Italian Christmas Cookies
Total TimePrep: 25 min. Bake: 14 min./batch + cooling
- 1 cup butter, softened
- 2 cups 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
- 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.
- Drop by tablespoonfuls 2 in. apart onto greased baking sheets. Bake at 350° for 12-15 minutes or until lightly browned. Remove to wire racks to cool.
- In a large bowl, cream butter, confectioners’ sugar, vanilla and enough milk to reach spreading consistency. Frost cooled cookies and immediately decorate with sprinkles. Store in the refrigerator.
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Nutrition Facts1 cookie: 92 calories, 3g fat (2g saturated fat), 16mg cholesterol, 74mg sodium, 14g carbohydrate (9g sugars, 0 fiber), 1g protein.
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Jan 28, 2018
Nice texture, flavor from my old neighborhood.
Dec 9, 2017
Quick and easy, family and friends loved them.
Feb 18, 2017
How much anise would you use in this recipe?
Dec 17, 2016
A nice sweet soft cookie. I expected them to come out rounder and not spread as much as they did. I used 4 cups of Confection sugar and had to add a bit more milk. The recipe does not state that the frosting needs to be beaten with a beater but that was what I did and it worked out well. Had some left over after icing the cookies. Not a hard recipe but time consuming mostly because it makes so many cookies. And the icing and sprinkling takes awhile.
Nov 11, 2016
Made these cookies yesterday and they are so good. Used real butter and followed the recipe except for the frosting. Used 4 cups of confectionery sugar, 6 tbs of butter and added milk until correct spreading consistency and a good quality vanilla. Do not use low fat ricotta cheese. May try lemon zest in cookies next time for variation.
Jan 1, 2016
I made them a few times and added lemon zest to the mix and to the glaze and they tasted fantastic!
Dec 20, 2015
The only good thing about these cookies is the texture. The flavor is quite bland. Will probably not make again.
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.
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!
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??