Italian Biscuit Cookies

Italian Biscuit Cookies

This weekend we are baptizing our sweet baby girl. Family is flying in from all over the country and I couldn’t be more excited to celebrate this special day with our loved ones! Special occasions like this make me think about family traditions. And with Easter coming up, these Italian Biscuit Cookies are the perfect recipe to share! My family has been making these cookies for as long as I can remember every Easter. We always make them for Easter, but you can really make them for any holiday and just do whatever icing colors and sprinkles you want. They are pretty easy to make and fun to decorate with the family. I have a lot of fond memories decorating these cookies and coloring Easter eggs growing up and I can’t wait to carry on the tradition with my own little girl!

Italian Biscuit Cookies are more of a plain cookie, but by no means are they boring! They are nice and soft with just the right amount of sweetness. I really like to enjoy one of these cookies with a nice cup of coffee any time of the day! Yes, even for breakfast!

Italian Biscuit Cookies

Yield: 3 dozen cookies

Italian Biscuit Cookies

Italian Biscuit Cookies

Italian Biscuit Cookies - The classic Italian cookie! Soft cookies topped with powdered sugar glaze. One of my family's favorite Easter traditions!

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Additional Time 10 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. Preheat oven to 350 F. 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.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:

1 cookie

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 164Total Fat: 6gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 31mgSodium: 59mgCarbohydrates: 26gFiber: 0gSugar: 16gProtein: 2g

Italian Biscuit Cookies

Italian Biscuit Cookies



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

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

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

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

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

  6. 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!!

  7. 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!

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

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

  10. 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.

  11. 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!

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

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

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

  15. 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…

  16. 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!

    • 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

  17. 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.

  18. 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!!

  19. Stephanie,
    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

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

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

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

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

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

    • 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!

  25. Those biscuits look like delicious small doughnuts! So cute!

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

  27. 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!

    • 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!

  28. 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!

  29. 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 ;)

  30. 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 :)

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

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

    • 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!

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  37. 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!

  38. I hope you have a wonderful weekend celebrating!! These cookies look delicious!

  39. Nice and pretty! Love the pastel colours!!

    Julie & Alesah
    Gourmet Getaways xx

  40. Congrats on the baptism, Stephanie! I hope it was a success and a great time with your family and extended family. In the meantime, I need to hop into this family tradition by making these cookies, because they look so buttery, tender and delicious! And PS – I love your photos!

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  42. What temp do you bake the Italian cookies at? Thank you

  43. What temperature for the Italian biscuit cookie?

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