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Italian Christmas Cookies


Satisfy your holiday sweet tooth with melt-in-your-mouth Italian Christmas cookies! They’re easy to make and extra fun when you add sprinkles!

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  • Cookies:
  • 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)


Servings 36
Cooking time 12mins
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Step 1

Preheat oven to 350°F.

Coat baking sheets with nonstick cooking spray and set aside.

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.

Bake 12 to 15 minutes, until cookies are set but not brown.

Let sit 5 minutes then transfer to wire rack to cool completely.

In a medium bowl, combine confectioners' sugar and milk and stir until smooth.

Dip tops of cooled cookies in glaze and place on wire rack. Sprinkle with toppings, if desired.

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. Add a drop of your favorite extract to add flavor to your glaze, if desired.

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