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Italian Christmas Cookies Recipe

Italian Christmas Cookies Recipe

"A single batch of these mouthwatering cookies is never enough," attests Doris Marshall of Strasburg, Pennsylvania. "I usually make one to give away and two more to keep at home. Adding ricotta cheese to the batter makes the morsels extra moist."—Doris Marshall, Strasburg, Pennsylvania
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Bake: 10 min./batch + cooling YIELD:51 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 carton (15 ounces) ricotta cheese
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • FROSTING:
  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 3 to 4 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 to 4 tablespoons milk
  • Colored sprinkles

Directions

  • 1. In a bowl, cream butter and sugar. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in ricotta and vanilla. Combine flour, salt and baking soda; gradually add to creamed mixture.
  • 2. Drop by rounded teaspoonfuls 2 in. apart onto greased baking sheets. Bake at 350° for 10-12 minutes or until lightly browned. Remove to wire racks to cool.
  • 3. In a large bowl, butter, confectioners’ sugar, vanilla and enough milk to reach spreading consistency. Frost cooled cookies and immediately decorate with sprinkles. Store in the refrigerator. Yield: 8-1/2 dozen.

Nutritional Facts

2 each: 150 calories, 6g fat (3g saturated fat), 28mg cholesterol, 131mg sodium, 23g carbohydrate (15g sugars, trace fiber), 2g protein

Reviews for Italian Christmas Cookies

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Inessa1103
Reviewed Jan. 1, 2016

"I made them a few times and added lemon zest to the mix and to the glaze and they tasted fantastic!"

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karinmair
Reviewed Dec. 20, 2015

"The only good thing about these cookies is the texture. The flavor is quite bland. Will probably not make again."

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redcottagechronicles
Reviewed Dec. 1, 2015

"These moist, cake-like cookies were flying off the cooling rack before they were even frosted! Makes a nice big batch and freeze well too."

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kimbojones
Reviewed Nov. 15, 2015

"I lost my great-grandmother's recipe for ricotta cookies, and have been looking for something similar...these are as close as it comes! Nonna always used almond or anise flavoring, so I added 2 tsp almond emulsion. As soon as they were out of the oven, it was like I was in Nonna's kitchen again! So good! I'll try the anise next time. Thank you so much for posting this recipe and giving me the opportunity to reconnect with the past!"

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jumpseatjen
Reviewed Dec. 19, 2014

"I loved these cookies in years past, but this year I have a daughter that is gluten intolerant, and am wondering if anyone has tried the gf flour (i got mine at Costco) and did they turn out??"

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murrell006
Reviewed Dec. 19, 2013

"I have been making this cookie at least since 2006. It is a hit every year. My size is larger than a tsp closer to a tbsp"

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karsmitty2
Reviewed Nov. 24, 2013

"These cookies are the best! So moist & delicious."

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puffybloomers
Reviewed Nov. 20, 2013

"this are easy to make and taste great, what more could you want in a cookie"

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dunkinjean
Reviewed Oct. 28, 2013

"I made this cookie last Christmas and everyone said it was absolutely delicious.

I recently made it again for a baby shower but used only blue sprinkles (a boy) - everyone wants the recipe!"

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dunkinjean
Reviewed Oct. 24, 2013

"I have made these cookies for the past 2 yrs for the holidays. They are very moist and delicious. I just made several batches for my daughter-in-law's baby shower and used baby blue sprinkles in lieu of holiday. They were beautiful, wonderful and everyone enjoyed them! Last night I made a batch to bring for our trip to visit the expecting parents since they stated that "Nicholas Parker" (baby to be in 1 month) wanted some!!"

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shawnba
Reviewed Sep. 22, 2013

"Love this recipe!! The addition of ricotta is just the ticket to make a traditional Italian cookie , which is already good, great!! This has replaced my Mom's recipe in my files!!"

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spiker1
Reviewed Apr. 24, 2013

"One of my all time favorites!"

