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Italian Biscuit Cookies

Alright, let’s talk childhood fashion for a minute. I’m sure we all have had crazy 80’s hair and ugly outfits, but my worst fashion memory was neither of those things. For me, it was glasses. But, not like, cute little kid glasses. I’m talkin’ HUGE glasses. Like the size of Russia big.

Bless my grandma’s heart. She took me to get glasses one day after a yearly eye exam. There was a glasses shop on the first floor of the medical building where my doctor was. And this old lady working there, who, by the way, had like zero fashion sense, told my grandma that even though I was a kid, my head was big enough to fit into adult glasses. So my grandma decided to get me adult glasses. But, let me tell you, my head was NOT big enough to fit into adult glasses. These glasses took up like 75% of my face. No joke. I didn’t really care at first and plus I was a kid, what did I know about what really looked good? I just wanted pink glasses.

I’m forever traumatized by my Russia-sized glasses. My family and friends still make fun of me for those glasses. I’ll never live it down. Luckily, my husband still wanted to marry me despite seeing pictures of said glasses. I think I will be okay. But, I will never buy Russia-sized glasses for my kid.

And as for Grandma, it’s okay, I still luh you, girl.

These cookies also remind me of my childhood, my grandma, and my momma. We have made these Italian biscuit cookies every Easter for as long as I can remember. Usually on Holy Saturday followed by coloring Easter eggs. They are so simple. And then comes the icing. To this day, I have yet to master the powdered sugar to milk ratio. And don’t even get me started on how much powdered sugar was all over my kitchen, my clothes, and even in my bra (TMI?). But, whatever, it’s totally worth it because these cookies are tradition.

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Italian Biscuit Cookies

Yield: 3 dozen cookies

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 45 minutes


For the cookies:

  • 6 eggs
  • 3/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 3/4 cups sugar
  • 2 tsp. vanilla or lemon extract
  • 3 heaping teaspoons baking powder
  • 3 1/2 cups flour
  • pinch of salt

For the icing:

  • approx. 4 cups confectioners' sugar
  • approx. 8 tablespoons milk
  • food coloring
  • lemon extract (optional)


To make the cookies:

  1. Beat the eggs until fluffy. Add the oil, vanilla or lemon extract, and sugar and mix until well-combined. Add all the dry ingredients and continue to mix. Dough should be sticky, but not so sticky that you can't shape it with your hands. If the dough is too sticky, add more flour.
  2. Rub some vegetable oil on your hands. Roll pieces of dough into a finger-shape and then shape into a circle, ribbon, or whatever shape you desire and place onto the pan.
  3. Bake for about 12-15 minutes or until the bottoms are a light golden brown. Allow to cool completely before icing.

To make the icing:

  1. I usually do four colors: pink, blue, green, and yellow. You will need a separate bowl for each color you want. Sift one cup of confectioners' sugar into each bowl. Add about 1 tablespoon of the milk at a time to each bowl and stir. The glaze should be thick enough that when you dip the tops of the cookies into the glaze and put down, most of the glaze remains on the cookie, but not so thick that it clumps and doesn't drizzle down the sides. If the glaze runs off the cookie too quickly or only goes on in a really thin layer, then add additional confectioners' sugar to thicken.
  2. Add a small drop of food coloring to each bowl and stir.
  3. Line your counter with wax paper. Dip the top of each cookie into the icing and then place on the wax paper. Allow for the icing to dry completely before storing into a container. These cookies also freeze well if needed.


63 Responses to “Italian Biscuit Cookies”

  1. #
    Baker Street — March 28, 2012 at 1:38 am

    Food somehow always connects to memories. These cookies look incredibly delicious.

    • Stephanie replied: — March 28th, 2012 @ 11:16 pm

      It really does! Thanks so much!

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    Jennie @themessybakerblog — March 28, 2012 at 8:27 am

    These are too cute, and they look delicious. I love italian cookies.

    • Stephanie replied: — March 28th, 2012 @ 11:13 pm

      Thanks, Jennie!

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    Ridwan — March 28, 2012 at 8:29 am

    Looks Yummy pretty and colorful I want the green one please !! :)

    • Stephanie replied: — March 28th, 2012 @ 11:19 pm

      You can have all the green ones!

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    Kiri W. — March 28, 2012 at 8:59 am

    How interesting! I’m not sure I’ve had cookies quite like these, but they sure look delicious.

    • Stephanie replied: — March 28th, 2012 @ 11:22 pm

      Thanks, Kiri! They are really simple cookies to make!

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    claudia @whats cookin italian cuisine — March 28, 2012 at 9:02 am

    these are gorgeous! Happy Easter!

    • Stephanie replied: — March 28th, 2012 @ 11:25 pm

      Thanks, Claudia!

