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Addicting Italian almond Christmas cookies coated with red and green colored sprinkles next to a bowl of icing.

Italian Almond Christmas Cookies

Lauren Regnier
Easy and addicting Italian Christmas cookies with almond icing and a festive crunchy colored-sugar coating.
Prep Time 25 mins
Cooling Time 30 mins
Total Time 55 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine Italian


For the cookies

  • 3 cups all-purpose flour + extra, if dough is sticky
  • 1 tbsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup canola oil or coconut oil
  • 1 tsp vanilla

For the almond icing

  • 2 cups powdered sugar sifted
  • 2-4 tbsp milk
  • 1 tsp almond extract


For the cookies

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease two cookie sheets and set aside.
  • In a medium mixing bowl stir flour, baking powder and salt together with a whisk and set aside. In a large mixing bowl beat eggs, sugar, oil, and vanilla together with a hand mixer until well combined.
  • Slowly add the flour mixture to the wet ingredients until a dough forms. You may have to finish mixing it by hand if it gets too sticky for the beaters. ¬†Add a little more flour to the dough if it's still sticky after everything is mixed in.
  • Roll the dough into 1-inch balls and place 2 inches apart on the prepared cookie sheets. Bake for 10-15 minutes or until bottom of cookie is golden brown. The tops will be pale and cracked. Let cookies cool completely on a cooling rack before icing.

For the icing

  • For the icing, sift 2 cups of flour into a mixing bowl. Add the almond extract and milk 1 tbsp at a time, until it's the consistency you want. I like a thicker icing, so I used about 3 tbsp. Add a couple drops of food coloring to the icing if you want it colored.
  • When cookies are cool, keep them on the cooling rack and put a cookie sheet underneath to catch the frosting. Icing them on the cooling rack allows the frosting to drip off the cookie for a cleaner look. Frost with a thick layer of icing and decorate with lots of sprinkles!


*To store, place decorated cookies in layers separated by wax paper in an airtight container for up to three days. OR freeze undecorated cookies for up to three months. Thaw cookies before decorating.
Keyword Christmas cookies