Italian Cookies Recipe

How to make Christmas Almond cookies

From my Grandma’s memories, the old fashioned Italian Christmas Almond cookies.

Easy simple and delicious Italian soft almond cookies recipe!!!


almond cookies



  • ½ cup butter, softened
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 2 tsp almond extract
  • 2 ½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 Tbsp baking powder
  • 2-3 Tbsp milk


  • 2 cups confectioner’s sugar
  • 3 Tbsp milk
  • 1/2 tsp almond extract
  • Sprinkles



Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line cookie sheets with parchment paper or non-stick liners

For Cookies:

  1. Cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy, about 5 minutes.
  2. Add eggs one at a time, mixing after each addition. Add almond extract.
  3. Blend flour and baking powder. Start by adding a third of the dry ingredients to the butter/sugar mixture, then add 1 Tbsp milk.
  4. Add another third of the flour mixture and another tablespoon of milk..
  5. Finally, mix in enough of the remaining flour mixture until your dough is like a brownie batter (it should be softer than a drop cookie dough).
  6. Use a small cookie scooper to make simple round drop cookies–use wet fingers to pat any rough edges.
  7. Bake cookies 10-12 minutes–they won’t be brown but the insides will be soft and cake like.

For Icing:

  1. Mix sugar, milk and extract to make a sugar glaze.
  2. Hold cookie in your hand and paint with finger–cover entire cookie with glaze and sit on a baking rack with wax paper underneath to catch any drippings. Immediately top with sprinkles before glaze dries.
  3. Allow icing to harden overnight; then store in air tight containers or freeze.
  4. These freeze well!

NOTES:  You can use anisette instead of almond extract in these cookies.  Substitute the almond extract to anisette extract in the cookie, and cut the amount of anisette to 1/8- 1/4 tsp. anisette flavoring in the glaze



Buon Mangiata!


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