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Italian Christmas Cookies

Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Chill time2 hrs
Total Time2 hrs 30 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: Italian ricotta cookies
Servings: 48
Calories: 141kcal


  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup butter unsalted, room temperature
  • 1 3/4 cups sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla
  • 15 ounces whole milk ricotta cheese


  • 2 cups confectioners sugar
  • 1 tablespoon butter unsalted, room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 4 tablespoons milk
  • Christmas sprinkles red, green, and white nonpariels


  • In a medium-sized mixing bowl, combine flour, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.
  • In a large mixing bowl, cream butter and sugar until combined and fluffy.
  • Add eggs, one at a time, until each is combined.
  • Add ricotta, and vanilla and mix until smooth.
  • Slowly add dry ingredients to wet ingredients in small batches until it’s all combined.
  • Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 1-2 hours. (It’s easier to work with chilled.)
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line baking sheet with silpat liners or parchment paper.
  • Using a cookie scoop, or two spoons, scoop cookie dough into 1 tablespoon sized balls and place on prepared baking sheets at least 2 inches apart.
  • Bake for 12 to 15 minutes until bottoms of cookies are golden brown. Remove from oven and let cool on cookie sheet for 1-2 minutes then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
  • Repeat until all dough is used.
  • Make the Icing while the cookies are cooling.
  • In a medium-sized mixing bowl, whisk together powdered sugar, butter, milk, and vanilla.
  • Hold each cookie upside down and dip the top into the icing and return to the wire rack right- side up. Add sprinkles before icing sets. Repeat until all cookies are iced.


Serving: 1cookie | Calories: 141kcal | Carbohydrates: 21g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 22mg | Sodium: 105mg | Potassium: 27mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 12g | Vitamin A: 177IU | Calcium: 24mg | Iron: 1mg