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christmas italian sugar cookies

  • Makes 36
  • Prep time: 20 minutes
  • Cook time: 10 minutes
  • Finish time: 15 minutes
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup shortening
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • Red and green food coloring



Preheat oven to 400.

In a medium bowl whisk together the flour, baking powder, and salt.

In a large bowl, beat shortening and sugar together until light and fluffy. Add in eggs and vanilla. Gradually add in the flour mixture until combined.

Shape dough into 1 1/2 inch balls. Place on a nonstick cookie sheet 1 inch apart. Bake for 8-10 minutes or until lightly browned. Remove to wire racks to cool.

For icing, in a small bowl, combine the milk, butter, vanilla and powdered sugar until smooth. Divide in half to two bowls and tint one bowl with the red food coloring, the other with the green. Dip the tops of cookies in icing; allow excess to drip off. Sprinkle with colored sugar if desired. Place on waxed paper; let stand until set.