If you’re Italian, you recognize these cookies. There’s usually one matriarch in each Italian family who secretly knows how to make the traditional Italian Christmas cookies, but no one else ever knows what they did. And yet…my sister and I figured it out! So, without further ado, the Italian Christmas cookies recipe brought to you by Jess & Tal.
1/2 cup and 1/4 cup butter
3/4 cup granulated sugar
4 large eggs
3 cups all purpose flour
5 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
2 tsp sambuca (or anise/vanilla extract)
4 tbsp milk
2 cups confectioners sugar
1 tsp sambuca (or anise/vanilla extract)
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
Mix the flour, baking powder and salt together in a bowl and set aside.
Melt the butter, and beat it with the granulated sugar and mix well, adding one egg at a time mixing well with each addition. Mix in the sambuca.
Add the dry mixture to the batter slowly until all is blended together.
Roll the cookie dough into small balls (they expand up, not out!) and place them on a wax papered cookie sheet.
Bake for approximately 9 minutes. Let cool, and then frost!
Note: Tal and I store ours in the refrigerator and then enjoy them slightly chilled with hot beverages.
Merry Christmas to all, and to all a sweet night!