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Italian Easter Cookies

These Italian Easter cookies are light, fluffy, and full of flavor - perfect for satisfying your sweet tooth!
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 16 minutes
Servings: 24 Cookies
Calories: 199kcal
Author: Wendy


  • 3 ¾ cups all purpose flour
  • 5 teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ cup unsalted butter room temperature
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • 3 eggs room temperature
  • ¼ cup milk
  • ¼ cup vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract

For the Icing

  • ¼ cup milk
  • 2 tablespoons butter melted
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ teaspoon almond extract
  • 2 ½ cup powdered sugar


  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Prepare a large rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour and baking powder. Set aside.
  • In a large mixing bowl, beat the butter for 5 minutes or until creamy. Add the sugar, scraping down the sides, and continue beating until fluffy.
  • Add the eggs, milk, oil, vanilla extract, and almond extract, beating until well blended.
  • Beat the flour mixture into the batter just until blended.
  • Portion the dough into 1 to 2 inch balls. On a lightly floured surface, roll the balls into a 5 inch rope. Twist the rope into a knot. Place the cookies onto the prepared baking sheet.
  • Bake for 10 minutes. Cool completely before icing.
  • To make the icing, mix all of the ingredients together. Invert the cookies and dip in the icing. Immediately add sprinkles if desired.


It's very important that you use room temperature ingredients when making these cookies. 
Store these cookies in an airtight container for up to one week.  Cookies can also be frozen for up to three months. 
You don't need color the icing for these cookies, if you don't want too. 


Serving: 1Cookie | Calories: 199kcal | Carbohydrates: 34g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 34mg | Sodium: 107mg | Potassium: 39mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 19g | Vitamin A: 185IU | Calcium: 63mg | Iron: 1mg