This recipe is from my Italian mother-in-law. She refers to them as spoon cookies because most Italian cookies are shaped and these are just dropped from a spoon. They're usually seen at Christmas.

Janet
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Ingredients

6
Original recipe yields 6 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Line baking sheets with parchment paper.

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  • Cream the butter or margarine with the white sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in the vanilla and eggs and mix well. Stir in the baking powder and flour. Drop dough by rounded spoonfuls onto the prepared baking sheets. In a small bowl beat milk into the confectioners' sugar a tablespoon at a time until it is of a drizzling consistency.

  • Bake at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) for about 10 minutes. Let cookies cool then drizzle with confectioners' sugar and milk glaze then sprinkle with candy sprinkles.

Partner Tip

Reynolds® parchment can be used for easier cleanup/removal from the pan.

Nutrition Facts

1056.4 calories; 17.8 g protein; 160.5 g carbohydrates; 268.2 mg cholesterol; 620.9 mg sodium. Full Nutrition

Reviews (22)

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 4 stars
12/04/2007
I Loved these cookies I just added a little more butter Softness sweetness Cook time a litle longer 3-6 mins more took me 30 min. for the frist batch to be done and very easy to change. You can add almost anything you want & these cookie will taste great. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
03/20/2008
These have a nice texture but the flavor is a little bland. They need some salt to offset the sugar and next time I'd try some different extracts like anise or orange. Read More
(4)
29 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 14
  • 4 star values: 10
  • 3 star values: 3
  • 2 star values: 2
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 4 stars
12/04/2007
I Loved these cookies I just added a little more butter Softness sweetness Cook time a litle longer 3-6 mins more took me 30 min. for the frist batch to be done and very easy to change. You can add almost anything you want & these cookie will taste great. Read More
(17)
Rating: 4 stars
10/29/2003
These were good and freezed well too. I think they may be even better if you substituted almond extract for the vanilla. Read More
(16)
Rating: 4 stars
12/13/2003
I needed a recipe for a bridal shower I was catering and the only thing they said they wanted was "Italian cookies" - so I hunted and tried this one - it's amazing! The cookies are nice and moist and if you add some flavoring to the icing they are even better! I used a dual-handled ice cream scoop and they came out in perfect mounds! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/15/2003
Add a teaspoon of anise instead of vanilla to the mix and you will love these cookies even more!! Read More
(10)
Rating: 4 stars
01/13/2004
These cookies were decent but not as flavorful as I had hoped. The good news is that I was able to rescue them with a PERFECT icing recipe: combine 5 C. confectionary sugar 6 Tbs water 1 1/2 Tbs fresh lemon juice and 1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract. Mix all ingredients in a saucepan over low heat. Dip cookie tops in icing and let the extra drip back into the pan. Also I noticed that you really must let these cookies bake all the way through. Otherwise they will be shrivelled on the top rather than full and round. They also get hard very fast so either store them or eat them asap! Read More
(9)
Rating: 5 stars
02/02/2004
I made these at Christmas and put them on platters of cookies I give away to family and friends. They were easy to make and because you can decorate them without a lot of effort they looked great on the platters. They coud be decorated for any occasion not just Christmas. They were not too sweet and I will be making them again next year! Thanks Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
10/15/2003
very good and very easy to work with dough. I think next time I will use another frosting though did not care for the glaze. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/06/2007
Just delicious!! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/04/2010
so good like others I added almond. they were gone so fast and my boyfriend raved about them to everyone Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
03/20/2008
These have a nice texture but the flavor is a little bland. They need some salt to offset the sugar and next time I'd try some different extracts like anise or orange. Read More
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