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Italian Christmas Cookies with Cocoa and Orange Liqueur

Rated as 3.5 out of 5 Stars

"Very good! Decorate cookies with your favorite sprinkles."
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40 m servings 204
Original recipe yields 24 servings


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  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Grease 2 baking sheets.
  2. Sift flour and baking powder together in a bowl. Beat white sugar and butter together in a separate bowl using an electric mixer until smooth and creamy; beat in eggs. Stir creamed butter mixture, cocoa powder, 2 tablespoons liqueur, and 2 teaspoons vanilla extract into flour mixture until dough is just combined.
  3. Turn dough onto a lightly floured work surface and knead, adding flour as needed to keep from dough sticking to your hands. Roll dough, 1 to 2 tablespoons per cookie, in your hands and form a log-shape; twirl log into desired shape. Place cookies on the prepared baking sheet.
  4. Bake in the preheated oven until edges of cookies are lightly browned, about 10 minutes.
  5. Stir confectioners' sugar, 2 tablespoons liqueur, water, and 2 teaspoons vanilla extract together in a bowl until icing is creamy. Dip cookies into icing. Place a piece of waxed paper under a wire rack and place cookies on wire rack to cool.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 204 calories; 5.4 36 3.7 41 122 Full nutrition

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I was so hungry for deeply flavored Chocolate Cookies (without Chocolate Chips or icing) and I had a hard time finding this recipe. These are not just for Christmas, but anytime! They are del...

my cookies are a hit !! made a a lot for xmas day and for new year too