Add a little bit of Italian to your Christmas baking with these delicious Italian Christmas Cookies. I chose 10 of the best to share and I hope you love them as much as we do!
Christmas in Italy is very different than how I spent it in Canada. From what is served on Christmas Eve to Christmas Day. The different baked goods and especially The Cookies!
What makes a Christmas Cookie Italian?
In my opinion after making lots of both I think there are 2 big differences, one being Italian cookies are less sweet and they are quite simple, no frostings and rarely any fillings.
Usually containing nuts, especially hazelnuts and almonds and sometimes chocolate and always dark chocolate rather than milk.
Depending on which region you live in will also depend on what is considered the most popular Christmas cookie. But over the years I would have to say that the simple Pasta Frolla Christmas cookie is the one for us.
A simple cookie made with crostata dough (pasta frolla) and cut out into your favourite shapes. Sometimes left plain or with a dusting of powdered sugar and sometimes filled with a Hazelnut Cream or even a Chocolate Cream. Crunchy and buttery they may just become your favourite cookie!
Amaretti Cookies or Italian Almond Cookies, have only four ingredients which makes them a fast and easy Cookie Recipe. They are also gluten and dairy free too, which means almost everyone can have one!
These are a wonderfully delicious Italian Cookie, an almost shortbread type cookie but with a crunch. Fast and easy, a touch of lemon makes them irrestistible. A Christmas favorite in Italy.
These biscotti are a crunchy, nutty cookie perfect for dunking in coffee or tea. This recipe is made the Italian way – simple and delicious. Make them for you or to share with family and friends. They keep well at room temperature and are great for gift giving.
These delicious cake like cookies are the perfect tea or snack cookie. A tasty Christmas cookie topped with a cream cheese frosting. So good you can’t stop at just one.
Also known as Cantucci, a twice baked Italian cookie, this traditional Christmas Cookie is made with whole roasted almonds and chocolate. A definite holiday treat.
A soft and chewy cookie, made with almond flour and a hint of orange or lemon flavor. They make a wonderful gluten-free option for a Christmas cookie plate or can be enjoyed any time of the year with your favorite coffee.
These Authentic Italian Cantucci with black pepper are a Christmas tradition in Italy. This easy crunchy cookie is made with honey, nuts, orange zest and of course black pepper. So good, they may become a Holiday Tradition in your house too!
Italian Spritz Cookies are a delicious traditional Italian cookie. A delicate buttery cookie that makes the perfect addition to your Holiday Cookie Tray. A Fast and Easy Cookie Press Recipe.
Perfect melt in your mouth cookies. If you love anything lemon then you are going to love these cookies. Light and easy to make, with a tasty lemon glaze, they are sure to satisfy any lemon lover!
These Italian Cookies are a soft cut out cookie, fast and easy to make. Made with only 6 ingredients they make a nice addition to your Holiday Cookie tray or gift box.
Italian Pinch Cookies, a delicious crunchy Cookie Recipe. Traditionally filled with your favourite Jam or why not a little Nutella? These simple, buttery cookies make the perfect holiday cookie idea.
Cranberry Almond Biscotti, a delicious crunchy Italian Cookie, filled with dried Cranberries, Almonds and White Chocolate Chips. The perfect Fall and Holiday Cookie recipe.
This coming Holiday Season when you are looking to add a little Italian to your Christmas Cookie Tray I hope you try one or all of these and of course be sure to let me know what you think. Merry Christmas!