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.
Italian Christmas Cookie/Pasta Frolla
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!
Mocha Almond Biscotti
Mocha Almond Cantucci, a fast, easy and tasty Italian Christmas or any Anytime Cookie, a delicious combination of coffee and chocolate. The perfect addition to your Cookie Recipe Collection. The perfect snack or dessert cookie.
Amaretti Cookies / Italian Almond Cookies
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.
Italian Pistachio Biscotti
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.
Orange Ricotta Cookies
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.
Chocolate Almond Biscotti
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.
Italian Ricciarelli Cookies
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.
Italian Butter Cookies
A buttery simple Italian Cookie. These Italian Butter Cookies are perfect anytime. Serve them as a holiday cookie or with tea or coffee in the afternoon.
Pepatelli – Christmas Cantucci
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
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.
Italian Lemon Cookies
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!
Triple Nut Biscotti
A crunchy easy to make Triple Nut Biscotti. These delicious Italian cookies are made with walnuts, pistachios and almonds. The perfect Christmas Cookie or why not gift a few!
Italian Almond Cookies
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.
Authentic Cantucci Toscani
Authentic Toscani Cantucci – delicious Italian almond cookies that are twice-baked so they are crunchy. Perfect for dunking in coffee, tea, or even wine. These cookies keep well at room temperature and are perfect for gifting to friends and family or keep them all to yourself. Once you try these authentic Tuscan cookies you will not need another recipe.
Pizzicati – Italian Pinch Cookies
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.
Chocolate Chip Biscotti
Traditional Italian Biscotti also known as Cantucci or Cantuccini are made delicious with the addition of chocolate chips. Double baked crunchy cookies are the perfect dipping cookie, for Breakfast or Snack.
Italian Coconut Almond Cookies
These Almond Cookies are made with almond flour and shredded coconut, which makes them not only delicious but also Gluten Free. Simple, easy and perfect anytime. Italian cookies never tasted so good.
Cranberry Almond Biscotti
Cranberry Almond Biscotti, a delicious crunchy Italian Cookie, filled with dried Cranberries, Almonds and White Chocolate Chips. The perfect Fall and Holiday Cookie recipe.
Italian Hazelnut Cookies
Drop cookies never tasted so good, these Italian Hazelnut Cookies are easy to make and taste amazing. The perfect addition to your Christmas Baking.
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!
All of these sound wonderful but most of them different from my Mom’s cookies. Will be trying them soon!
Hi Nancy, thanks so much, I hope you enjoy them. Take care.