME

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minutes

SERVINGS

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84

PREP TIME

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minutes

TOTAL TIME

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minutes

SERVINGS

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servings

Ingredients

  • If you are looking for easy cookie recipes, this little Italian cookie is it! The one thing I really like about this recipe, is that this cookie is not TOO sweet.

  • Ingredients

  • 1/2

    cup butter, softened

  • 3/4

    cup white sugar

  • 4

    eggs

  • 1-teaspoon lemon juice

  • 1-teaspoon lemon zest

  • 1

    teaspoons vanilla extract

  • 3

    cups all-purpose flour

  • 3

    teaspoons baking powder

  • Glaze:

  • 3-3/4

    cups confectioners sugar

  • 1/2

    cup warm milk

  • 1

    teaspoon lemon juice

  • 1

    teaspoon vanilla extract

Directions

Before you begin adding ingredients, remove your eggs from the refrigerator to allow them to come to room temperature (about 20-30 minutes). Beating your eggs at room temperature will help them whip up to a greater volume. This will help your cookies be light and airy. Using a heavy-duty mixer, beat your eggs for about 5 minutes, until they are light and foamy, and then set them aside. Next, combine the flour, sugar, and baking powder on low speed. Gradually beat in your butter and vanilla extract. Mix until your flour mixture resembles find crumbs. Next, gradually add your eggs. Roll your dough into 1/2" balls. (These little guys will expand during baking!) Your dough will be sticky, but that is what keeps the cookies from cracking during baking. Bake your cookies at 350 degrees, for about 9-10 minutes. Meanwhile, in a small bowl, combine the confectioners sugar, milk,lemon juice and vanilla extract until smooth. As soon as cookies are removed from the oven, you want to place your cookies on a cooling rack. Now, the fun part of baking: the decorating! While the cookies are still on the cooling rack, use a spoon to pour the glaze over the cookie. Next, before the glaze hardens, apply your sprinkles. **I dipped cookie into bowl of glaze, this worked best. Dries fast

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