Unwrap the Magic: Bake Your Way to Bliss with Irresistible Italian Christmas Cookies!

Ridley's Wreckage

These little bites of joy are the epitome of all things wonderful in the cookie universe—a soft and sweet cake-like treat adorned with heavenly icing and festive sprinkles. The best part? You probably have all the ingredients right in your kitchen, just waiting to be transformed into a batch of homemade Italian Christmas cookies! These cookies make a delightful solo gift for your neighbors or coworkers or as the star attraction on a Christmas platter.

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  • Your butter needs to be room temperature. It should be soft enough to easily stir. You don't want it to melt.
  • Make sure you don't overmix the dough. If you do, you will end up with tough cookies.
  • Chill the dough; this will help meld the flavors and keep the dough from spreading.
  • Spray some nonstick spray on your hands if your dough is too sticky to work with.
  • Be careful not to overbake the cookies; bake until barely light brown on the bottom.
  • Your Italian Christmas cookies need to be completely cooled prior to icing; otherwise, if still warm, the cookies will absorb the icing.
  • Keep your cookie dough in the fridge (between batches in the oven); that way, it stays cold prior to baking or handling.
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Mix it up with some variations:

  • Use different extracts, like vanilla, anise, or lemon. You can use it in the cookies and in the glaze.
  • Use different types, colors, and shapes of sprinkles that are non-perils for the top.
  • You can top with crushed candy canes.


  • 2 1/4 C. flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1/2 C. granulated sugar
  • 1 stick of butter, room temperature
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons almond extract


  • 2 C. confectionary sugar
  • 2-3 tablespoons of milk or half and half
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract
  • nonpareill sprinkles, crushed candy, etc.
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For the cookies

  • Line your cookie sheets with parchment paper and place them to the side.
  • Using a small bowl and a whisk, mix the baking powder and flour. Set to the side.
  • Using a hand mixer or stand mixer, add your butter and beat until light in color and of a fluffy consistency.
  • Next, add your eggs, granulated sugar, and almond extract, and mix. Your batter will be chunky.
  • Now add your flour and baking powder mixture and combine until just mixed; do not overmix the batter.
  • Add your dough to the fridge for an hour.
  • Use a small cookie scoop (tablespoon) and roll into balls. Your dough will be sticky.
  • Add your dough balls to your parchment-lined cookie sheets, 1" apart.
  • Add your cookies to a preheated 350°F oven. Bake for 8–10 minutes. Don't overbake, or they won't be moist.
  • Make sure your cookies are completely cool prior to icing.

For the icing

  • Add your powdered sugar to a medium-sized bowl.
  • 1 tablespoon at a time, mix into your powdered sugar until a thick glaze forms. Then add your extract.
  • Line a baking sheet with parchment paper, then add a cooling rack on top of the baking sheet.
  • Then dip your cookies. I like to hang on to the cookies upside down and dip them in your glaze. You could also spoon glaze over the top.
  • Flip the right side up and add to the cooling rack. This allows your excess glaze to drip off onto your parchment-covered (easy cleanup) cookie sheet.
  • While your icing is still wet, add your decorations over the top.

Enjoy, friends! ❤️

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