Italian Christmas Cookies & Recipes Italian Cookies Recipes


Hello everyone.

Being born in Apulia, since childhood I have always loved almond cookies.

Especially the soft ones, to dunk in milk in the morning.

This is my recipe, to make fantastic soft almond cookies.

Let me know if you like them!!!





Yield: 15 cookies

  • 8 oz whole blanched almonds;
  • 1/2 cup of granulated sugar;
  • 2 large egg whites;
  • ½ tsp almond extract
  • ½ tsp lemon extract
  • zest of 1 unwasched lemon
  • 1/4 cup of icing sugar



Put almonds in food processor and pulse until a granular, dry paste is formed (not butter-like).


Add all other ingredients except icing ‘sugar’ and pulse again a few more seconds.




Scoop the mixture onto a work surface and knead it to ensure all ingredients are well combined.


Put icing ‘sugar’ in a separate bowl.



Wearing disposable gloves, take a blob of the ‘dough’, roll it between your palms to form a 3.5cm (1.5″) truffle-size ball, and set it on a plate or tray.


Repeat until you have obtained 15 balls.


Dip each ball in icing ‘sugar’, coating all around, and transfer to a lined baking tray, then pinch with thumb, fore and middle fingers, to give it a non-uniform, pebble-like shape.


Refrigerate for at least 4 hours or overnight.

Pre-heat oven to 350 F and bake cookies for 12 minutes or until they start to become golden.

Let cool, roll in icing ‘sugar’ and serve.



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