Italian Christmas Cookies

Italian Christmas Cookies

Italian Christmas Cookies
4 eggs
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup butter
2 tsp. vanilla
3 1/2 cup flour
4 tsp. baking powder

Sift dry ingredients. Cream butter and sugar, beat in eggs; add vanilla and dry ingredients.

Knead and add flour as needed to keep dough from sticking to hands. Pinch off dough, roll in your hands to form a log and then twirl into shape. Place on greased cookie sheets. Bake at 375 for 10 minutes.

Icing
2 cup sifted confectioner’s sugar
2 tsp. vanilla
6 tsp. water
Stir until creamy

Dip cookies into icing and sprinkle with trim. Place on wire rack with wax paper on counter to collect the dripping icing and sprinkles.

12 Comments On This Topic
  1. Lorraine
    on Oct 18th at 8:38 am

    We called these taralucci and my Nonna added orange or lemon zest to them!

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    • Kelly
      on Dec 31st at 8:09 pm

      Can anyone recommend how much lemon or orange zest to use?

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  2. Debbie
    on Nov 5th at 10:42 am

    my grandmother made these and they are awesome. Cannot wait to make them for Christmas

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  3. Teena
    on Nov 30th at 5:12 pm

    How many cookies does this recipe make?

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  4. LisaC
    on Dec 2nd at 2:44 pm

    They are a bit dry and I cooked them about 7 minutes.

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  5. momof3
    on Dec 20th at 3:49 pm

    a print button would be a nice addition.

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  6. Carol
    on Dec 21st at 2:32 pm

    .like these cookies look yummy.

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  7. Anna
    on Dec 22nd at 11:39 pm

    I just made these and 1st 2 batches went almost flat but still very tasty…you have to add more flour than u can imagine..just keep dough so it is not sticky almost dry….or they will not stayed curled..last batch much better,,, will make again and I think I will try the lemon or orange on half the batch next year…made over 4 dozen…

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    • Anna
      on Dec 22nd at 11:40 pm

      also I cooked them the full 10 min. in a gas stove…also used 1/2 vanilla and 1/2 almond flavoring to icing..

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  8. Karen
    on Nov 30th at 1:34 pm

    COOKING is on top of the stove, BAKING is in the oven!

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  9. Emily
    on Dec 18th at 4:53 am

    I made these, they puffed up, and expanded like noone’s business! I followed the recipe to the letter and they still didn’t come out. They were gooey on the inside and didn’t keep shape. Threw out entire batch! Grr

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  10. Linda
    on Dec 13th at 10:51 am

    Just made a batch of these. Turned out perfectly! Needs a bit more flavor, though, for me. I’ll add something, in addition to vanilla, to the frosting. Love them. Brings back childhood memories.

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