Recipe: Italian Christmas Cookies

When it comes to Christmas cookies, Italians know best.

By: Antonella Bonesse, ISDA Contributor 


  • 2 eggs
  • 6 tbsp oil
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp anise extract
  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 pinch salt


  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp anise extract
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 3-4 Tbsp cream or milk


  1. Whisk together eggs, oil, sugar in a mixing bowl. Stir in flour, baking powder, and salt.
  2. Roll dough by tablespoonfuls into balls. Chill balls of dough for at least an hour, or freeze for 15-20 minutes. Place cold dough balls on cookie sheets lined with parchment paper.
  3. Bake at 350° for about 9-10  minutes, or till tops are set. Bottoms will be lightly browned, but tops should still be white. Remove cookies to cooling racks and cool completely.
  4. For glaze, combine all ingredients in a small bowl and whisk till smooth, adding enough cream to get a thin but creamy consistency.
  5. Dip tops of the cookies in the glaze, then top with sprinkles.
  6. To see how the cookies are made, watch Antonella’s YouTube channel here.


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