Italian Christmas cookies stand out in a class of their own. They are delicate morsels of shortbread, biscotti, and lacy treats. They feature ingredients most American Christmas cookies don’t, like nuts, liquer, coffee, and candied fruits. See our list of 25 of the best Italian Christmas cookies.
Authentic Pizzelle – Italian Waffle Cookies
Pizzelle’s are traditional Italian cookies that can also be made into cones. But you will want to buy a pizzelle iron to make these beautiful designs.
These lemon and rum flavored cookies hold a traditional significance. The first Sunday in January around the 5th or 6th is when Epiphany is celebrated, which to the Italian Catholics is when the 3 Kings came to give gifts to the Baby Jesus. In Italy, this date is called Befana. For the full story visit the link above.
Chocolate and Pistachio Biscotti
Chocolate and pistachios go together perfectly, and what could be more Italian than Biscotti?!
Chewy Amaretti Cookies
Egg whites, almonds, and Amaretto make these light and chewy cookies their flavor.
Double Chocolate Biscotti
It is traditional to dunk your Biscotti in coffee or tea. And, these double chocolate treats are perfect for a strong cup of coffee.
Amaretti con frutta corretti (Italian amaretti with candied fruits)
It wouldn’t be Christmas in many Italian households without the green and red candied fruits on top of Amaretti cookies.
Soft Ricotta Cookies Dipped in Chocolate
Ricotta cookies have a gentle texture that unless you try it yourself, wouldn’t believe. Whether they are dipped in chocolate or made with a luscious lemon glaze, ricotta cookies will be the hit of the cookie plate!
Italian Christmas Cookies
These are the traditional shortbread Italian cookies with a little glaze and Christmas sprinkles.
Mustaccioli soft orange and coffee
These soft orange and coffee flavored cookies are almost like candies dipped in chocolate. They are very rich so you only need a couple to satisfy any sweet tooth!
Italian Butter Spritz Cookies
Aren’t these the traditional Italian cookies we all think of for Christmas? The Spritz is one of the most common Italian cookies around.
Biscotti Alle Nocciole
Biscotti made from hazelnuts with powdered sugar.
Biscotti gocce d’arancia
Soft Italian Chocolate Cookies
These beautiful gold sprinkled cookies are actually more like mini chocolate cakes with chocolate covered raisins inside!
These Sicilian cookies have a fig, nut and tangerine filling covered in colorful sprinkles.
Italian Bowtie Cookie Recipe
Biscotti di Riso Rice Biscuits
Almond Citrus Biscotti
Canestrelli a Fabulous Italian Shortbread
Simple and beautiful, these Italian shortbread cookies look like a heavenly treat!
Pistachio Cranberry Cookies
Italian Seed Cookie
Sicilian Anise Citrus Cookies
Italian Christmas cookies are distinct and unique, and bring back memories of Nana’s baking during the holidays. Why not try integrating these special Italian cookies into your Christmas cookie plate?!