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Tender Italian Sugar Cookies Recipe

Tender Italian Sugar Cookies Recipe

These traditional Italian cookies are moist and tender. —Weda Mosellie, Phillipsburg, New Jersey
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 10 min./batch + cooling YIELD:36 servings

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup shortening
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • ICING:
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2-1/2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • Food coloring and coarse sugar, optional

Directions

  • 1. Preheat oven to 400°. In a large bowl, cream shortening and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs and vanilla. Combine flour, baking powder and salt; gradually add to creamed mixture and mix well.
  • 2. Shape dough into 1-1/2-in. balls. Place 1 in. apart on ungreased baking sheets. Bake 8-10 minutes or until lightly browned. Remove to wire racks to cool.
  • 3. For icing, in a small bowl, combine milk, butter, vanilla and confectioners' sugar until smooth. Tint with food coloring if desired. Dip tops of cookies in icing; allow excess to drip off. Sprinkle with coarse sugar if desired. Place on waxed paper; let stand until set. Yield: 3 dozen.

Nutritional Facts

1 each equals 136 calories, 5 g fat (2 g saturated fat), 20 mg cholesterol, 54 mg sodium, 21 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, 2 g protein.

Reviews for Tender Italian Sugar Cookies

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MY REVIEW
Reviewed Dec. 31, 2015

"Love these cookies and they are always a hit a christmas time"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Apr. 22, 2015

"Just ok. I agree with others that these are pretty bland. Not a very sweet cookie if that's what you're looking for.Easy to make, but not my idea of a sugar cookie."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Mar. 13, 2015

"For more flavor use almond flavor in cookie and i used peppermint flavor in icing"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Mar. 12, 2015

"Easy to prepare with ingredients that are always on hand. Very nice presentation Unfortunately they don't have much flavor. I used extra vanilla in the dough and icing and double dipped them and they were still just eh. I was pretty disappointed."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Dec. 22, 2014

"I just made these with white frosting & sparkling white sugar. They look so pretty, like snowballs. They do taste a little bland, though. I will definitely try them again with some anise extract added."

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miw
Reviewed Apr. 24, 2014

"Followed the recipe, very good! Not sure I'll make again though. The kids didn't love em.."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Apr. 23, 2014

"can someone help I made the tender italian sugar cookies and they tasted like flour. Why??"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Apr. 15, 2014

"Question - Do you have to use unbleached flour? What is the difference or benefit?"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Apr. 12, 2014

"Super easy and everyone loves! Very moist and delicate flavor- can be addictive! I will try butter flavor shortening next time. This will be my go to cookie for special occasions!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Apr. 3, 2014

"this isn't a review, just a question. Can you substitute anise for the vanilla in both the cookie and the icing?"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Apr. 3, 2014

"Delicious!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Mar. 31, 2014

"THIS RECIPE IS SIMILAR TO A FAVORITE COOKIE FROM MY AUNT THAT WE LOVED AS KIDS!! YOU CANT GO WRONG WITH THESE COOKIES, PERFECT FOR ANY OCCASION."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Dec. 26, 2013

"Very tasty, but I couldn't find a baking temperature in the recipe and the frosting was quite runny, even after I added another 1/4-1/2 c. powdered sugar. I'll make them again, but with a different frosting."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Dec. 23, 2013

"My guests and I thought these were very good, and they were less trouble than cut out sugar cookies. I will definitely make these again."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Dec. 7, 2013

"Added anise. Still a little bland but very soft and good!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Sep. 19, 2013

"These were ok. A little bland, however great when you add rootbeer extract to the icing instead of vanilla!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Nov. 5, 2012

"very easy and taste great..."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Oct. 18, 2012

"very easy to make and taste great..."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Feb. 18, 2012

"These cookies are easy to make and are delicious. I did replace the 1 tsp. of vanilla with 2 tsp. of anise flavor in the cookie to make it more italian style and I also added anise flavor to the frosting instead of vanilla. Either way whatever flavor you use I am sure would be wonderful. Great cookies, thanks for sharing this recipe. :)"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Dec. 25, 2011

"Sweet and tasty"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Dec. 20, 2011

"So tender and delicious! Melts in your mouth!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Dec. 22, 2010

"Also, I did not find that I needed more powdered sugar in my icing. It was quite thick actually, and at one point I thought about adding a tad of milk to thin it up a bit."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Dec. 22, 2010

"This is my absolute favorite of all the new recipes I made this year. I'm sure it will become one that I make each year. Which is funny because this is the recipe that I wasn't sure I would like, haha! The cookies are so tender, they literally melt in your mouth, and frosting them is so easy, because you just dip the tops in the frosting and sprinkle on the sugars! I made mine the same colors and the picture and they look so elegant, I can't wait to share them with my family this Christmas! (If I don't eat them all first!)"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jan. 7, 2010

"Best Italian cookie I have tasted in years. Very tender and exceptionally easy to make. One batch is NOT enought so save yourself time and double it the first time."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Nov. 24, 2009

"Wonderfully moist cookies, simple ingredients in most pantries. Even my husband who doesn't care for the rolled-out sugar cookies loved these"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Dec. 8, 2008

"These are really yummy! The only thing that needs to be adjusted is the amount of powdered sugar for the icing. It took more than what it calls for.

These look really pretty on a cookie tray for Christmas!"

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