These holiday cookies are perfect for people of any age. They are good as a quick snack or dessert. Don't worry, they are not balls of butter. They are smooth, chewy, and delicious cookies. This is an old family recipe that is loved by all. Hopefully you like them too!

Recipe Summary

prep:
15 mins
cook:
10 mins
additional:
30 mins
total:
55 mins
Servings:
48
Yield:
48 cookies
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Ingredients

48
Original recipe yields 48 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat an oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease a baking sheet.

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  • Beat together the butter and 3/4 cup confectioners' sugar with an electric mixer in a large bowl until smooth. Add the egg, vanilla extract, and almond extract. Stir together the flour, baking powder, and salt in a bowl and mix into the butter mixture until just incorporated. Shape the dough into 1-inch balls and arrange on the prepared baking sheet spaced about 2 inches apart.

  • Bake in the preheated oven until firm, about 10 minutes. Cool on the sheet for 10 minutes before removing to cool completely on a wire rack.

  • Spread the 1/4 cup confectioners sugar on a plate; roll the cooled cookies in the confectioners' sugar to coat.

Nutrition Facts

43 calories; protein 0.6g 1% DV; carbohydrates 5.6g 2% DV; fat 2.1g 3% DV; cholesterol 9mg 3% DV; sodium 35.5mg 1% DV. Full Nutrition

Reviews (28)

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
07/02/2009
Love this recipe. They were very easy to make and eveyone at the party thought they were wonderful. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
12/20/2010
These cookies are nothing like the italian cookies I would get in NY at the bakeries. They taste okay a little on the dry side. Will keep looking for a better recipe. Read More
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  • 5 star values: 28
  • 4 star values: 12
  • 3 star values: 2
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
07/02/2009
Love this recipe. They were very easy to make and eveyone at the party thought they were wonderful. Read More
(18)
Rating: 5 stars
04/05/2010
Being married to a man who is 100% Italian brings about challenges when trying to find a "true" Italian recipe. I have had these cookies at various family functions and I have to say that this recipe is as close as it gets! My mother-in-law actually thought that I purchased these from a local Italian market! Excellent recipe and VERY easy to make! Read More
(15)
Rating: 5 stars
10/06/2009
I needed to make something for a church social with an Italian theme. These were easy and quick. The look and taste great. I doubled the recipe and used a small disher to measure them out. Use a small shalow bowl to "roll" the tops in the powered surgar. I am looking forward to trying them with lemon juice instead of the almond extract as a variant. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
06/03/2009
Easy to make and tastes great although no matter how I tried I could only get 36 cookies from the recipe not 48 as indicated. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/14/2009
I added crushed walnuts to the recipie...just like my Italian grandmother used make. Delicious! Read More
(9)
Rating: 5 stars
05/04/2010
These cookies are delicious!! I needed a recipe for an Italian themed youth group dinner and chose this cookie. Fabulous!!!! I did not get 48 cookies out of one batch but 36. Thanks!!!!?I also sifted the confec.sugar over the cookies and they are so pretty!! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/23/2010
these were yummy! i added in mini chocolate chips and chopped maraschino cherries (dried off with a paper towel) to the batter and it adds a little extra yumminess!:) Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/14/2009
My family loved this recipe! PErfect for a get-together! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/24/2009
Delicious and easy! Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
12/20/2010
These cookies are nothing like the italian cookies I would get in NY at the bakeries. They taste okay a little on the dry side. Will keep looking for a better recipe. Read More
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