12 Delicious Italian Christmas Cookie Recipes To Make During The Holidays

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My grandmother on my father’s side was Italian, so I was lucky enough to grow up eating homemade lasagna, spaghetti and meatballs, risotto, and of course, classic Italian baking. Every year around the holidays, my grandmother would make each family member a tin of assorted Italian Christmas cookies. My cousins and I have carried on the tradition, and are still making her recipes today. If you’re looking for some tried and true, festive, and delicious Italian Christmas cookie recipes to whip up this holiday season, look no further than this list!

1. Amaretti

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Amaretti (or Italian almond cookies) are slightly crunchy on the outside and soft and chewy on the inside. Delicious!

2. Chocolate Toto Cookies

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Chocolate toto cookies are traditional Italian cookies with walnuts, mini, chocolate chips, cocoa, and a hint of orange.

3. Pizzelle

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I’m willing to bet that anyone who’s Italian reading this list has had their fair share of pizzelle cookies. This traditional waffle-style cookie is prettily patterned and oh so sweet.

4. Italian Thumbprint Cookies

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Italian thumbprint cookies are essentially traditional shortbread topped with assorted flavors of jam. They’ve always been one of my favorites!

5. Cucidati

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Cucidati (or Italian fig cookies) involve stuffing a buttery dough with sweet fig filling, then drizzling a lemon glaze over top. Is anyone else’s mouth watering yet?

6. Italian Wedding Cookies

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Don’t let the name of this recipe fool you! Italian wedding cookies are a sweet and delicious recipe to make during the holidays.

7. Italian Biscotti

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Italian biscotti is a classic and crunchy Italian treat. Dunk it in coffee or tea, and it’s even better!

8. Tiramisu Cookies

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If you like the soft, fluffy, coffee-infused flavors of traditional tiramisu, you’ll love tiramisu in cookie form!

9. Italian Ricotta Cookies

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You may think it sounds odd to include ricotta cheese in a cookie recipe, but you won’t taste the ricotta at all. The ricotta simply adds a super soft, moist, and fluffy quality to the cookies!

10. Italian Lemon Drop Cookies

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If you like lemon-flavored treats, this recipe is for you! Italian lemon cookies are an extremely popular recipe around the holidays.

11. Baci di Dama

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Baci di Dama (or Italian hazelnut cookies) involve sandwiching a dollop of chocolate between two hazelnut cookies. Delicious!

12. Italian Spumoni Cookies

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Italian spumoni cookies are essentially an elevated chocolate chip cookie. They’re soft, filled with yummy flavors, and the perfect treat for the holiday season!