Italian Christmas Cookies Recipe


Preparation Time15 MinCooking Time15 Min
Ready In30 MinDifficulty LevelEasy
Health IndexAverageServings6
Main Ingredient


 Butter/Margarine1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs), softened
 Sugar1 Cup (16 tbs)
 Orange rind1 Tablespoon
 Flour6 Cup (96 tbs)
 Baking powder2 Tablespoon
 Confectioners sugar1 Cup (16 tbs)
 Lemon juice1 Tablespoon

Nutrition Facts

Serving size

Calories 876 Calories from Fat 189

% Daily Value*

Total Fat 21 g32.9%

Saturated Fat 11.4 g56.9%

Trans Fat 0 g

Cholesterol 251.8 mg

Sodium 469.3 mg19.6%

Total Carbohydrates 151 g50.4%

Dietary Fiber 3.7 g14.6%

Sugars 53.4 g

Protein 19 g38.8%

Vitamin A 14.5% Vitamin C 7.6%

Calcium 42.2% Iron 40.6%

*Based on a 2000 Calorie diet


Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Grease cookie sheet.
Cream butter and sugar in mixer bowl until light and fluffy.
Beat in eggs 1 at a time.
Add orange juice and rind.
Add flour and baking powder; mix well.
Knead until no longer sticky, kneading in additional flour if needed; dough will be stiff.
Shape into 1/2 x 3-inch ropes; tie into knots.
Place on prepared cookie sheet.
Bake for 12 to 15 minutes or until golden brown.
Remove to wire rack to cool.
Combine confectioners' sugar with enough lemon juice to make a thick glaze.
Drizzle over cookies; sprinkle with candies.