Friday, December 24, 2010

Kathy's Italian Cookies and a Merry Christmas to Everyone!

Has everyone finished their baking yet? I know I haven't. I still have one more batch of cookies to make and I am done. Have to put the frosting on my poke cake too!... I came across this recipe and knew my cookie tray would not be complete without it. I'm so glad I made these and I will be making them in the years to come for Christmas also. As soon as I tasted them I knew what I had been missing...authentic Italian cookies. This is not a sweet cookie. This cookie gets its sweetness from the glaze. You can make these any time and change up the flavors and colors on the glaze also. I didn't do a really red or green glaze because I don't think it would have looked too appetizing and I thought a pink one would be really pretty. These kind of look like they would be more of an Easter than a Christmas cookie. You can also make these into little balls instead of rings.

What are your plans for the holidays? I'll be spending part of Christmas at home here and part of it down in Richmond. I'm so glad we are not getting the snow that was first reported....maybe a dusting. And if we don't get that I'll be really happy. I don't ever, ever miss having snow!!!!! Have a very Merry Christmas everyone!!!!!

3/4 cup butter
1/3 cup white sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 tablespoons fresh orange juice
3 cups all purpose flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
2 1/2 cups confectioners' sugar

Cream butter and sugar thoroughly; add eggs, vanilla and 2 tablespoons of orange juice. Combine flour and baking powder and gradually add to creamed mixture.

Knead dough on lightly floured board for about 5 minutes. Using tablespoons of dough, roll 6 inch lengths; press together to form rings. Let stand on ungreased cookie sheets at room temperature for 15 minutes.

Bake at 350 degrees F for 15 minutes or until lightly golden.

To Make Icing: Combine 2 1/2 cups confectioners' sugar with enough orange juice to make a thin glaze. Dip each hot cookie into the glaze and top with sprinkles immediately. Cool on racks.


ICook4Fun said...

Wishing you and your family Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

Reeni said...

The cookies are so cute - like doughnuts! Merry Christmas! xoxo

Cheryl said...

Merry Christmas!

scrambledhenfruit said...

These are adorable, and sound yummy too! :)

Lucie said...

Hope you had a wonderful Christmas--I love how your cookies look like sprinkle-covered doughnuts!

Joanne said...

These cookies look wonderful! I love the colorful glaze. Hope you had a merry Christmas!

Cassie said...

Such sweet little cookies -- like little doughnuts! I love them! I hope your family had a very Merry Christmas, Debbie!

Kerstin said...

Merry Christmas Debbie! What yummy cookies - I love how festive they are with the colorful icing and sprinkles!

teresa said...

love the cookies! hope you had a great christmas!

Monica H said...

I like the rings, they look like mini donuts!