Italian Christmas Cookies | Swanky Recipes (2024)

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Quick and easy, 10-ingredientItalian Christmas Cookies. These cookies will rival your classic sugar cookie recipe that’s been passed down from generation to generation. These cookies are soft, fluffy, and have a buttery-rich sugar cookie flavor.

It’s the start of the holiday season and now is the best time to make a list of Christmas cookies and desserts to make for family parties. Sweet treats like cookies, dessert bars, brownies, and holiday candy regularly make an appearance on our table.

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In just a few days, it will be December. This time of year always goes by quickly with Christmas parties, gift exchanges, and holiday work parties. In between shopping and gift wrapping, I like to bake. I always start the season off on Thanksgiving Day where I start planning and baking cookies and fudge for the Christmas season. This season, I’m all about these Italian Christmas Sugar Cookies.

Perhaps the best part of making these easy sugar cookies is that the dough doesn’t need to be rolled out on a floured surface. During the holiday season, I don’t always have the counter space to do that and sometimes I like to pack up all the ingredients and head to a friends house where they don’t the room to roll out cookies. Well these cookies just need time to chill in the refrigerator and that’s totally okay with me while I enjoy a glass of wine with my friend.

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I’m a huge cookie fan. Everyone that knows me, knows that I love to bakecookies. Baking cookies is therapeutic for me and ithelps to relieve a lot of stress. Other times, I’m simply craving a sweet dessert and cookies are it for me.

It’s been a family tradition since I can remember to bake Christmas cookies throughout the holiday season. I always start with the classics like Strawberry Thumbprint Cookies,Pecan Snowballs, Peanut Butter Blossoms, and Crinkle Cookies, however, I like to try new recipes like these Gingerbread Thumbprint Cookies. I’ll also adapt old favorites and introduce them during holiday cookie parties.

This year, I’ll be shipping my a variety of Christmas cookies off to family and friends. We love to do a holiday cookie exchange and these cookies always make the cut.

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The secret to creating bakery style sugar cookies is to add vanilla and almond extract. Almond extract is used to give cakebatter desserts their flavor and it makes these cookies a go-to Nonna approved Christmas cookie recipe this holiday season.

If you’re looking to add more flavor to these cookies, try experimenting with different extracts and citrus zest. Almond extract is my go-to flavor enhancer when flavoring cookies and cakes as it adds a “cake batter” flavor I remember and loved growing up.

More flavor ideas include peppermint, lemon, caramel, maple, and anise extract flavorings.

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Italian Christmas Cookies are classic sugar cookies. The baking powder in the recipe allows the cookies to rise with heat and they stay set throughout cooling. One bite of this Christmas cookie recipe and it will quickly become a favorite. It will even make the Christmas cookie list year after year.

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Italian Christmas Cookies

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The best quick and easy 10 ingredient sugar cookie recipe for Christmas. These Italian Christmas Cookies are soft and have a classic sugar cookie taste you’ll love this holiday season.

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Prep Time 15 minutes mins

Cook Time 13 minutes mins

Total Time 28 minutes mins


  • ¾ cup unsalted butter, at room temperature 1½ sticks
  • 1⅓ cup granulated sugar
  • 4 large eggs
  • 3 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp almond extract could also use lemon extract or zest/juice
  • cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 tbsp cornstarch
  • 4 tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp salt


  • 2 cups powdered confectioners’ sugar
  • 2 tbsp cold water
  • 2 tsp almond extract
  • Christmas sprinkles or jimmies


  • In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, cornstarch, baking powder, and salt; set aside.

  • In a bowl fit with a mixer, cream butter, and sugar on high untillight and fluffy; about 5 minutes.

  • Add eggs, one at a time, mixing until incorporated. Beat in vanilla and almond extract.

  • Slowly add dry ingredients into wet ingredients. Beat until incorporated.

  • Cover bowl and refrigerate for at least 4 hours or overnight.

  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease baking sheets or line with parchment paper.

