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Italian Christmas Cookies

Italian Christmas Cookies
  • Prep 40 min
  • Total 2 hr 45 min
  • Servings 54

If you’re looking for a global spin on Christmas sugar cookies, this classic Italian version, made with lemon and ricotta, is one you won’t want to miss. ...MORE+ LESS-

Ingredients

Cookies

2 1/2
cups Gold Medal™ all-purpose flour
2
teaspoons baking powder
1/2
teaspoon salt
1 1/4
cups granulated sugar
1/2
cup butter, softened
1/3
cup whole milk ricotta cheese (from 15-oz container)
2
teaspoons grated lemon peel
2
eggs
1
teaspoon vanilla

Frosting

2 1/4
cups powdered sugar
3
to 4 tablespoons lemon juice
Betty Crocker™ gel food colors, as desired
Betty Crocker™ candy sprinkles, as desired

Steps

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  • 1
    Heat oven to 350°F. In small bowl, stir flour, baking powder and salt.
  • 2
    In large bowl, beat granulated sugar, softened butter, ricotta cheese and lemon peel with electric mixer on medium speed about 1 minute or until fluffy; scrape side of bowl. Beat in eggs, one at a time, just until smooth. Stir in vanilla. On low speed, beat flour mixture into sugar mixture until well blended. Cover and refrigerate 30 minutes.
  • 3
    Using floured fingers, shape dough into 54 (1-inch) balls; place 2 inches apart on ungreased cookie sheets. Bake 9 to 11 minutes or until set but not brown. Cool 2 minutes; remove from cookie sheets to cooling rack. Cool completely, about 15 minutes.
  • 4
    In small bowl, beat powdered sugar and 3 tablespoons lemon juice with spoon until smooth and spreadable. If frosting is too stiff to spread, add additional lemon juice, 1 teaspoon at a time. Tint with food color. Using knife, spread 1/2 teaspoon frosting on each cooled cookie; immediately top with sprinkles. Let stand about 30 minutes or until frosting is set. Store covered in airtight container at room temperature.

Expert Tips

  • Ricotta cookies with lemon are a traditional Italian Christmas dessert.
  • Whole milk ricotta is recommended for success of this recipe.
  • For even baking, make sure cookies are the same shape and size.

Nutrition Information

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1 Cookie
Calories
80
Calories from Fat
20
% Daily Value
Total Fat
2g
3%
Saturated Fat
1 1/2g
6%
Trans Fat
0g
Cholesterol
10mg
4%
Sodium
55mg
2%
Potassium
10mg
0%
Total Carbohydrate
14g
5%
Dietary Fiber
0g
0%
Sugars
10g
Protein
1g
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
0%
0%
Vitamin C
0%
0%
Calcium
0%
0%
Iron
0%
0%
Exchanges:
0 Starch; 0 Fruit; 1 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 0 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 1/2 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choice
1
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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