7 Favorite Italian Holiday Cookies


7 Favorite Italian Holiday Cookies are the best and most authentic Italian Christmas desserts for your annual cookie trays!

7 Favorite Italian Holiday Cookies are the best and most authentic Italian Christmas desserts for your annual cookie trays!

I strongly believe that no holiday can be complete without an array of colorful, buttery, sweet cookies to devour and share.  I am Italian, so it’s no surprise that I do tend to gravitate towards baking and cooking more Italian dishes than any other cuisine out there.  For a couple of years now, I’ve been wanting to put together a post that has all of my favorite holiday Italian cookies together in one place so here is my list of 7 Favorite Italian Holiday Cookies. I realize over the years that many people solely bake Italian desserts for Christmas with maybe a few extras thrown in there.

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Come on, Italian cookies are the best, are they not? So, here are my carefully selected all-time favorites.  I narrowed it down to 7 to keep the list short and sweet (no pun intended). A couple of them (the “S” cookies and the Macaroons) come from my husband’s late Italian grandmother who always made the best cookies.  The Ricotta Peach cookies were actually a recipe I recreated from a cookie I had in Italy when we went to visit family back in 2007. My husband’s relatives owned a bakery and gave up a bunch of them to take home when we left to come back to the U.S.  I vowed to recreate them at home if it was the last thing I did. It only took me 9 years to do!

I’m sure many of you have holiday traditions that center around the foods your grandmother or mother made while you were growing up, so you might even find some of your favorites in this list of 7 Favorite Italian Holiday Cookies . Enjoy, my friends!

Italian Ricotta Cookies

The best recipe for Italian Ricotta Cookies that are cake-like, sweet, will be great for a Christmas cookie exchange!

Italian Anisette “S” Cookies

Old recipe for Italian Anisette Cookies, or "S" cookies, just like my husband's grandma used to make. These have icing and sprinkles on them and will be a great addition to your holiday cookie trays.

Italian Ricotta “Peach” Cookies

Italian Ricotta "Peach" Cookies with a sweet ricotta filling will look beautiful on your holiday cookie trays & are a show-stopping dessert recipe for any occasion!

Italian Lemon Drop Cookies

Italian Lemon Drop Cookies {Anginetti}, also known as Lemon Knot Cookies, are a fun cookie recipe for spring with the perfect amount of lemon flavor. A great Italian dessert!

Grandma’s Italian Almond Macaroons

Grandmas Almond Macaroons Italian Cookie Recipe for Christmas or any holiday

Chocolate-Covered Almond Biscotti

Chocolate Almond Biscotti are twice-baked Italian cookies paired with orange zest, toasted almonds and melted, smooth chocolate. Absolutely delicious for the holidays or any occasion.

Chocolate Chip Almond Biscotti

Chocolate Chip Almond Mandel Bread. A Jewish tradition for passover that's similar to biscotti!

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These are a few of my favorite things: cooking, baking, Broadway musicals, cruises, Disney World, Christmas, thunderstorms, 80's and country music, and my favorite pastime has ALWAYS been baseball. Go Yankees!

6 Responses to “7 Favorite Italian Holiday Cookies”

  1. December 14, 2016 at 7:45 AM #

    I remember seeing several of these before…and I’m really glad you posted them again! I’ve been tasked with making a cookie platter for a party, and your timing here is perfect. Also, 9 years to recreate that recipe? You are awesome, Ashley! #Respect Also, if there are any leftovers, I’ll gladly “dispose” of them for you. 🙂

  2. December 14, 2016 at 10:17 AM #

    Totally agree Italian cookies are the best! Never met one I didn’t like. Wonderful selection — but I’m a sucker for anything lemon, so you know which one I have my eye on. 🙂 BTW, I’m taking off for the rest of the year, so I want to wish you happy holidays!

  3. December 14, 2016 at 4:05 PM #

    Yup, those Italian Ricotta Cookies are the BEST!! I love this collection, Ashley! How fun if we could bake together!!

  4. December 14, 2016 at 4:16 PM #

    LOVE this! And cookies from your’s husband’s grandma? Totally checking those out!

  5. December 14, 2016 at 7:42 PM #

    What a great collection of cookies!

  6. December 16, 2016 at 12:04 PM #

    Those ricotta cookies look like perfection. Happy holidays!

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