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!
Yield: 3 dozen cookies
Italian Biscuit Cookies
Prep Time20 minutes
Cook Time15 minutes
Additional Time10 minutes
Total Time45 minutes
Italian Biscuit Cookies - The classic Italian cookie! Soft cookies topped with powdered sugar glaze. One of my family's favorite Easter traditions!
For the cookies:
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
lemon extract (optional)
To make the cookies:
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.
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.
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:
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.
Add a small drop of food coloring to each bowl and stir.
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.