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Italian Wedding Cookies (anginetti)

Makes 30 cookies
Course Dessert
Cuisine Italian
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 27 minutes
Servings 30 cookies
Calories 236kcal
Author Marie

Ingredients

For the cookie dough:

  • 2 ¼ cups flour (all purpose)
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 3 large eggs
  • ½ cup sugar
  • ½ cup unsalted butter , softened (DO NOT MELT THE BUTTER (8 tablespoons))
  • 1.5 teaspoons almond extract (or anise [licorice flavor])

To make the frosting:

  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons milk
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract (or anise extract)

To decorate

  • 4 tbsp non-pareils or sprinkles

Instructions

To make the cookie dough

  • Mix the baking powder, salt, and flour in a small bowl and set aside
  • Using a electric mixer, combine the eggs, sugar, butter, and extract on medium speed for about 2 minutes until light and fluffy
  • Add the flour/baking powder and combine slowly just until mixed.
  • Using a tablespoon, roll the dough into balls and place onto a parchment lined baking sheet, about 1 inch apart.
  • Chill in the refrigerator for at least an hour
  • When ready to bake, preheat oven to 350F, and then bake for 10 to 12 minutes.

To Frost

  • Mix the ingredients for the frosting, adding the milk one tablespoon at a time
  • I prefer to use a teaspoon and pour a bit of frosting over the cooled cookies but some like to dunk their cookies in the frosting to frost
  • Make sure that the cookies are completely cooled before frosting otherwise, the frosting will just drip off
  • Add sprinkles/non-pareils while the frosting is still wet or they won't stick. I usually frost a few at a time and then decorate so the frosting doesn't dry before I have a chance to decorate

Notes

The dough can be a little sticky. You can wet your hands a bit to help with rolling or if you have cooking spray, spray your hands lightly to help facilitate rolling the cookies. I use a cookie scoop, which helps a lot. 

Nutrition

Serving: 1cookie | Calories: 236kcal | Carbohydrates: 39g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 49mg | Sodium: 53mg | Sugar: 24g