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LostTime
Reviewed Dec. 23, 2012

"Second time I have made this recipe. I love it because it is easy, is a nice addition to my cookie trays and it tastes great. I love that it makes so many cookies. These cookies freeze well. I used 4 cups of xxx sugar and used 4 tablespoons of milk for the frosting. However, I still had to add about a teaspoon more of milk. I probably had about 3 tablespoons of frosting left over. I am sure using only 3 cups of xxx sugar would have left me with more cookies then frosting. This recipe makes a soft cookie that has a nice flavor, so if you want to give it a try, it is worth your time."

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Mamalia
Reviewed Dec. 18, 2012

"I brought these to a cookie party last year and they were a hit! They were so good that I decided they are to be part of my family's Christmas traditions. Just as good this year. Note- I halved the recipe this year and it worked just fine. I spoon the dough onto the cookie sheet on the bigger side so my cookies bake for 14 minutes and made 2 dozen."

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michaelholt
Reviewed Dec. 16, 2012

"These are the only cookies that my family requests every year for the holidays!"

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charweave
Reviewed Dec. 15, 2012

"Have made these cookies the last 3 years! They are great. Change up the sprinkles and you have Easter Cookies- Patriotic--etc..."

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Catty452
Reviewed Sep. 5, 2012

"Love this cookie. It is well liked by everyone and always a hit. I can make it for all holidays by just changing the color of the frosting with food coloring."

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sd20
Reviewed Feb. 29, 2012

"Very soft cookie! :)"

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shlly1223
Reviewed Dec. 29, 2011

"Great cookie, a new addition to my Christmas baking."

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mrs.mark
Reviewed Dec. 28, 2011

"Very yummy!"

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282778
Reviewed Dec. 25, 2011

"I made these today and they are so good! They are also very easy to make. I was a little worried before baking them because the batter was a little sticky but the cookies came out perfect are delicate in flavor and texture and are so good. They are delicious even without the frosting. I will add these to my cookie tray each year for sure!"

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Lightning259
Reviewed Dec. 24, 2011

"These are the best cookies i have ever tasted!!!! :D i couldn't believe how good they came out! Even with weird ingredients!

I signed up for this website because of this recipe just so i could rate it and give a review! I recommend making these NO DOUBT!!! :D Delicious!"

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SherriP12s
Reviewed Dec. 21, 2011

"I make these every year, I cannot tell you how many people love these cookies! Thanks so much for the recipe!! My favorite Christmas cookie!!"

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bakermom422
Reviewed Dec. 20, 2011

"Fabulous! Tried to make this type of cookie from a different recipe last year and they spread too much. This recipe, used with parchment paper, turned out perfectly. Nice and cakey, not too sweet. My kids, 5 and 7, were gobbling them up right out of the oven before I even put the icing on them. Used unsalted butter, lactose free milk, and colorless Wilton vanilla. Will definitely keep this on the Xmas cookie list."

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mombarbee
Reviewed Dec. 16, 2011

"This was the best cookie recipe I have ever made!!!"

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Ashaline
Reviewed Nov. 29, 2011

"These were the absolute hit of last years Christmas with all of my friends. Everyone wanted this recipe. They are so soft and taste great!"

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cobysmom
Reviewed Nov. 26, 2011

"WE MAKE THESE EVERY YEAR AND THEY ARE A HIT WITH EVERYONE ONLY THING I DID DIFFERENTLY WAS ADD ALMOND EXTRACT INSTEAD OF VANILLA ONLY TO THE COOKIE PORTION THO THESE ARE SO SOFT EVEN DAYS AFTER THEY WERE MADE"

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Beckiboo
Reviewed Sep. 15, 2011

"These are huge tradition in our family! I've been using this recipe for years!! My Dad doesn't even wait for them to cool- he just starts poppin' them in! These are not anything like a sugar cookie- not extremely sweet at all. Mild vanilla and soft and fluffy like a cake! We eat them with our coffee in the mornings and with milk at night!"

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Dana A.
Reviewed Feb. 11, 2011

"" This is such a simple recipe with a big impact. I made these cookies for Christmas and they were a huge hit everybody wanted the recipe. I saved a batch and froze them, and everytime I have company, I take a few out and they are as soft and delicious as the day I made them. They are the new cookie for everything not just the holiday's it's a classic and a timeless cookie THANK YOU'."

