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Simple Italian Wedding Cookies (Anginetti)

Best Italian Wedding Cookies (Anginetti)

Authentic Italian Anginetti (also known as Italian wedding or Christmas cookies) are small and soft round cookies, often lemon, orange, anise, or almond flavored.

  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 24 servings 1x


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Anginetti Cookies

  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 3 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons lemon extract (or flavor with pure vanilla,orange, almond, or anise extracts)
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt


  • 2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 3 tablespoons milk
  • 1 teaspoon lemon extract (or extract or choice)

Colored Sprinkles for decoration


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Line two cookie sheets with parchment paper an set aside. 
  2. In a large mixing bowl cream butter and sugar with a hand mixer. Add eggs and lemon extract and beat well until incorporated.
  3. Sift in the dry ingredients: flour, baking powder and salt; Mix again on low speed until incorporated.
  4. The dough should be soft and sticky. Refrigerate for 30 minutes.
  5. With a small cookie scoop, drop dough 1-inch balls onto  prepared baking sheets spacing them about 2-inches apart.
  6. Bake cookies for about 12 minutes, or until firm and lightly brown.
  7. Remove cookies from cookie sheets and allow to cool completely on wire racks.
  8. For glaze, combine confectioners' sugar, milk and lemon extract and mix until smooth.
  9. Dip each cookie into the glaze. Top with sprinkles. Tip: dip in glaze and top with sprinkles just before serving. Allow cookies to dry before stacking.
  10. Store in an airtight container.



If you want to freeze the cookies, freeze unfrosted and frost once thawed.

  • Author: Elena Davis
  • Prep Time: 10 min (+30 minutes rest in refrigerator))
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Category: Sweet
  • Method: Italian
  • Cuisine: Italian

Keywords: cookies, soft cookies, Italian cookies, anignetti, almond cookies, lemon drop cookies