Buttery Italian Easter Cookies Recipe

Heavenly Bites: Savor the Tradition with Buttery Italian Easter Cookies

Preparation Phase & Tools To Use

  • Mixing bowls
  • Hand mixer or stand mixer
  • Cookie sheets
  • Cooling rack
  • Piping bag (optional, for icing)
  • Measuring cups and spoons


  • 3 cups all-purpose flour: The base of the dough.
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar: Adds sweetness.
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder: Helps the cookies rise.
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt: Balances the sweetness.
  • 3/4 cup unsalted butter, softened: Provides a rich, buttery flavor.
  • 3 large eggs: Binds the dough and adds richness.
  • 1 tablespoon milk: Adds moisture to the dough.
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract: Enhances flavor.
  • For the icing:
    • 2 cups powdered sugar
    • 3-4 tablespoons milk
    • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Sprinkles or colored sugar (for decoration)

Step-By-Step Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C) and line cookie sheets with parchment paper.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt.
  3. Add softened butter, eggs, milk, and vanilla extract to the dry ingredients. Beat with a mixer until well combined into a soft dough.
  4. Shape the dough into desired shapes (often twisted or formed into rings) and place on prepared cookie sheets.
  5. Bake for 8-10 minutes or until the edges are just golden.
  6. Remove from the oven and cool on a wire rack.
  7. For the icing, whisk together powdered sugar, milk, and vanilla extract until smooth. Adjust the consistency with more milk or powdered sugar if needed.
  8. Once cookies are cool, drizzle or spread the icing over them and decorate with sprinkles or colored sugar.
  9. Allow the icing to set before serving.

Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cooking Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

Kcal: Approximately 160 kcal per cookie
Servings: 24 cookies

Nutritional Information & Health Benefits

  • Source of energy from carbohydrates and fats.
  • Contains small amounts of calcium and protein.
  • The butter provides some vitamins like A and E.

Common Mistakes To Avoid & How to Perfect the Recipe

  • Overworking the dough: Mix just until ingredients are combined to keep the cookies tender.
  • Overbaking: Bake until just golden to maintain a soft texture.
  • Icing consistency: Ensure the icing is thick enough to coat the cookies but thin enough to spread easily.

Conclusion Buttery Italian Easter Cookies are a delightful treat that embodies the joy and renewal of spring. These cookies, with their tender crumb and sweet icing, are perfect for Easter celebrations or as a delightful snack with tea or coffee. Enjoy the tradition and taste of Italy in every bite with these homemade cookies!

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