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How to Make These Popular Italian Easter Cookies

Italian Easter Cookies recipe featured by top LA lifestyle blogger, Posh in Progress

Making traditional Italian food is one way I celebrate the holidays and my Italian heritage. I’ve made traditional Italian Christmas cookies before, now I wanted to try Italian Easter cookies.

I was searching for Easter cookie ideas on Pinterest and found this recipe for Italian Easter cookies. That’s strange. My grandparents are from Italy and my father often speaks nostalgically about my grandmother’s cooking, but I’d never heard of these traditional Italian cookies.

Family traditions are important to me, especially those that celebrate my Italian heritage. Unfortunately, my grandfather died before I was born and I was very young when my grandmother died. I have faint memories of her, but missed out on the opportunity to learn her cooking and baking secrets–and very few of her recipes survived her.

Italian Easter Cookies recipe featured by top LA lifestyle blogger, Posh in Progress

After searching the internet to learn more about these mysterious Italian Easter cookies, I called my dad to find out if he remembered whether my grandma made them. Sure enough, she made them every Easter. He described her process, the colors she decorated with and the shape she chose to make hers.

Making these Italian Easter Cookies recipe featured by top LA lifestyle blogger, Posh in Progress Italian Easter cookies is a snap with a cookie scoop or melon baller.

Based on my research, there are at least three shapes these cookies take: round, round with the middle gone (like a donut), or oblong and braided.  The recipe I chose suggested hand-rolling them into the shape of an egg, so that is what I did. The dough is sticky, so I wet my hands in between for a smooth exterior.

Italian Easter Cookies recipe featured by top LA lifestyle blogger, Posh in ProgressYou are going to dip these cookies in the icing before putting the sprinkle on. You can use your fingers.If you're like me, apply the sprinkles or nonpareil liberally for these traditional Easter cookies.

Some of the recipes suggested using food coloring in the frosting to make the cookies look even more egg-like, but I prefer the colorful sprinkles against the stark white frosting.

I love these cookies! They are like little cakes with a hardened glaze and crunchy sprinkles on top. The anise is very subtle and the almond extract gives them a little bit more sweetness. These will become an Easter staple in my family for sure.

Yield: 18 cookies

Traditional Italian Easter Cookies

Italian Easter Cookies recipe featured by top LA lifestyle blogger, Posh in Progress

Stacey shares a recipe for egg-shaped Italian Easter cookies. She also talks about how her own Italian grandmother would make them each year.

Ingredients

Cookies:

  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon anise extract
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract
  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour (may need up to 3 cups)
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 3 - 4 tablespoons milk

Icing:

  • 2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 3 tablespoons milk
  • 1/8 teaspoon almond extract (or anise)
  • decorative candy sprinkles

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line cookie sheets with parchment paper.
  2. For cookies, cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy, about 5 minutes.
  3. Add eggs, one at a time, mixing after each addition. Add anise and almond extract.
  4. Blend flour and baking powder.
  5. Start by adding about 1/3 of these dry ingredients to the butter/sugar in your mixer, then add 1 T. milk.
  6. Add another third of the flour and another 1 T. milk.
  7. Finally, mix in enough of the remaining flour  and another 1 T milk. Add extra milk if needed, until your dough is like a brownie batter (it should be softer than a drop cookie dough).
  8. Use a 1 T. cookie scooper to make simple round drop cookies.
  9. Wet hands as needed to prevent sticking. Use wet fingers to pat any rough edges OR for an Easter-Egg look, roll 1 T. dough into an elongated ball.
  10. Bake cookies 9 -11 minutes, just until cooked. They won't be brown but the insides will be soft and cake-like.
  11. For icing: mix sugar, milk and extract to make a sugar glaze.
  12. Heat in the microwave for 10 seconds to make it thin enough for dipping.
  13. Hold cookie in your hand and turn upside down so you can dip the top half in the glaze; turn over and immediately top with sprinkles so they will stick.
  14. Allow icing to harden overnight; then store in air-tight containers or freeze.

Nutrition Information

Yield

18

Serving Size

1

Amount Per Serving Calories 196Total Fat 6gSaturated Fat 4gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 2gCholesterol 45mgSodium 138mgCarbohydrates 32gFiber 0gSugar 18gProtein 3g

Italian Easter Cookies Recipe

Ingredients

Cookies:

  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon anise extract
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract
  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour (may need up to 3 cups)
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 3 – 4 tablespoons milk

Icing:

  • 2 cups confectioners’ sugar
  • 3 tablespoons milk
  • 1/8 teaspoon almond extract (or anise)
  • decorative candy sprinkles

Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line cookie sheets with parchment paper.

For cookies, cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy, about 5 minutes. Add eggs, one at a time, mixing after each addition. Add anise and almond extract.

Blend flour and baking powder. Start by adding about 1/3 of these dry ingredients to the butter/sugar in your mixer, then add 1 T. milk. Add another third of the flour and another 1 T. milk. Finally, mix in enough of the remaining flour  and another 1 T milk. Add extra milk if needed, until your dough is like a brownie batter (it should be softer than a drop cookie dough).

Use a 1 T. cookie scooper to make simple round drop cookies – use wet fingers to pat any rough edges OR for an Easter-Egg look, roll 1 T. dough into an elongated ball. Wet hands as needed to prevent sticking.

Bake cookies 9 -11 minutes, just until cooked. They won’t be brown but the insides will be soft and cake-like.

For icing: mix sugar, milk and extract to make a sugar glaze. Heat in the microwave for 10 seconds to make it thin enough for dipping.

Hold cookie in your hand and turn upside down so you can dip the top half in the glaze; turn over and immediately top with sprinkles so they will stick.

Allow icing to harden overnight; then store your Italian Easter cookies in air-tight containers or freeze.

Italian Easter Cookies recipe featured by top LA lifestyle blogger, Posh in Progress

Even though I never tasted my grandmother’s Easter cookies, the act of baking them made me feel a connection to her and my heritage. I wish I had known her longer, so she could have shared her history with me, and her recipes. The next best thing I can do is create these traditions for my own family, to pass on my Italian heritage to my own children.

Do you have any family Easter recipes you make every year? I’d love to hear about them.

Check out these close ups of cookies sprinkles.

11 Comments

  1. Our family calls these Italian Wedding Cookies. We make them in many shapes.

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