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patsycooks
Reviewed Feb. 11, 2011

"In response to the negative reviews, I too changed the frosting recipe a bit, I used the small ice cream scoop to place on my cookie sheets, they stayed "puffed up" and did not spread much. you definitely need the frosting. I used whole ricotta cheese, no issues with the recipe at all.

Patti Jones"

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patsycooks
Reviewed Feb. 11, 2011

"I made these for the first time this Christmas. I make a new cookie every Christmas. This is such a keeper!!! Delicious flavor, texture is light and rich. I am making these for Valentines day and will sprinkle with pink and purple jimmies. These were the first of all of my Christmas cookies to disappear. My Christmas gifts to many is a generous plate of my cookies, everyone raved about these and noticed that they were new.

I would recommend these to everyone!! A beautiful deilicous addition to your Christmas or any holiday, cookie choices!
Patti Jones, Wrightstown, NJ"

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Cape May Connie
Reviewed Dec. 31, 2010

"I made these cookies based on the glowing reviews, but frankly, I was disappointed. Without the frosting, they were rather tasteless. Maybe I should have used regular ricotta instead of part-skim. They looked pretty, however."

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kae24
Reviewed Dec. 22, 2010

"AMAZING is all the words i have for this cookie! I did have to alter the frosting recipe but it turned out wonderful :)"

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ddeyes33
Reviewed Dec. 18, 2010

"They were a hit! Great cookies! Definately will make them again, everyone loved them.

Thank you."

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greenstarfish20
Reviewed Dec. 17, 2010

"This recipe makes a lot, so I often halve it. The cookies are moist and delicious, like little puff cakes. They are tasty with our without icing. Everyone loves them!"

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blgraziano
Reviewed Dec. 16, 2010

"I'm getting so many compliments on these cookies and already have had people ask for the recipe. This is a keeper!"

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cookwright
Reviewed Dec. 14, 2010

"Definitely not definAtely"

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olga pucak
Reviewed Dec. 9, 2010

"These cookies came out moist and delicious

but my dough was too soft so I put it in the
fridge for an hour. They still spread too much
and are not nice and round as pictured.
What did I do wrong?"

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Charshe
Reviewed Dec. 6, 2010

"These are moist and delicious. I used canned vanilla frosting to make it easier, and they are still wonderful. I have been looking and practicing for a cookie exchange recipe -- found it!"

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Beckiboo
Reviewed Nov. 5, 2010

"These cookies exactly as written have been a family Christmas tradition for as far back as i can remember and as far back as my Dad can remember! Starting the day after Thanksgiving I make these cookies (double batch) once a week.. and that's still not enough! hehe! These cookies go quick in my house! GREAT recipe! GREAT memories!"

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gavingrma_OH
Reviewed Jan. 21, 2010

"I made these for Christmas and they got a lot of great reviews. Even one from someone that does not like ricotta cheese.

I will make them often"

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Briti
Reviewed Dec. 18, 2009

"I have been making this recipe for the past 3 years. They are very moist & if you ask me, better than the traditional Christmas sugar cookies. Easier too!"

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tapanga79
Reviewed Dec. 14, 2009

"I was really surprised at how yummy these cookies are. I will definately make them again. The only change i made was using evaporated milk in the icing instead of regular. Very good!!"

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krista6082
Reviewed Dec. 13, 2009

"This recipe has been in my Christmas cookie list for the past several years! The cookies have a fantastic flavor and I have even changed the red and green sprinkles to pastels and used them as a Welcome Spring cookie for our church's hospitality hour afterwards! They are delicious!"

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munchkin8681
Reviewed Dec. 6, 2009

"I made these last year and will be making them again!"

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SherriP12s
Reviewed Dec. 16, 2008 Edited Dec. 21, 2011

"Everyone loves these! I am making them today because I have so many people asking for them!! The best moist cookie I have ever had... I use anise in mine along with the vanilla. Delicious!!!"

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Kristi393
Reviewed Dec. 20, 2007

"I made this cookies and they were a huge success and disappeared quickly. Very yummy!"

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