Christmas Italian Recipe Italian Cookies Recipe

The Christmas Sprinkle Cookies

The Christmas Sprinkle Cookies. These are so easy and so good. They’re a staple at any get-together in my family.

What I love most about this recipe is that it makes a LOT of cookies—well over 100—and they keep very well stored airtight.

Another plus-they can be frozen-glaze and all….they do beautifully!


SERVING: Makes 36 cookies



  • ½ cups Butter Or Margarine
  • ¼ cups Vegetable Shortening
  • ¾ cups Granulated Sugar
  • 4 whole Eggs
  • 2 teaspoons Anise Extract (can Use Vanilla Or Lemon Extract Instead)
  • 3 cups All-purpose Flour
  • 5 teaspoons Baking Powder
  • ½ teaspoons Salt



  • 2 cups Confectioners Sugar (Sifted)
  • 2 Tablespoons (Up To 4 Tbsp.) Milk



For the cookies:

  1. Melt butter and shortening together.
  2. Add the sugar; mix well.
  3. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition.
  4. Mix in the anise extract.
  5. Sift or whisk together flour, baking powder and salt.
  6. Add to creamed mixture gradually.
  7. If the dough is too sticky to roll in the palm of your hand, add flour until firmer, but the dough should still be very soft.
  8. Roll dough in small balls (these tend to REALLY puff up with all the baking powder in them!) and place on ungreased cookie sheets.
  9. Bake at 375 degrees for 8-10 minutes (the bottom should be lightly browned but the tops should remain light).
  10. Remove cookies to wire rack and cool completely before glazing.

For the glaze:

  1. Mix milk gradually into confectioner’s sugar to make a thick glaze… make sure to keep it on the thick side.
  2. Dip top of each cookie into glaze.
  3. Sprinkle with colored jimmies or nonpareils while glaze is still wet. (I usually dip 10-12 cookies, return them to the wire rack (with wax paper under the racks to aid in clean up!) and then sprinkle those cookies before starting to dip more.)
  4. Makes a lot of cookies, depending on how large you roll them.
  5. I usually roll the dough into 1/2- 3/4-inch balls. I get about 100 cookies from one batch when I roll them this size.


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