  • Dough will be sticky. Use a cookie scoop to scoop dough onto baking sheets or simply use a tablespoon to scoop dough. TIP: If scoop gets sticky, dip it into a bowl of powdered sugar between scoops. Space cookies 1 inch apart.

  • Bake in oven for 13-15 minutes or until edges are slightly golden.

  • Allow to cool. Transfer to a cooling rack.

    TIP: Pat the tops of the cookies after baking with a flat spatula to decrease the puffiness if desired. This makes it easier to frost and sprinkle.

  • In a medium bowl, combine powdered sugar, water, and almond extract. Whisk until smooth.

  • Use a spoon to add glaze to each cookie over a cookie rack. Top with sprinkles.


Calories: 151kcalCarbohydrates: 25gProtein: 2gFat: 5gSaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 32mgSodium: 43mgPotassium: 81mgFiber: 1gSugar: 14gVitamin A: 152IUCalcium: 31mgIron: 1mg

Nutritional information is only an estimate and it’s accuracy is not guaranteed to be exact.

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20 Responses

  1. Can these cookies be made ahead and froze?


    1. Yes, these Italian Christmas Cookies can be made ahead of time and frozen. To freeze them, first ensure they are completely cooled after baking. Then, place them in a single layer on a baking sheet and freeze until solid. Once they are frozen, transfer the cookies to airtight containers or freezer-safe bags, separating layers with parchment paper to prevent sticking. They can typically be stored in the freezer for up to 2-3 months. For best results, thaw the cookies at room temperature before serving. If you’ve already applied the glaze and sprinkles, be cautious as freezing might slightly alter their texture and appearance.


  2. How many cookies does this recipe make? Thank you.


    1. Hello Cathy, this Italian Christmas Cookies recipe yields approximately 35 cookies. Enjoy baking!


  3. Italian Christmas Cookies | Swanky Recipes (8)
    This cookie is simply delicious! I flattened them as you suggested, Not one complaint and I plan on making these cookies every Christmas. Thank you for sharing!


  4. Italian Christmas Cookies | Swanky Recipes (9)
    These are lovely! Mine turned out a little taller and rounder then yours but they have a really nice light taste and texture to them. Thank you for sharing! I’m looking forward to sharing them with the family.


    1. Glad you enjoy them as much as I do! They are a keeper!


  5. on your italian christmas cookies how do you get the to bake flat mine were dome sharp did you flatten before baking


    1. Give the tops a gentle pat flat with a spatula once they are out of the oven and still warm.


  6. I’m so sorry you didn’t like them!


  7. You know what I love about cookies with a bunch of sprinkles? That little crunch from when you bite them. These looks so pretty!


  8. If you ask me, these have exactly the right amount of sprinkles!


  9. Italian Christmas Cookies | Swanky Recipes (10)
    These look just like my grannie’s sugar cookies! They look so fun – kids would love these ! Saved for next year’s Christmas season!


  10. Italian Christmas Cookies | Swanky Recipes (11)
    Your cookies are so pretty and festive! They look perfectly soft…wish I had one right now 😀


  11. Italian Christmas Cookies | Swanky Recipes (12)
    These look delicious and colorful for the holidays! So the Italian Christmas cookies are just a bit thicker than typical sugar cookies?


    1. Yes they are.


  12. Italian Christmas Cookies | Swanky Recipes (13)
    I just love Italian cookies and these look and sound incredible! So pretty and perfect for the holiday season! Love how colorful they are! 🙂


  13. Italian Christmas Cookies | Swanky Recipes (14)
    What a festive cookie for the holidays! These are so fun, I love the bright colors of the nonpariels. This will be a great cookie to make with the kids.


  14. Italian Christmas Cookies | Swanky Recipes (15)
    These cookies are beautiful and not just for the holidays! I would make these any time of the year.


  15. Italian Christmas Cookies | Swanky Recipes (16)
    These look so simple, but special all at once. I like the pop of color from the funfetti sprinkles and the combination of vanilla and almond accents. Thanks for sharing!


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