Italian Christmas Cookies are a favorite on every holiday dessert tray! They are buttery, flavorful little bites covered in an irresistible glaze. They only require a few ingredients and an entire batch is made in less than an hour!
-3/4 salted butter
-1/2 c powdered sugar
-1/2 c sugar
-1 tsp vanilla extract
-3 c flour
-2 tsp baking powder
-1 tsp salt
-4 tbsp milk
-2 c powdered sugar
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line baking sheets with parchment paper and set aside.
Using a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment (or a large mixing bowl with a hand mixer), combine the butter, sugars, eggs and vanilla.
Beat on medium speed until creamy and free of lumps.
In a separate bowl, combine the flour, baking powder and salt. Mix well. Gradually add to the butter mixture and beat on medium speed until just combined.
Place tablespoon-size chunks of batter 2 inches apart on the prepared baking sheets.
Bake in the preheated oven for 8-10 minutes, or until edges are very lightly golden. Remove from the oven and let cool completely.
Using a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment (or a large mixing bowl with a hand mixer), add powdered sugar and milk. Mix on medium speed until glaze is free of lumps.
Dunk the tops of the cookies into the glaze and place back on baking sheets or on a serving plate. Top with sprinkles, if desired.
If you desire that anise flavoring, add 1/2 teaspoon anise extract along with the rest of the wet ingredients.
These cookies cook quickly! My oven produces the perfect cookie in just 8 minutes. If you see a very slightly golden tint around the bottom edge of the cookies, pull them out!