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Italian Easter Cookie Recipe

Spring is here and Easter is around the corner these traditional Italian Easter cookies are perfect for this special occasion.

Italian Easter Cookie Recipe

Ingredients for dough

  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 cup confectioners’ sugar
  • 2 1/2 cups unbleached All-Purpose Flour


  • 1 cup (4 ounces) confectioners’ or glazing sugar
  • 4 teaspoons milk
  • 4 teaspoons light corn syrup
  • Sprinkles


Beat together the oil, butter, eggs, vanilla, salt, baking powder, and sugar until smooth. Add the flour, beating until smooth. Refrigerate the dough for at least one hour, or overnight. 

Scoop the dough into 2 teaspoon-size balls; a teaspoon cookie scoop works perfectly here. Roll the balls into logs about 4 inches long and about 1/2 inch in diameter. Coil into doughnut shapes, leaving a small hole in the middle. 

Place the shaped cookies on lightly greased baking sheets, leaving about 1 inch between them.

Bake them in a preheated 350°F oven for about 18 minutes. They may have the merest hint of golden color on top, but they won’t be brown. Remove them from the oven, and transfer them to a rack to cool completely before icing. 

Icing for the cookies: Put 1/4 cup of confectioners’ sugar into each of the four bowls. Add 1 teaspoon of milk and 1 teaspoon of corn syrup to each bowl. Stir until you’ve made a soft, spreadable icing, adding more milk if necessary. Tint the icing in each bowl a different color. Dip the top of each cookie in one of the icings. Sprinkle with sugar decorations. Allow the frosting to harden before storing the cookies. Yield: 3 1/2 dozen cookies.

If you want a little chocolate in your diet try this recipe: Dark Chocolate Strawberry Shortcakes or Easter and Colored Eggs.

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As the founder and managing director of Destination Sitters, LLC, an entrepreneur for over 35 years, and the mother of two children, I strongly believe that family comes first. Especially when traveling away from home, there is nothing like the peace of mind that comes from getting great professional help to care for your children. I and my partners, along with our office staff, have that one goal in mind with everything we do.

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