Italian Easter Cookies


These Easter cookies are delicious and look beautiful with colored icing and sprinkles.

Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
30 mins
4 dozen

These Italian Easter cookies are light and fluffy with a subtly sweet vanilla- and almond-flavored icing. What's not to love?

Easter Cookie Ingredients

These are the ingredients you'll need to make this top-rated Easter cookie recipe:

· For the cookies: sugar, butter, eggs, milk, vegetable oil, vanilla and almond extracts, all-purpose flour, and baking powder
· For the icing: confectioners' sugar, butter, vanilla and almond extracts, milk, food coloring, and sprinkles

How to Make Easter Cookies

You'll find the full, step-by-step recipe below — but here's a brief overview of what you can expect when you make Italian Easter cookies at home:

1. Make the cookie dough.
2. Roll the cookie dough into balls, then roll the balls into ropes.
3. Tie the ropes into loose knots.
4. Bake the cookies in a preheated oven until golden brown.
5. Make the icing, then dip the cooled cookies into the icing.

How to Store Easter Cookies

Store the Italian Easter cookies in an airtight container at room temperature for up to one week. You can freeze Italian Easter cookies for up to three months, but it's best to freeze them before you add the icing.

Allrecipes Community Tips and Praise

"These are yummy," according to jacebanty, "They taste like a sugar cookie, but a little smaller, fluffier and slightly more bland, which is perfect with the sweet frosting."

"Delicious," says Koekje. "I wish I could give it more stars. This is a REAL winner. I made only a dozen to test the recipe. I think these cookies can be made without the icing and served with a sweet hot drink."

"These were so incredibly moist and delicious," raves stanleyandsammiesmom. "They were gone by the next morning! Will definitely make them again!"

Editorial contributions by Corey Williams



  • 1 ¾ cups white sugar

  • ½ cup butter

  • 3 eggs

  • ¼ cup milk

  • ¼ cup vegetable oil

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

  • 1 teaspoon almond extract

  • 3 ¾ cups all-purpose flour

  • 5 teaspoons baking powder


  • 4 cups confectioners' sugar

  • ½ cup butter, softened

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

  • 1 teaspoon almond extract

  • 3 tablespoons milk

  • 3 drops red food coloring (Optional)

  • candy sprinkles (Optional)


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Lightly grease cookie sheets.

  2. To make the cookies: Beat sugar and butter in a large bowl with an electric mixer until smooth. Add eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition. Stir in milk, oil, vanilla, and almond extract. Combine flour and baking powder; stir into milk mixture to form a dough.

  3. Roll dough into 1-inch balls; roll the balls out on a lightly floured surface into 5-inch long ropes. Bring one end over the other, then underneath and through the middle, like a loose knot; place cookies 1 inch apart on the prepared cookie sheets.

  4. Bake in the preheated oven until the bottoms of the cookies are golden brown, about 5 minutes on the bottom shelf, then 5 minutes on the top shelf. Transfer cookies to a wire rack to cool completely.

  5. To make the icing: Beat confectioners' sugar, butter, vanilla, and almond extract with an electric mixer in a large bowl until smooth; beat in milk, one tablespoon at a time. Add food coloring and stir until well combined.

  6. Dip cooled cookies upside down into the icing then sprinkle with candy sprinkles.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

137 Calories
5g Fat
21g Carbs
2g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 48
Calories 137
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 5g 7%
Saturated Fat 3g 14%
Cholesterol 22mg 7%
Sodium 83mg 4%
Total Carbohydrate 21g 8%
Dietary Fiber 0g 1%
Total Sugars 13g
Protein 2g
Calcium 34mg 3%
Iron 1mg 3%
Potassium 18mg 0%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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