Homemade Italian Cookies Recipe – Your Grandma’s Italian Wedding Cookies

Italian wedding cookies are dipped in a creamy icing glaze and are a traditional holiday cookie brought out around Christmas by most grandmas. Topped with sprinkles and made with love, their taste feels just like home.

italian wedding cookies

What are Italian Cookies? They are made with a mixture of almond extract, flour, sugar, and eggs while topped with icing glaze and rainbow nonpareil sprinkles.

  • 2 eggs
  • 6 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
ingredients for italian cookies

If you don’t like almond extract, you can substitute out this ingredient for vanilla which will soften the flavor. However, traditionally, Italian cookies are made with almond extra.

Icing Ingredients:

  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 3 tablespoons milk
  • rainbow nonpareil sprinkles

How Do You Make Italian Wedding Cookies?

Whisk together eggs, oil, sugar and vanilla. Add flour, baking powder and salt and mix until blended. 

scoop cookies for christmas

Using tablespoon portion scoop, scoop dough into balls and roll in your hands until smooth. Place onto a baking sheet or cutting board covered with wax paper.

bake your italian wedding cookies

Refrigerate for 30 minutes.

Preheat oven to 350 and place cookies, 2″ apart on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake for 9 minutes. Let set on baking sheet for 2 minutes before removing cookies from the baking sheet and setting them on a cooling rack to cool completely. 

glaze for italian christmas dessert

Once cookies are completely cooled, mix together icing and frost.  Add powdered sugar, vanilla, and milk to a bowl and mix well until icing forms. The icing is somewhat thick so it doesn’t just roll right off the cookie. 

italian christmas cookies

Dredge cookies, upside down into the icing and place onto a baking sheet. Sprinkle with rainbow nonpareil sprinkles. Repeat until all cookies are frosted. Let set for the icing to harden.  Store covered. Makes 30 cookies. 

italian cookies

Are you ready to try these soft, almond flavored cookies?

Decorate These Italian Christmas Cookies

Ready for a nice spin on a traditional Italian cookie classic? Instead of using rainbow sprinkles, opt for red and green sprinkles instead and change the entire look of this festive dessert with little to no effort. You can actually transform this base design into anything you need – think orange and yellow for Halloween! The choices are endless!

Recipe Tips

  • As a reminder, you can opt out of using the almond extract, and instead, use other extracts like vanilla, anise, or lemon.
  • Store your leftover cookies in an airtight container at room temperature for up to five days.
italian wedding christmas cookies
italian wedding christmas cookies

Italian Cookies Recipe

Yield: 30
Prep Time: 35 minutes
Cook Time: 9 minutes
Additional Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 49 minutes

Italian cookies are dipped in a creamy icing glaze and are a traditional holiday cookie brought out around Christmas by most grandmas. Topped with sprinkles and made with love, their taste feels just like home.

Ingredients

  • Cookie Ingredients: 
  • * 2 eggs
  • * 6 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • * 1/2 cup white sugar
  • * 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • * 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • * 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • * 1 teaspoon salt
  • Icing Ingredients:
  • * 2 cups powdered sugar
  • * 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • * 3 tablespoons milk
  • * rainbow nonpareil sprinkles

Instructions

  1. Whisk together eggs, oil, sugar, and vanilla. Add flour, baking powder, and salt and mix until blended. 
  2. Using a tablespoon portion scoop, scoop dough into balls and roll in your hands until smooth. Place onto a baking sheet or cutting board covered with wax paper. 
  3. Refrigerate for 30 minutes.
  4. Preheat oven to 350 and place cookies, 2" apart on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake for 9 minutes. Let set on baking sheet for 2 minutes before removing cookies from the baking sheet and setting them on a cooling rack to cool completely. 
  5. Once cookies are completely cooled, mix together icing and frost. Add powdered sugar, vanilla, and milk to a bowl and mix well until icing forms. The icing is somewhat thick so it doesn't just roll right off the cookie. 
  6. Dredge cookies, upside down into the icing and place onto a baking sheet. Sprinkle with rainbow nonpareil sprinkles. Repeat until all cookies are frosted. Let set for the icing to harden.  Store covered. Makes 30 cookies. 
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 30 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 113Total Fat: 4gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 13mgSodium: 115mgCarbohydrates: 19gFiber: 0gSugar: 12gProtein: 1g

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