Italian Sugar Cookies

READY IN: 43mins
Recipe by Dave5003

aka Italian White Christmas Cookies. I have had this simple recipe for years. This makes a basic soft cookie that can be iced and decorated for the holidays

Top Review by Steve_G

The recipie has alot of promise, but it needs some tweeking. The first batch out of the oven were undercooked in the center. Next batch I flattend a bit and they came out better, the third batch I flattend to 3/8 thick and it seemed to work fine. They are very tender and are very attractive as they crack slightly and have a nice light brown hue around the perimeter. With the texture issues solved solved I would like to work on the flavor as they are a bit flat for my tastes, and for what I think a Christmas Cookie should be...... I think some ground nut and more extract would be a big help.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Cream shortening and sugar with electric mixer.
  2. Add eggs one at a time and beat well.
  3. Add buttermilk, flavor extracts, baking soda and cream of tarter and blend well.
  4. Now by hand with a wooden spoon, add flour 1 cup at a time until the mixture is stiff.
  5. Drop from heaping tablespoons onto a lightly greased cookie sheet 2 to 3 inches apart. If not icing you may press on the nuts or sprinkles now (or you can ice or frost and decorate with sprinkles after baking).
  6. Bake in a preheated 375F oven, center oven rack, 10 to 13 minutes or until cookie edges are slightly brown and tops look set. DO NOT OVERBAKE. Overbaking cause dry, hard cookies.
  7. Carefully remove to rack to cool. Frost or decorate as desired.
  8. Notes: recipe may be halved, cookies freeze well, for best baking use an insulated baking sheet as these tend to burn on the bottom. Store airtight.

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