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Italian Easter Cookies

Italian Easter Cookies

These delicious Italian Easter cookies are so easy to make and so delicious. Sweet but not too sweet and with just the right amount of almond flavor. They’re a lovely addition to any Easter table or even a snack to keep on hand for the little ones (and you). 

Italian Easter cookies stacked atop one another on plate next to coffee mug




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Cookies are one of my favorite recipes to make. I just love serving up sweet treats to my friends and family. Of course, I also love eating them, too! When Easter rolls around, I love to break out these delicious Italian cookies for everyone to enjoy. This recipe happens to be very, very close to the one my grandma used to make. She was an incredible cook and baker. The flavor of almonds combined with the sweetness of the cookies and their wonderful texture makes for such a delicious treat, and everyone is always eager for more of them. Of course, I can’t forget the finishing touch – a simple icing and fun Easter sprinkles!

Italian Easter Cookies

This is one of the easiest cookie recipes you’ll probably ever make. It uses just a few simple ingredients for the cookies and the icing, and they come together so quickly. I usually make at least a double batch to bring to our Easter get-together, and I keep them on hand for snacking, as well. I’ve also been known to put them in Easter baskets, too. Wrapped up in some colorful cling wrap, they make a fantastic Easter gift. When you get right down to it, though, the real selling point of these cookies is how delicious they are.

Italian Easter Cookies Ingredients

It only takes a few simple ingredients to make these cookies. You might already have all of them in your kitchen already.

For the Cookies

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 3 large eggs, room temperature is best
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon fine sea or kosher salt 
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 3 to 4 tablespoons milk, whole and 2 percent work, start with 3 tablespoons. Only add more milk if the batter is looking or feeling too dry.

For the Icing

  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 3 tablespoons milk
  • 1/4 teaspoon almond extract, add a 1/4 teaspoon more for a stronger almond flavor
  • Easter sprinkles of choice, these are cute too
  • See the recipe card at the end of the post for printable recipe

Equipment

You only need a few basic pieces of kitchen equipment to make this recipe. There’s nothing fancy to it!

  • Measuring cups and spoons
  • Bowl
  • Whisk
  • Hand mixer
  • Cookie sheet

 

Italian Easter Cookies Instructions

This is an incredibly easy recipe to make. It only takes a few simple steps to make the cookies and the icing. You’ll be in and out of the kitchen in no time!

Step 1: Prep

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees and line two cookie sheets with parchment paper.

Step 2: Combine the Wet Ingredients

Beat the butter, sugar, almond extract, and vanilla extract in a large bowl until light and fluffy. Then, beat in the eggs.

Step 3: Combine the Dry Ingredients

Whisk the flour and baking powder together in a medium bowl.

Step 4: Make the Dough

Gradually beat the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients. Then, beat in the milk until combined.

Step 5: Bake

Use a mini ice cream scooper to scoop out cookie dough balls and place them on the cookie sheet. Bake for 9 to 11 minutes.

Step 6: Make the Icing

Whisk together all the icing ingredients except for the sprinkles.

Step 7: Decorate the Cookies

Spoon about a tablespoon of icing over each cookie and let it drip down. Then top with Easter sprinkles. Allow the icing to harden and enjoy!

Hint: Add the sprinkles while the icing is wet so they stick to the cookies.

Storage

These cookies will keep at room temperature for 3 to 4 days or in an air-tight container in the refrigerator for up to one week. For longer storage, you can freeze them for up to 2 months.

Italian Easter Cookies Tips

This is a super easy recipe to make, but there are a few tips here that will help them be the best they can possibly be.

  • Be sure your butter is completely softened so it creams together with the sugar uniformly.
  • Add the milk at the end when making the cookie dough so you can adjust the dough’s moisture content as needed.
  • When icing the cookies, ice them while the cookies are slightly warm so the icing can run down the cookies.

Print recipe below

Italian Easter Cookies

These delicious Italian Easter cookies are so easy to make and so delicious. Sweet but not too sweet and with just the right amount of almond flavor. They’re a lovely addition to any Easter table or even a snack to keep on hand for the little ones (and you). 

Course Dessert, Snack
Cuisine American, Italian
Keyword cookies, Easter, Easter Cookies, Easter Desserts, Italian Easter Cookies, Sprinkle Cookies
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 12 cookies
Author Pam

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup or one stick softened unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 1/2 tsp almond extract
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp fine sea or kosher salt
  • 3 to 4 tbsp milk, whole and 2 percent work, start with 3 tablespoons. Only add more milk if the batter is looking or feeling too dry.

Icing

  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 3 tbsp milk
  • 3/4 tsp almond extract, add a 1/4 teaspoon more for a stronger almond flavor
  • Easter Sprinkles

Instructions

  1. Step 1 Preheat your oven to 350 degrees and line two cookie sheets with parchment paper.

    Beat the butter, sugar, and almond extract in a large bowl until light and fluffy. Then, beat in the eggs.

    Whisk the flour and baking powder together in a medium bowl.

    Gradually beat the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients. Then, beat in the milk until combined.

    Use a mini ice cream scooper to scoop out cookie dough balls and place them on the cookie sheet. Bake for 9 to 11 minutes.

    For the Icing: Whisk together all the icing ingredients except for the sprinkles.

    Spoon about a tablespoon of icing over each cookie and let it drip down. Then top with Easter sprinkles. Allow the icing to harden and enjoy!

    Hint: Add the sprinkles while the icing is wet so they stick to the cookies.

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Italian Easter Cookies FAQ

If you have questions about these Italian Easter cookies, then read on. The following FAQ answers the most commonly asked questions about this recipe.

What are Italian cookies?
Italian cookies are cookies made with a simple dough that features almond extract or crushed almonds.

What do Italian cookies taste like?
Italian cookies are mildly sweet with a delicious almond flavor.

Should Italian cookies be refrigerated?
If you plan to eat these cookies in 3 or 4 days, then you can store them at room temperature. If not, you can refrigerate them for up to a week.

Can I freeze iced cookies?
Yes. Place these cookies in an air-tight container in single layers with waxed paper between each layer. Then, freeze for up to 2 months.

Try These Italian Easter Cookies

These delicious Italian Easter cookies are so easy and so good. They’re a simple recipe that always delights the crowd. Bring them to your Easter get-together, keep them on hand at home for snacks, or even gift them in Easter baskets. However you choose to serve them, I know you’re going to love them.

 

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