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    Colleen — March 28, 2012 at 9:29 am

    Hahaha you gotta love big, goofy glasses! These cookies look mouth-watering good. The ones in the first picture look like donuts!

    • Stephanie replied: — March 28th, 2012 @ 11:38 pm

      Oh yes, I love them, lol!

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    Ramona — March 28, 2012 at 9:57 am

    I remember wearing big glass (like Sally Jesse.. remember her)) too. That was the 80’s. I think we all have horrible childhood fashion missteps that we wish we could take back. If we only knew then what we know now. I bet your hubby would still love you even with those glasses…

    I love that these cookies represent you, your mom and grandmother… they are simple beautiful!!

    • Stephanie replied: — March 28th, 2012 @ 11:39 pm

      My mom totally had the big red Sally Jesse glasses!

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    Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking — March 28, 2012 at 11:03 am

    Hey, if they look like donuts then they’re for me! Fabulous cookies, Stephanie. Thanks for sharing your sweet memories, too. “Russia-sized glasses” – HAHA!

    • Stephanie replied: — March 28th, 2012 @ 11:39 pm

      Haha, yeah! They do look like doughnuts!

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    Cookin' Cowgirl — March 28, 2012 at 11:20 am

    These are so stinkin’ cute!! :) The optional lemon extract sounds wonderful!! Buzz!

    • Stephanie replied: — March 28th, 2012 @ 11:40 pm

      Thanks!! I love adding lemon to the icing!

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    Anita at Hungry Couple — March 28, 2012 at 11:54 am

    These biscuits look so fetching. Tempting to eat but almost too pretty to eat :)

    • Stephanie replied: — March 28th, 2012 @ 11:40 pm

      Thank you, Anita!

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    Lisa @ Sweet 2 Eat Baking — March 28, 2012 at 12:57 pm

    Haha, your glasses story made me giggle. I had a similar story in the way that my glasses were also hideous and huge but were still child glasses but I have an, umm, small head.

    The biscuits look lovely and delish. The first pic kinda reminds me of doughnuts, lol. They do look positively yummy though.

    • Stephanie replied: — March 28th, 2012 @ 11:41 pm

      Glad to know I wasn’t the only one with ugly glasses!

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    Tina@flourtrader — March 28, 2012 at 1:38 pm

    These do look fabulous. Lemon cookies do sound great this time of year, but the ones you have made here are more than just any old lemon cookie. The icing no doubt is the perfect topper in taste as well as presentation. Impressive post!

    • Stephanie replied: — March 28th, 2012 @ 11:42 pm

      Thank you, Tina!

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    Tina (PinayInTexas) — March 28, 2012 at 1:52 pm

    I love the colors! So perfect for Easter! And they look delicious too!

    • Stephanie replied: — March 28th, 2012 @ 11:42 pm

      Thanks, Tina!

  14. #
    Cassie — March 28, 2012 at 3:01 pm

    These are so cute Stephanie. And your pictures are awesome!

    • Stephanie replied: — March 28th, 2012 @ 11:46 pm

      Thanks, Cassie!

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    Roxana GreenGirl { A little bit of everything} — March 28, 2012 at 4:00 pm

    these cookies are so cute! love the colorful sprinkles! and the photos are beautiful!

    • Stephanie replied: — March 28th, 2012 @ 11:47 pm

      Thank you, Roxana!

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    Cucina49 — March 28, 2012 at 4:48 pm

    Those are gorgeous, just gorgeous. Love the spring pastel colors. And if we’re talking about bad fashion, let me share my yellow and green striped legwarmer stories with you…

    • Stephanie replied: — March 28th, 2012 @ 11:48 pm

      Thank you! Would love to see those legwarmers! lol

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    Dee at Deelicious Sweets — March 28, 2012 at 5:27 pm

    LOL! There are times I find baking ingredients in places that are odd as well! I don’t even know how it ends up in the places it does…. I was hoping you would post a picture of yourself in your Russia glasses :(

    These Biscuit Cookies are so cute and springy!

    • Stephanie replied: — March 28th, 2012 @ 11:11 pm

      I knooowwww, I don’t have any digital pics or the actual pictures at my house. They are all at my parent’s houses. I think I would have totally posted one though ;P

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    Emily @ Life on Food — March 28, 2012 at 8:40 pm

    These look lovely – I love the pastel frosting. Is that an Easter egg tea towel under there? Cookies that bring so many memories are always the best.

    • Stephanie replied: — March 28th, 2012 @ 11:12 pm

      Yes, it is an Easter egg towel! Got it at Target!

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    Nami | Just One Cookbook — March 28, 2012 at 10:17 pm

    Hi Stephanie! These look SO cute. I first thought it’s donuts when I was about to pin, then realized from the title that it’s cookies! I love the colors and these are just so adorable!!

