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Italian Cookies

It’s the final day for the 7 days of cookies and Italian Cookies are the perfect way to wrap it up! These cookies are like little cakes and the flavor can be changed depending on preferences. For this recipe you’ll notice my theme of orange in the cookies and icing. The orange juice must remain in the recipe but you could change the extract to vanilla or lemon! 

In case you want to check out the rest of the 7 days of cookies line up, here are the ones you missed:

Day 1: Snickerdoodles

Day 2: Chocolate Crinkles

Day 3: Cranberry Noel Cookies

Day 4: Russian Tea Cakes

Day 5: Reindeer Poop and Chocolate Pretzel Bark

Day 6: Cream Cheese Logs

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Italian Cookies
Yield: 36

Italian Cookies

Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 8 minutes
Additional Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 8 minutes

Italian Cookies with a light glaze.


  • 10 tablespoons butter
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 tsp orange extract
  • 2 ½ cups of flour
  • 5 tsp baking powder
  • ¼ cup orange juice
  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp orange extract
  • 4-5 tbsp water
  • Sprinkles, optional


  1. Cream together butter and sugar.
  2. Add eggs and orange extract. Mix until combined.
  3. Add baking powder and half of flour. Stir to combine.
  4. Add half of orange juice. Stir to combine.
  5. Repeat steps 3 and 4 to add remaining flour and orange juice.
  6. Drop in tablespoon-sized scoops onto baking sheet.
  7. Bake at 400 degrees for 8-10 minutes or until lightly golden brown.
  8. Remove from baking sheet and cool on wire rack.
  9. While cookies cool, mix together powdered sugar and extract. Slowly add water 1 tablespoon at a time until you have a thin icing.
  10. Pour icing over cookies and top with sprinkles.
  11. Let icing set.
  12. Serve and enjoy!


Store cookies in an airtight container to extend freshness.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 114 Total Fat: 4g Saturated Fat: 2g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 1g Cholesterol: 24mg Sodium: 100mg Carbohydrates: 19g Net Carbohydrates: 0g Fiber: 0g Sugar: 12g Sugar Alcohols: 0g Protein: 1g

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