Angeletti (Italian Christmas Cookies)

Traditional Italian Christmas cookies. Store cookies, with waxed paper between layers, in tightly covered containers at room temperature up to 3 days, or in the freezer up to 3 months.

Prep Time:
30 mins
Cook Time:
10 mins
Additional Time:
50 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 30 mins
30 cookies


  • ¾ cup white sugar

  • ½ cup unsalted butter, melted

  • ¼ cup whole milk

  • 3 large eggs

  • 1 ½ teaspoons vanilla extract

  • 3 cups all-purpose flour

  • 1 tablespoon baking powder

  • ¼ teaspoon salt

  • 2 cups confectioners' sugar

  • 3 ½ tablespoons water

  • ½ cup colored candy sprinkles


  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Grease a large cookie sheet.

  2. Whisk together sugar, butter, milk, eggs, and vanilla in a large bowl until blended.

  3. Mix flour, baking powder, and salt in a medium bowl. Add to the wet ingredients and stir until evenly blended. Cover the surface of the dough with plastic wrap or waxed paper and let stand for 5 minutes.

  4. With floured hands, shape dough by level tablespoon into 1-inch balls. Place balls 2 inches apart on the prepared cookie sheet.

  5. Bake in the preheated oven until puffed on top and light brown on the bottom, 7 to 8 minutes. Remove from the oven and transfer cookies to a wire rack to cool, about 30 minutes. Shape remaining dough into cookies and baking instructions.

  6. Whisk together confectioners' sugar and water in a small bowl until blended. Dip the top of each cooled cookie into the glaze, then place on a wire rack set over waxed paper (this will catch any drips.) Immediately sprinkle cookies with candy sprinkles. Allow glaze to set for about 20 minutes.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

148 Calories
4g Fat
25g Carbs
2g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 30
Calories 148
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 4g 6%
Saturated Fat 2g 11%
Cholesterol 27mg 9%
Sodium 62mg 3%
Total Carbohydrate 25g 9%
Dietary Fiber 0g 1%
Total Sugars 13g
Protein 2g
Calcium 27mg 2%
Iron 1mg 4%
Potassium 35mg 1%

* 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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