Nothing gets me more excited than a tray of Italian cookies. Each is a little treasure made of butter, sugar, nuts, fruit, spices, and love.
It’s hard to know where to start. They all look so good, so seemingly simple, yet complex and sophisticated in their simplicity.
Italian cookies are a product of Italian tradition. If you’re anything like me, you love Italian cookies too much to wait until the next party, the next family holiday, or the next time you stop by to see your nonna.
With so many different types of Italian cookies, there may be some you haven’t tried yet. There is no better time than the present to make up for lost time and give your taste buds something special.
Luckily you can have them anytime you want! With the recipes below, you can make Italian cookies that would make even your Italian grandmother proud.
Here are my favorite Italian cookie recipes that I’ll be sharing with you.
Ciambelle are ring-shaped Italian cookies covered in glaze and topped with sprinkles.
These ciambelle are crumbly and tender lemon cookies.
Flavored with lemon juice and zest, the cookies and glaze have a naturally clean, bright lemon flavor and go amazingly well as a buttery sweet palate cleanser in a cookie tray full of chocolate and nuts.
Pizzicati or Italian pinch cookies are butter cookies with a generous amount of filling spread in the middle.
Two sides of the dough are brought into the middle and pinched together to make these perfect little cookie envelopes.
They are quick, easy, impressive, and irresistible. Make them with two or three different fillings for extra variety and excitement.
I love Italian cookies and Italian cuisine in general. There are so many different types and so many variations of those types. The possibilities are endless.
While Italian cookie recipes are usually handed down from generation to generation, you don’t have to wait for your Italian grandmother to bless you with her secret recipes. You don’t even have to have an Italian grandmother.
These are all fantastic recipes, most of them quick and easy to make with just a few ingredients. If you haven’t tried all these cookies yet, what are you waiting for?
23 Famous Italian Cookies To Make
Check out our favorite Italian cookie recipes to make a classic tray of Italian cookies. These traditional cookie recipes will even impress your Italian grandmother!
Erin is an editor and food writer who loves traveling and trying new foods and fun cocktails. Erin has been writing and editing professionally for 5 years since graduating from Temple University, and has been on the Restaurant Clicks team for 3 years. She has a long background working in the restaurant industry, and is an avid home chef and baker. Her favorite restaurants are those with spicy food and outdoor seating so that she can bring along her dog, Miss Piggy.