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Italian Sprinkle Cookies

Of all the Italian cookie recipes I make, this is my favorite. These sprinkle 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
  • Total Time
    Prep: 25 min. Bake: 15 min./batch + standing
  • Makes
    about 7 dozen

Ingredients

  • 6 large eggs, room temperature
  • 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 2% 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 2 or 3 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.



Test Kitchen Tips
  • Because shortening melts at a higher temperature than butter, it’s useful for baking cookies that you want to have a nice uniform shape.
  • Not a fan of sprinkles? Try using finely chopped pistachios!
  • Try more old world Italian cookies.
  • Nutrition Facts
    1 cookie: 87 calories, 3g fat (1g saturated fat), 13mg cholesterol, 49mg sodium, 14g carbohydrate (8g sugars, 0 fiber), 1g protein.
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