Tender Italian Sugar Cookies- 12 Days of Cookies

Growing up, Christmas was a huge gathering at my paternal grandmother's house.   The aunts and my grandmother would cook and bake for days leading up to the holiday.   All I remember is the desserts  :)  Pizzelles, rosettes, tarts, totos and sugar cookies with icing and sprinkles.   I've searched for years trying to find that sugar cookie recipe!    These Tender Italian Sugar Cookies are from Taste of Home, and while they are not exactly like the ones I remember growing up, they are delicious and easy to make.

I made zero changes to this recipe.  I used a cookie scoop to get uniform balls.    The base cookie isn't very sweet, but is balanced nicely with the icing.    You could easily change up the extracts if you wanted to.    Thank you so much to Weda M for the recipe!

* Exported from MasterCook *

                       Tender Italian Sugar Cookies

     3/4           cup  shortening
     3/4           cup  sugar
  3   Eggs
  1           teaspoon  vanilla extract
  3               cups  all-purpose flour
  3          teaspoons  baking powder
     1/8      teaspoon  salt
     1/4           cup  milk
  2        tablespoons  butter -- melted
     1/2      teaspoon  vanilla extract
  2 1/2           cups  confectioners' sugar
                        Food coloring and coarse sugar -- optional

    In a large bowl, cream shortening and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs and vanilla. Combine the flour, baking powder and salt; gradually add to creamed mixture and mix well.
    Shape dough into 1-1/2-in. balls. Place 1 in. apart on ungreased baking sheets. Bake at 400° for 8-10 minutes or until lightly browned. Remove to wire racks to cool.
    For icing, in a small bowl, combine the milk, butter, vanilla and confectioners' sugar until smooth. Tint with food coloring if desired. Dip the tops of cookies in icing; allow excess to drip off. Sprinkle with coarse sugar if desired. Place on waxed paper; let stand until set. Yield: 3 dozen.

Originally published as Tender Italian Sugar Cookies in Taste of Home's Holiday & Celebrations Cookbook Annual 2006, p11


      Welcome to the 12 Days of Cookies, hosted by Family Around the Table and Cooking With Carlee.  We will be filling the season with all kinds of delicious cookies.  Be sure to check out some of the recipes below or you can follow along on Facebook or Twitter by searching #ChristmasCookies.  We also have a 12 Days of Cookies Pinterest board where you can see all of the goodness!  May your holidays be sweet!

Day 5

Chocolate Mint Thumbrints from The Freshman Cook
Clint's Favorite Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies from Cooking With Carlee
Lemon Sprinkles from A Palatable Pastime
Mocha Drop Cookies from Cindy's Recipes and Writings
Oatmeal Raisin Almond Cookies from Feeding Big
Peanut Butter Truffle Cookies from Family Around the Table
Pebber Nodder from A Day in the Life on the Farm
Spritz Cookies from The Chef Next Door
Tender Italian Sugar Cookies from Jolene's Recipe Journal


  1. I have always wanted to make these cookies. Now I think I'll make your recipe. They look so pretty.

    1. It's one of those old fashioned cookies that instantly get the memories going :)

  2. Replies
    1. I've got an amazing sprinkle collection! It's my son's favorite thing to help with, even now that he's a grouchy teenager :)

  3. Nothing better than a bite of memories.....

  4. ooh now I bet those just melt in your mouth! I'd have a hard time not eating more than one! Thanks for sharing at Celebrate365 Cooke Exchange!


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