Italian Wedding Cookies

I’ve decided to share all my family’s holiday cookie recipes with my readers! I’ll be posting more over the next few days. This recipe is for Italian Wedding Cookies, which by nature are given as wedding gifts or eaten at bridal showers, but they are also one of the many cookies Italian families will make around the holidays. They are very simple to make and delicious with a cup of coffee, espresso or cappuccino.

  • 8 cups all purpose flour, sifted
  • 2 1/4 cups sugar
  • 5 eggs (beaten)
  • 2 1/4 cups Crisco or other shortening
  • 1 cup cold milk
  • 2 tbsp Amaretto di Serrano
  • 6 tbsp baking powder
  • 1 1/2 cups slivered almonds, chopped
  • Powdered sugar for dusting

Combine the baking powder and flour in a large bowl. Add the shortening to the flour mixture, working with a pastry blender, 2 knives, or with your clean hand, until it resembles a coarse meal. Add the sugar, then add the eggs and milk, alternating. Stir in the Amaretto, then add the nuts and mix well to combine. Shape the dough into small balls and bake in a preheated 350F oven for 10-12 minutes. Remove cookies to a wire rack set over a piece of aluminum foil (to catch excess sugar) and dust the cookies with powdered sugar when they are still warm, but not straight out of the oven. Makes about 60 cookies.

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