Christmas Italian Recipe Italian Cookies Recipe


There is nothing like genuine homemade Itailan Knot Cookies.

They are like a little taste of love all wrapped in one small bite.

These are a soft, moist and crumbly cookie with a citrus flavor that gives them a delicate fresh balance.


  • 5 Eggs
  • 5 teaspoons of baking powder
  • 5 tablespoons of sugar
  • 5 large tablespoons of Crisco
  • 2 1/2 cups of all purpose unbleached flour (may have to use more depending on dough/for medium dough, softened)
  • Lemon Zest of one lemon
  • pinch of salt
  • juice of 2 lemons
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar


  1. Mix in bowl, eggs, sugar, Crisco and lemon zest.
  2. Mix together and blend baking powder, flour and a pinch of salt with eggs, sugar and Crisco. Form quarter sized balls of dough. Put dough on board and roll long thin strips.
  3. Take strip and put it around your fingers to form a rope and twist into a simple knot shape (tuck the ends under)
  4. Bake at 350 degrees on lightly greased or non-stick baking sheet for 14-20 minutes.
  1. Mix until smooth Dip cooled cookies into glaze Place on rack and dust with rainbow sprinkles.

If you want different colored cookies, just add a few drops of food coloring to the icing.



Photo: Roxanna Salceda / CC BY-SA

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