    • Stephanie replied: — March 28th, 2012 @ 11:12 pm

      Haha, they do totally look like little donuts!!

  20. #
    Linda (Steph's Mom) — March 28, 2012 at 11:24 pm

    The cookies are beautiful, just like you; and my favorites sweets, just like you. Sorry about those glasses. I haven’t recovered from the guilt of allowing you to wear pink Larry King glasses. I had red Sally Jesse Rafael frames right about the same time. Thank goodness for “What Not to Wear.” I’ve learned so much from Stacy and Clinton. Hope the Coach frames I bought for you will help you forget the past.
    Love, Mom

    • Stephanie replied: — March 28th, 2012 @ 11:49 pm

      Thanks, Mom. I am trying to forgive you for letting Grandma get me Larry King glasses.

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    Dianna — March 29, 2012 at 1:03 am

    I’m not familiar with these….are they crispy or cake-like?

    • Stephanie replied: — March 29th, 2012 @ 8:03 am

      Hey Dianna, they are cake-like. Very soft!

  22. #
    purabi naha — March 29, 2012 at 4:46 am

    I loved these lemon cookies….absolutely mouth-watering!

  23. #
    easyfoodsmith — March 29, 2012 at 9:19 am

    These look so pretty and delicious. Food certainly brings back so many memories…some pleasant and some not so pleasant!

  24. #
    Carolyn Jung — March 29, 2012 at 12:09 pm

    How beautiful these are! They almost look like dainty little donuts. I’m in love! ;)

  25. #
    Diana — March 29, 2012 at 1:37 pm

    So if I don’t have any lemon extract, but I have lemons, is that of any use to flavor the icing?

    • Stephanie replied: — March 29th, 2012 @ 1:53 pm

      Hi Diana, you can certainly use lemon juice, but the flavor might not be as strong. If you are planning on adding it to the icing, you will need to cut back on the milk (or you might not need milk at all depending on how much juice you add). Hope this helps!

      • Diana replied: — March 29th, 2012 @ 2:14 pm


  26. #
    Eftychia — March 29, 2012 at 1:55 pm

    Those biscuits look like delicious small doughnuts! So cute!

  27. #
    Kelly @ Inspired Edibles — March 29, 2012 at 9:20 pm

    What a lovely dedication post… the pastel colours on these biscuits are just gorgeous!

  28. #
    Laura — March 29, 2012 at 10:02 pm

    These are delicious. I learned to make them when I was around 8 with the help of my Italian Grandmother. She always put one (in the shape of our initial) in our Easter basket. I will be making them this year with my 6 year old granddaughter…never thought to put sprinkles on them, but Julia will love that idea I’m sure!

    • Stephanie replied: — March 30th, 2012 @ 5:53 pm

      Thank you so much for the sweet comment, Laura. It’s so nice to know other families still make these cookies! We don’t usually put sprinkles, but I spotted the bunny sprinkles at Target and just couldn’t resist!

  29. #
    Anne@FromMySweetHeart — March 29, 2012 at 10:45 pm

    Oh Stephanie! These are just beautiful! They almost look like mini donuts! I just love them. So festive for Easter and spring in general! How nice that you have these childhood memories to continue to inspire you! BEAUTIFUL photography!

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    Anna @ hiddenponies — March 30, 2012 at 12:13 am

    Oooh, this was too funny! I had some truly bad glasses too, and am thankful digital cameras weren’t around yet so the pictures are reasonably limited :) These cookies look amazing, although I already know I’ll have the same icing problem as you…thank you for the warning to go bra-less ;)

  31. #
    Alyssa — March 30, 2012 at 4:03 am

    Very pretty cookies (and pictures too!) I think we all went through that akward phase. I’m sure you looked cute in the glasses though :)

  32. #
    Choc Chip Uru — March 30, 2012 at 8:00 am

    What cute and delicious biscuit cookies – their colours are awesome :D

    Choc Chip Uru
    Latest: Maple Raisin Ice Cream

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    jen — August 28, 2012 at 11:25 am

    any idea of how these would freeze? I’m thinking maybe not so well with the glaze – but could maybe glaze after?

    • Stephanie replied: — August 28th, 2012 @ 1:57 pm

      Jen, they freeze wonderfully! In my family, we often make them ahead of time and then freeze them until we need them. As for the glaze, I think it would be okay. We do another Italian cookie that has a glaze on top and we freeze those as well. When they first come out of the freezer, the glaze may have some condensation, but after they are fully defrosted, the glaze is just fine!

  34. #
    Dianne — June 10, 2014 at 12:26 pm

    we make these lovely little in our family also (we’re Italian :-)) and we use
    anise flavoring……..and they freeze well, if you have any left-over!


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