Italian Sprinkle Cookies Recipe

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Italian Sprinkle Cookies Recipe
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Italian Sprinkle Cookies Recipe

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These cookies take some time, but, believe me, they are well worth it! My husband and I used to operate an Italian-American restaurant, and this recipe goes back generations. —Gloria Cracchiolo, Newburgh, New York
MAKES:
42 servings
TOTAL TIME:
Prep: 25 min. Bake: 15 min./batch + standing
MAKES:
42 servings
TOTAL TIME:
Prep: 25 min. Bake: 15 min./batch + standing

Ingredients

  • 6 large eggs
  • 5 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 2 tablespoons plus 1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 cup shortening
  • 3 teaspoons almond extract
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons lemon extract
  • GLAZE:
  • 3-3/4 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1/2 cup warm whole milk
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Colored sprinkles

Directions

Using a heavy-duty mixer, beat eggs on high speed until light and foamy, about 5 minutes; set aside. In a large bowl, combine the flour, confectioners' sugar and baking powder; on low speed, gradually beat in shortening and extracts until mixture resembles fine crumbs. Gradually add beaten eggs (dough will be stiff).
Roll dough into 1-in. balls. Place 2 in. apart on ungreased baking sheets. Bake at 350° for 12-14 minutes (tops of the cookies will not brown, but bottoms should brown slightly).
Meanwhile, in a small bowl, combine the confectioners' sugar, milk and extracts until smooth. As soon as cookies are removed from the oven, quickly dip two or three at a time into glaze. Remove with a slotted spoon or tongs; place on wire racks to drain. Immediately top with sprinkles. Let dry for 24 hours before storing in airtight containers. Yield: about 7 dozen.
Originally published as Italian Sprinkle Cookies in Country Woman November/December 1992, p31

Nutritional Facts

2 each: 176 calories, 6g fat (1g saturated fat), 31mg cholesterol, 82mg sodium, 28g carbohydrate (16g sugars, 0 fiber), 3g protein.

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  • 6 large eggs
  • 5 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 2 tablespoons plus 1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 cup shortening
  • 3 teaspoons almond extract
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons lemon extract
  • GLAZE:
  • 3-3/4 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1/2 cup warm whole milk
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Colored sprinkles
  1. Using a heavy-duty mixer, beat eggs on high speed until light and foamy, about 5 minutes; set aside. In a large bowl, combine the flour, confectioners' sugar and baking powder; on low speed, gradually beat in shortening and extracts until mixture resembles fine crumbs. Gradually add beaten eggs (dough will be stiff).
  2. Roll dough into 1-in. balls. Place 2 in. apart on ungreased baking sheets. Bake at 350° for 12-14 minutes (tops of the cookies will not brown, but bottoms should brown slightly).
  3. Meanwhile, in a small bowl, combine the confectioners' sugar, milk and extracts until smooth. As soon as cookies are removed from the oven, quickly dip two or three at a time into glaze. Remove with a slotted spoon or tongs; place on wire racks to drain. Immediately top with sprinkles. Let dry for 24 hours before storing in airtight containers. Yield: about 7 dozen.
Originally published as Italian Sprinkle Cookies in Country Woman November/December 1992, p31

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Stacy User ID: 9086538 282292
Reviewed Jan. 18, 2018

"I was hesistant to add 2 tablesppons plus 1 1/2 teaspoon of baking powder but seeing this recipe had such great reviews and shows it was verified, I did. The cookies came out of the oven and looked so fluffy and I loved how they glazed so nicely and it hardened but when we bit into them, all we could taste was baking powder and had to throw them away."

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gmbarron User ID: 2595222 280344
Reviewed Jan. 1, 2018

"Melt-In-Your-Mouth like Silk!!!! Well worth the time and effort. Everyone we share with compliments the texture and taste. My family has been making these incredibly delicious cookies for almost 10 years and we thoroughly and especially enjoy the dipping and sprinkling time!"

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Stacey User ID: 9343767 278776
Reviewed Dec. 5, 2017

"Very good recipe"

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suez64 User ID: 6671924 276552
Reviewed Oct. 21, 2017

"easy to make! Delicious cookie for all occasions using different sprinkles...I did tweak the directions a bit..these directions were a little confusing to my ADD.. The recipe says shortening..some of you are confused.. It's crisco (white) shortening. I used the shortening and it turned out great. no butter.."

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walkerjo User ID: 7514182 266257
Reviewed May. 23, 2017

"These are heavenly!"

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[email protected] User ID: 1303238 258276
Reviewed Dec. 18, 2016

"I make a somewhat similar recipe handed down through generations of Italian family for Christmas every year. Butter and sugar instead of shortening and confectioners sugar. Vanilla & Anise extract instead of almond & lemon extract. I use a small baking painters brush to frost cookies 2 or 3 at a time and then add sprinkles. Also make different shapes by rolling small pieces of dough into logs and then twist into "S", ribbon or spiral shapes. Everyone raves and can't wait for their share. Time consuming but well worth it in the end with a soft cookie eaten by itself or dunked in coffee (my Mom's favorite way to eat with no frosting)."

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DecadentDessertLady User ID: 7347634 258270
Reviewed Dec. 17, 2016

"I think they came out fantastic. I was worried about the extract combinations but absolutely love them. I only had one stick of Crisco butter flavored shortening so I used a stick of butter with it. The glaze dries pretty quick so have someone else put the sprinkles on! I ended up drizzling more glaze on some so I could add sprinkles since I didn't have help. I think 12-14 minutes is way too long so watch them carefully."

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Meesh233 User ID: 272245 258267
Reviewed Dec. 17, 2016

"I am an experienced baker and these were AWFUL. I tasted the batter and thought they were gross, but went ahead and baked one tray hoping the finished product would be better. NOPE. They were dry and crumbly with an overwhelming almond flavor (and I love almond). Waste of ingredients."

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SimplyJoan User ID: 7556471 251695
Reviewed Jul. 21, 2016

"Taste as good as they look! My daughter helped -dipping and sprinkling quickly is much easier working together. Make it a bonding experience. She took half the recipe to work and receive rave reviews and they looked so professional!"

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Inessa1103 User ID: 8190760 240817
Reviewed Jan. 1, 2016

"My family loved them, they are not really soft kind cookies but taste great! I jsed lemon extract instead of almond and they were delicious! Nice change to chocolate or sugar cookies!"

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