Hello Something Winnderful readers. This is Katie from The Hungry Goat again, here to present to you an awesome Christmas dessert that you don’t normally see during cookie exchanges and holiday parties.

I had promised my Italian teacher that for the final class of the semester I would bring in cookies. I wanted them to be Italian themed but when I went to The Bible that is Pinterest, everything was quite difficult to make and I had two hours to get these done.

Lo and behind: Italian cookies. There is no other name for these babies. My class loved them. When I brought the leftovers into work (I can’t keep sweets at my house because I have no self control), my coworker who grew up eating Italian food his entire life said that these were in his top three.

Let me repeat: These are in the top three of my coworker’s favorite Italian cookies he’s ever eaten.
I was proud.

So, if you’re looking for an easy Christmas cookie recipe that isn’t the usual Santa-shaped sugar cookies or peanut butter blossoms, then these bad boys are the ones for you. And they are zero calories delicious!
Italian Christmas Cookies

Let’s Get Baked // Italian Christmas Cookies


  • The Cookie:
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 5 T baking powder
  • 1/2 t salt
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • 1/4 cup veggie shortening
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 4 large eggs
  • 2 t lemon extract
  • The Glaze:
  • 3 T 2% milk
  • 2 cups confectioners sugar
  • 1 t lemon extract
  • Colorful Sprinkles


  1. Preheat the oven at 375 degrees.
  2. In a medium sized bowl, whisk flour, baking powder and salt together. Set aside.
  3. In a large bowl, beat the melted butter and shortening together until completely mixed. This will take about 2 minutes. Add the granulated sugar and mix well. Add the eggs one at a time. Mix in the lemon extract.
  4. Slowly add the flour mixture to the butter mixture until fully incorporated. Do not over mix.
  5. Roll the dough into small balls and place onto an ungreased cookie sheet and bake for 8 minutes. Remove the cookies and place on to a wire rack.
  6. While the cookies are cooling, mix the milk, confectioners' sugar and lemon extract. It needs to be thick enough to stick to the cookies. Add more confectioners's sugar when needed. Dip the top of each cookie into the glaze and sprinkle away with as much as color as you'd like.

Italian Christmas Cookies


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  • Chelsey

    These are so pretty! And I love easy cookie recipes. Thanks for sharing! 🙂

  • Jodi Stevens

    Oh nice! They seem fairly easy to make. I like easy.

  • Some people get turned off when they see veg. shortening in a recipe, but what they don’t realize is that it is the veg. shortening that gives these pretty little cookies their soft cakey texture. Your Italian Christmas Cookies would be the star of a holiday cookie platter!

  • Mama Teaches

    YUM! My elderly Italian neighbor makes these every year and they’re delicious!

  • Oh these look so fun! Pinning them to make over the break!

  • I could eat that whole plate! Reminds me of my Gram.

  • These look delicious!! Thanks for sharing! 🙂

  • Amanda Hartman

    I’ve been craving cookies lately and my daughter has been asking to make some. I know what we are doing today!!! Thank you!

  • Those look amazing. I love cookies with lemon icing!

  • FlowerpatchPam

    these look so bright and cheerful, I am sure the kids just love them.

  • Michelle James

    OMG these look sooo yummy! Definitely pinning!! Thanks

  • Melissa Russo

    These are my favorite Christmas cookie. I make them every year! Yum.

  • I love how colorful they are. I need to try these.