Italian Wedding Cookies

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Italian Wedding Cookies or Anginetti are a traditional Italian cookie that can be used for any occasion, they can be used for weddings, christmas, easter or any other get together.
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 10 minutes
cooling time: 30 minutes
Total: 50 minutes
Italian Wedding Cookies in a wicker round bowl.

Italian Wedding Cookies or Anginetti are a traditional Italian cookie that can be used for any occasion, they can be used for weddings, christmas, easter or any other get together.

Italian Wedding Cookies in a wicker round bowl.

These Italian Wedding Cookies are a tender, sweet cookie that are the perfect celebration cookie. Recipes for these cookies are past down generation to generation and each family have their own treasured version.

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What makes this recipe great? The cookie is so perfect for any gathering because they are so flavorful, colorful and special.

  • Easy: The preparation and ingredients are all easy.
  • Decoration: Fun for the kids to help decorate and eat.
  • Adaptable: This Italian Wedding Cookie is of course, good for weddings but all holidays and parties too, they are always a hit!
Italian Wedding Cookies close up.

What You Need to Make this Italian Wedding Cookies Recipe

Ingredients

  • All-Purpose Flour
  • Baking Powder
  • Vegetable Shortening
  • White Sugar
  • Eggs 
  • Vanilla Extract
  • Almond Extract
  • Icing Glaze:
  • Powdered Icing Sugar
  • Whole Milk or Cream
  • Melted Butter
  • Vanilla or Almond Extract
  • Christmas Sprinkles
Flour sugar eggs, vanilla and other ingredients for Italian Wedding Cookies.

Equipment

Icing ingredients for Italian Wedding Cookies.

How to Make Italian Sugar Cookies – Step by Step

Making the dry ingredients and moist ingredients for cookies.
  • Prep: First, preheat oven to 400F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking mats. Set aside.
  • Mix: Second, in a small bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda and salt. Set aside and then in a large bowl, beat together the shortening and sugar until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes.
Finishing batter for cookies and placed on a baking sheet.
  • Beat: Next, beat in eggs and extracts for 30 seconds, then add half of the flour mixture and next beat until fully incorporated, then add remaining half of the flour mixture.
  • Scoop: Use a cookie scoop to portion out the cookies on the prepared mats. For a more smooth appearance, you can roll the cookies into balls but that is optional 
  • Bake: Then bake for 8-10 minutes, until just lightly golden and cookies start to crack on top. Allow cookies to cool completely before frosting.
Making icing for Italian Wedding Cookies.
  • Whisk: For the icing, whisk together powdered icing sugar, milk, melted butter and your choice of flavor extract.
  • Ice: Finally, portion one tablespoon of the icing onto each cookie and add sprinkles. Lastly, allow icing to dry for 30 minutes before serving or storing.
Icing the finished cookies.

Common Questions About Italian Wedding Cookies

HOW DO I STORE ITALIAN WEDDING COOKIES?

These cookies will stay fresh for about a week in an airtight container at room temperature or for three months in the freezer.

CAN I SUBSTITUTE DIFFERENT EXTRACTS?

Of course, again every family has their own personal recipe. But traditionally lemon, anise or almond can be used.

RECIPE BE DOUBLED OR HALVED?

Indeed, adjust the recipe for the amount that you need. This recipe will make about thirty cookies.

WHY USE BUTTER AND SHORTENING?

This mix is really the best of both worlds, you get the flavor of butter and the stability of shortening, therefore your cookie will taste great, won’t be flat and hold it’s shape well.

MAKE AHEAD OF TIME?

Yes, this dough works best when it is cold, so you can make it a day in advance and keep it in the fridge until you are ready to use.

Two Italian Wedding Cookies outside a bowl of additional cookies.

Expert Tips for Making Italian Cookies

  • Add Nuts: Finely ground nuts such as walnuts, almond or pecans can be added for texture and flavor.
  • Short cut tip: Simply dust with powdered sugar instead of icing for a classic cookie.
  • Color: Food coloring can be added to the icing to make them more festive appeal.
  • Sprinkle Hack: To keep the color from bleeding off your sprinkles, use a thicker consistency of icing, make sure that the cookies have completely cooled and wait to add sprinkles until icing has almost set.
  • Zest: Lemon or Orange zest add another dimension of flavor and freshness to your cookie.

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Italian Wedding Cookies in a wicker round bowl.

Italian Wedding Cookies

Yield: 30 cookies
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 10 minutes
cooling time: 30 minutes
Total: 50 minutes
Italian Wedding Cookies or Anginetti are a traditional Italian cookie that can be used for any occasion, they can be used for weddings, christmas, easter or any other get together.
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Ingredients

  • 3 cups All-Purpose Flour
  • 3 teaspoons Baking Powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon Salt
  • 3/4 cup Vegetable Shortening
  • 3/4 cup White Sugar
  • 3 Eggs, room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon Almond Extract
  • Optional Icing Glaze:
  • 2 cups Powdered Icing Sugar
  • 4 Tablespoons Whole Milk or Cream
  • 2 Tablespoons Melted Butter
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla or Almond Extract
  • Christmas Sprinkles, as desired

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 400F.
  • Line two baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking mats. Set aside.
  • In a small bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda and salt. Set aside.
  • In a large bowl, beat together the shortening and sugar until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes.
  • Beat in eggs and extracts for 30 seconds, then add half of the flour mixture. Beat until fully incorporated, then add remaining half of the flour mixture.
  • Use a cookie scoop to portion out the cookies on the prepared mats. For a more smooth appearance, you can roll the cookies into balls but that is optional.
  • Bake for 8-10 minutes, until just lightly golden and cookies start to crack on top.
  • Allow cookies to cool completely before frosting.
  • For the icing, whisk together powdered icing sugar, milk, melted butter and your choice of flavor extract and adjust the consistency with additional powdered sugar or milk.
  • Portion one tablespoon of the icing onto each cookie and add sprinkles.
  • Allow icing to dry for 30 minutes before serving or storing.
  • Makes approximately 30 cookies.

Expert Tips

  • Add Nuts: Finely ground nuts such as walnuts, almond or pecans can be added for texture and flavor.
  • Short cut tip: Simply dust with powdered sugar instead of icing for a classic cookie.
  • Color: Food coloring can be added to the icing to make them more festive appeal.
  • Sprinkle Hack: To keep the color from bleeding off your sprinkles, use a thicker consistency of icing, make sure that the cookies have completely cooled and wait to add sprinkles until icing has almost set.
  • Zest: Lemon or Orange zest add another dimension of flavor and freshness to your cookie.
 

Estimated Nutritional Information

Calories: 157kcal | Carbohydrates: 23g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 19mg | Sodium: 54mg | Potassium: 63mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 13g | Vitamin A: 50IU | Calcium: 24mg | Iron: 1mg
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cookies

This recipe is my personal adaption of an ethnic inspired recipe. It is not intended to be an authentic recipe.  I’ve recreated this recipe because I enjoy the flavors and I want to encourage my readers to expand their tastes and try new flavor combinations. The recipe, ingredients and processes may have been adapted to make the recipe accessible for the average American. I have provided links to authentic versions of the recipe in the post above. I encourage you to visit these pages and learn more about the traditional version(s) of this recipe.

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