Recipe Time: Italian Cookies

posted on: Tuesday, February 22

  • I'm sure you've seen the pink and green Italian butter cookies that frequent the racks of pastry shops and delicatessens. Well, they happen to be my ALL TIME favorite cookies and I finally found a recipe that tastes like the ones you buy at the store! I whipped up a batch of these over the holidays and they are SO good. With a slight almond taste and yummy chocolate I can seriously eat an entire plate of these in one sitting — no joke! Find my version of the recipe below. Enjoy!

    3/4 cup sweet butter
    3/4 cup granulated sugar
    1 large egg yolk
    1 teaspoon vanilla extract
    1 teaspoon almond extract
    2 -2 1/4 cups sifted flour
    8 ounces semisweet chocolate (optional)

    Preheat oven to 350°F.
    Cream softened butter. Mix in sugar thoroughly. Beat in egg yolk, and extracts until light and fluffy. Stir in flour by hand, 1 cup at a time, making a soft dough. Press cookies out following directions for your cookie press. Bake 8-10 minutes (depending on size) at 350°. Let cool completely on a rack.

    Melt 8 squares of semisweet chocolate over hot (not boiling) water. When melted, remove from flame but leave it over the hot water. Dip each cookie in hot chocolate, resting it on a long tined fork. It can be half dipped or bottom dipped or however you choose. Let set upside down on rack or waxed paper.

    Find the full recipe here.


    1. those are the cutest cookies! i don't think i've ever noticed them before.

    2. Wonderful! Do you happen to know the name of the italian cookie that has a crispy shell and a soft middle. tastes like almond. It is the best I can describe it. They are MY favorite!!! But if you don't live in New York... you can't really find them. IF you have the recepie, that would be even better!

      1. Are you talking about Florentine cookies?

    3. I found your recipe while searching for Italian cookies in the shape of little people with chocolate filling. I wonder if they're the same recipe. Thanks!