Lemon Anginetti (Italian Drop Cookies)

January 14, 2011

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Today I’d love to share a recipe for one of my favorite Italian cookies… Lemon Anginetti.

These delicious Italian drop cookies are traditionally made for holidays and celebrations, but are a delightful choice for anytime of year. Although there are many variations of the traditional recipe, my favorite is the addition of lemon extract to create a light, scrumptious flavor. Recipe is after the jump!

Lemon Anginetti (Italian Drop Cookies):

Cookie Ingredients
6 eggs
4 cups flour
6 tsp. baking powder
2 sticks butter, softened
¾ cup sugar
½ teaspoon salt
3 tsp. lemon extract
* grated lemon rind ~ optional

Directions
Mix flour, baking powder and salt; set aside.

Cream butter; add sugar and beat until fluffy.

Add eggs and flavorings. Cream well. Add dry ingredients; mix until smooth texture. (dough will be a bit sticky) If dough seems light colored, add a drop or 2 of yellow food coloring.

Chill dough until firm.

Drop by heaping teaspoons onto a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper.

Bake @ 350 degrees for 10 minutes.

Let cool; make icing.

Icing
1 box powdered sugar
3 tablespoons milk (or more if too thick)
2 ½ teaspoons lemon extract
Multi-colored non pareils

Once the cookies are cool, frost with icing.

Sprinkle with non pareils.

Enjoy!
xo

Lemon Anginetti (Italian Drop Cookies)
 
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A delicious and much-loved traditional Italian cookie.
Ingredients
  • 6 eggs
  • 4 cups flour
  • 6 tsp. baking powder
  • 2 sticks butter, softened
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 3 tsp. lemon extract
  • * grated lemon rind ~ optional
Icing
  • 1 box powdered sugar
  • 3 tablespoons milk (or more if too thick)
  • 2 ½ teaspoons lemon extract
  • Multi-colored non pareils
Instructions
  1. Mix flour, baking powder and salt; set aside.
  2. Cream butter; add sugar and beat until fluffy.
  3. Add eggs and flavorings. Cream well. Add dry ingredients; mix until smooth texture. (dough will be a bit sticky) If dough seems light colored, add a drop or 2 of yellow food coloring.
  4. Chill dough until firm.
  5. Drop by heaping teaspoons onto a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper.
  6. Bake @ 350 degrees for 10 minutes.
  7. Let cool; make icing.
  8. Combine all icing ingredients together and mix well.
  9. Once the cookies are cool, frost with icing.
  10. Sprinkle with non pareils.
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  • CiaoLinda

    These look absolutely scrumptious!! They remind me of a cookie my grandmother used to make….Can't wait to try your recipe!!!

  • ginny

    This recipe is perfect in my opinion. The only thing I changed was to substitute real juice from lemons in place of the lemon extract. I will certainly make these again!

    • Janelle

      So glad you enjoyed!! These are one of my favorites! :)

  • christine

    i am looking forward to trying this recipe! ive had these cookies before and want to make them with my grandma! how many cookies does this recipe actually make

    • http://thechicbrulee.com/ Janelle

      Hi Christine! This recipes makes about 45 small cookies :) Let me know if you give them a try! :) Janelle x

  • Shannon

    what size box of powdered sugar did you use? I have a bag of powdered sugar. Thanks!

    • http://thechicbrulee.com/ Janelle

      Hi Shannon, thank you for reading! I used a 1 lb box of powdered sugar :) Let me know how it comes out! x Janelle

  • Robyn

    I’m just making these cookies for the second time. They are so delicious and light. I had been using my Italian grandma’s recipe (she always just threw everything in — I had to beg her for measurements!) but her recipe called for oil instead of butter. Your recipe is so much lighter in texture. Thanks!!!

  • Michelle

    I have tried so many recipes for these looking for one that tastes like the cookies of my childhood. Yours is the one! Many thanks!

    • http://thechicbrulee.com/ Janelle

      You’re welcome! I’m so thrilled you enjoyed them. These cookies are a family favourite! Janelle :) :)

  • Judy

    approx how many does this make?

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