Sunday, January 5, 2014

Italian Christmas Cookies

I saw a recipe for Italian Christmas Cookies floating around Facebook and decided to give them a shot.
The recipe/picture had the cookies in little tiny swirls, but after tasting them my husband and his brothers instantly agreed that they tasted like the "Italian biscuit cookies" they were used to.
yield: ~75 cookies

for cookies
4 eggs, room temperature
1C sugar
½C butter, room temperature
2 tsp vanilla
3 ½C flour
4 tsp baking powder

for glaze
2C powdered sugar
2 tsp vanilla
6 tsp water

  1. for cookies: Preheat oven to 375°.
  2. Sift dry ingredients.
  3. In a large bowl, or stand mixer, cream butter and sugar on medium high speed until combined.
  4. Beat in eggs and vanilla until well combined.
  5. Slowly add in dry ingredients, until just combined.
  6. Knead dough on a floured surface.
  7. Roll small pieces of dough into a thin log.
  8. Twirl log into a swirl shape.
  9. Place on greased cookie sheets (or Silpat).
  10. Bake for 10 minutes.
  11. Let cookies cool.
  12. for glaze: In a small bowl, whisk all ingredients until creamy.
  13. Dip cookies into icing.
  14. Sprinkle with trim (I used coarse sugar, but nonpareils would be better I think).
  15. Place cookies on wax paper to harden.
  16. Enjoy!

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