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Uncle Frank's Italian "S" Cookies

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"This cookie has been a tradition for several generations in my Sicilian family. Our Uncle Frank always made them for us. They are thought to be a Christmas cookie, but he would make them all year long. Sometimes instead of sprinkles he would top them with sesame seeds."
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35 m servings 137
Original recipe yields 36 servings (36 cookies)


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  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Mix flour, sugar, shortening, milk, eggs, baking powder, and almond extract in a bowl by hand until smooth.
  3. Form dough into a 1-inch thick log. Cut small portions and roll into 3-inch long pieces, then shape into "S" shapes. Place on the prepared cookie sheet.
  4. Bake in the preheated oven until edges are golden, 10 to 15 minutes. Cool on the baking sheet briefly before removing to a wire rack to cool completely.


  • Cook's Notes:
  • You can use vanilla extract for almond extract, and 4 small eggs instead of 3 large eggs. 3 large or 4 small eggs
  • Make an optional frosting by mixing confectioners' sugar and milk, as needed, until smooth. Stir in 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract. Frost top of cookie and, if desired, sprinkle with decoration sprinkles. Let air dry and enjoy.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 137 calories; 6.3 17.7 2.2 16 61 Full nutrition

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