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Italian Christmas Cookies ~ these classic holiday cookies have a soft texture, a buttery flavor, and lots of festive frosting on top!


50 cookies

Total time

60 minutes






  • cookies
  • 4 eggs ((beaten))
  • ¾ cup canola oil
  • 1¼ cups sugar
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp lemon or anise extract
  • 4 tsp baking powder
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 4 cups flour
  • frosting
  • 3 tbsp butter (melted and cooled )
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 1¼ cup confectioners sugar
  • milk as needed
  • colored sprinkles and or colored sugar


  1. Set oven to 350F
  2. Beat together the eggs, oil, sugar, vanilla, and lemon or anise extract.
  3. Mix in the baking powder, salt, and flour until well combined.
  4. Roll dough into 1" balls and place about 2 inches apart on parchment lined cookie sheets.
  5. Bake 9 - 11 minutes (cookies should not brown).
  6. Place on wire rack to cool. Then frost and decorate as described below.
  7. To make the frosting, whisk together the butter and vanilla and then whisk in enough confectioners sugar to make a frosting. Add about a tablespoon of milk at a time until you get a drizzling consistency.
  8. Liberally drizzle over cookies and immediately sprinkle with colored sugar or sprinkles. Leave until frosting sets.
  9. View the recipe instructions at The View From the Great Island

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