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italian christmas cookies Recipe

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nora hummel



2 1/2 cups flour
2 tsp baking powder
scant 1/2 tsp salt
1/2 cup softened butter
1/3 cup ricotta cheese
2 tsp grated lemon peel (i do this on a micro plane so it is very fine)
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla

in a mixer combine butter and sugar til fluffy
add ricotta and lemon peel mix until combined
add in eggs one at a time til smooth
(make sure to scrape the sides of the bowl so that everything is mixed in)
slowly add the flour into the batter

when combine refrigerate cookie dough until ready to bake (at least 1/2 hour but i like to do the dough a day ahead so that it has had time to relax

when ready to bake preheat oven to 350

line baking sheets with parchment paper (or use ungreased cookie sheets)

flour your hands

roll about a tablespoon of the dough between your hands and place on sheets about two inches apart

bake for about 15 minutes turning trays every five minutes so they bake evenly

even change the rack they are on if your oven has serious hot spots

when the cookies are done (very slightly brown or just turning brown on the edges) remove the sheets and let cool on a rack when just warm to the touch take cookies off the cookie pans and put on racks to cool

bake all cookie before the next step


2 to 2 1/4 cup confectioner sugar

4-5 tablespoons lemon juice

mix the confectioner sugar and 4 tablespoons of the lemon juice together

taste the mixture if you like the lemon flavor to be a little stronger add the other tablespoon

if the icing is to thin add a bit more confectioner sugar

when the cookies are completely cooled ice the cookies and decorate with sprinkles

(i use the back of a spoon so that the cookie has just enough icing to hold the sprinkles)

if you have help have one person ice and and the other person can decorate
otherwise only ice a few at a time because the icing will set up and you want to make sure your decorations will stay on

Number Of Servings:
Number Of Servings:
about 30-40 cookies it will depend on how much dough you use for each cookie
Preparation Time:
Preparation Time:
15 minutes for prep and then about 15 minutes for cooking
Personal Notes:
Personal Notes:
not all of the cookies have to be iced not all of the cookies have to have sprinkles

i also think you can do this with orange peel and lemon juice

this cookie goes great with coffee even when not iced




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