Easy to prepare at home recipes of delicious Italian Christmas cookies by amazing chefs, to dazzle everyone this holidays.
Christmas is an event of joy, celebration, and food! Along with other wonderful food dishes, there is this one item that never gets old. Well, wear your most comfortable pajamas and fetch a glass of milk, because the best Italian cookies are here! Everyone loves cookies on Christmas; and to share a secret, even Santa does! With the help of this Italian cookie guide, you can now make christmassy cookies with lesser efforts and hassle. Nevertheless, that does not mean the cookies won't be as tasty, because these simple recipes are the jewels of some of the most respected chefs. These cookies are the perfect Christmas gesture, expressing that the simplest of things can bring us the most joy.
Cookies may be simple comfort foods that are enjoyed around the year, yet it gets special and well-deserved attention during the holidays - especially Christmas. Whether they are puff pastry cookies, a simple chocolate chip or a fennel tart recipe – this dessert does wonder. A word of caution though, one batch of these cookies won't be enough because they are simply magnifico!
RECIPE 1: Christmassy Italian Cookie
- 1 cup butter, softened
- 2 cups of sugar
- 3 large eggs
- 1 carton (15 ounces) ricotta cheese
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 4 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/4 cup butter, softened
- 3 to 4 cups confectioners' sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 3 to 4 tablespoons milk
- Colored sprinkles
*Total prep time is 25 minutes where baking and cooling one batch will include 10 minutes. This makes 8 to half a dozen cookies.
These are one of the best Italian Christmas cookies that are traditional and delicious. The given ingredients will suffice for one batch.
Making the Christmassy Italian Cookie:
- Take a bowl and add cream, butter, and sugar altogether. Add each egg at once in the mixture, while also stirring well after addition.
- Mix in ricotta and vanilla and beat well
- Gradually add flour to the mixture while stirring well. Add the baking soda and salt to the gooey mixture.
- Get greased baking sheets and drop rounded one teaspoon each of the mixture upon them on a measured distance. Bake at 350 degrees for about 10-12 minutes and put outside to cool off.
- For the frosting, add cream, butter, confectioners' sugar, vanilla, and enough milk to create right consistency. Put icing on the cookies and refrigerate them.
TIP: For an extra punch, top the freshly frosted Italian cookies with chopped nuts or sprinkles.
RECIPE 2: Italian Mocha Biscotti
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- ½ cup unsweetened cocoa, plus more for work surface
- 2 tablespoons instant coffee or espresso powder
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- ½ teaspoon table salt
- ¼ teaspoon baking soda
- 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted and cooled to room temperature
- ¾ cup granulated sugar
- 2 large eggs
- 2 large egg yolks
- ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 cup bittersweet chocolate chunks
- 4 ounces white chocolate, finely chopped
- 1½ teaspoon canola oil
*Takes total 1 hour and 15 minutes to make and yields three dozen cookies
Traditional Italian Biscotti Recipes are generally dry so that they could be dunk in morning tea or coffee. But this one, in particular, is a twist with a dark coffee flavor, an eye-opener in the morning. A generous dip in the white chocolate is more than just for looks!
Making Italian Mocha Biscotti:
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F and line a baking sheet with greasy parchment papers.
- Take a bowl and sift flour, cocoa, coffee, salt and baking powder in it, and set aside.
- Take another bowl and beat sugar, egg and egg yolk in it for 5 minutes until the mixture is thick and pale yellow. Add some vanilla extract to the mix. Take some butter and add gradually to the mix while beating well for 2 minutes.
- Add flour to the egg mix, slowly and gradually, while whisking slowly until it is well incorporated. Add the bittersweet chocolate chunks to it.
- Dust a work surface with cocoa powder and roll the dough into two logs that are about 9x11/2 inch. Place each log on the prepared baking sheet and gently press to flatten them.
- Bake for 18-20 minutes until the top begins to crack and logs seem firm on the touch. This is a sign to remove the logs from oven and cool them for a good 10 minutes. Cut each log diagonally into eighteen slices and place them on the baking sheet. Return the baking sheets to the oven for 18-20 minutes while flipping cookie sides in between and rotating the sheets. After they are baked, cool the cookies for 20 minutes.
- Take another microwave-safe bowl ad put white chocolate and canola oil in it. Heat it in the microwave for 1 minute until smooth, while stirring in between every 20 seconds. Dip one end of the cookies in chocolate mixture. Let the excess drip in bowl and place cookies to chill for 15 minutes.
Tip: the Italian biscotti cookies can be enjoyed with hot chocolate, milk or coffee in Christmas winters.
RECIPE 3: Italian Lemon Drop Cookies
- ½ cup vegetable or canola oil
- 3 large eggs
- 3 cups flour
- 2 teaspoons lemon extract
- 1 tablespoon baking powder
- ½ cup of sugar
- ½ cup milk
- ¼ cup butter, melted
- 2 cups powdered sugar
- 3 tablespoons heavy cream
- 1 teaspoon lemon extract
- yellow food coloring (enough to achieve the shade of yellow you desire)
- zest from half a lemon, for garnish
*Takes a total of 28 minutes including prep time 20 minutes and cooking time 8 minutes. It serves about 2.5 dozen cookies.
Italian lemon drop cookies are these cake-like delicious bites that are just the right amount of sweet with a tang of lemon — the perfect treat for Christmas.
Making Italian lemon drop cookies:
- Add oil, cream, milk, and eggs together in a bowl and mix well
- Gradually whisk in flour mixed with baking soda gradually to procure a soft and sticky dough.
- Scoop the dough and line perfectly on a baking sheet prepared with parchment paper.
- For 8-10 minutes, bake at 350F and let cool.
- Mix all icing ingredients in a bowl really well. Add a few drops of yellow food coloring (almost 5 drops).
- Frost the cooled Italian lemon drop cookies and let them freeze.
Enjoy this festive season the Italian way with these amazing and the best Italian Christmas Cookies ever!