Grandma's Soft Italian Cookies with Frosting Recipe

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My grandma, mom, have handed down from generation to generation...a simple recipe and traditional Italian cookie. Please check out the links below the recipes for more of grandma's favorite Italian Style Cookies!


  • Come visit the website for this and many more recipes.... this one will be your favorite if you love Italian cookies!


  1. See links below for instructions on How To Make these awesome homemade cookies! Grandma's always made the best out of simplicity! These are amazing... Great for any occasion! Beautiful on wedding trays! There are other links for Italian cookies below as well. Check them out and more @What's Cookin' Italian Style Cuisine Blog...


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  • kathy gori
    wow! i remember these, thanks for the recipe Claudia!
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    • Daydreamer Desserts
      Can't wait to try these!
      7 replies
      • Stacey Maupin Torres
        Saw these the other day, but wanted to make them first ... very, very good!
        I've cooked/tasted this recipe!
        1 person likes this review
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        • Winelady Cooks
          Oh, my sister-in-law makes these cookies for the Christmas holiday. They are delicious. Thank you for sharing this recipe so everyone can enjoy them.
          I've cooked/tasted this recipe!
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          • madonna del piatto
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            • Deanna Martinez-Bey
              I make these every Christmas! We call the Italian Love Knots :) These are wonderful cookies!
              I've cooked/tasted this recipe!
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              • Rosemarie
                These are wonderful cookies. My Mom made these all the time and everyone just loved them.
                Thank you for reminding me of my childhood days.
                Calabria D.
                I've cooked/tasted this recipe!
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                • Alida
                  Excellent this one! Very well made!
                  • Suzanne Bridge
                    I would love to try these cookies, where is the recipe?
                    • grace demarco
                      taste like my mom's cookies...
                      I've cooked/tasted this recipe!
                      • Sheri Bender
                        These were easy and yummy. My friends devoured them quickly!!
                        I've cooked/tasted this recipe!
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                      • Pavel Nartov
                        Like it
                        • Divainthakitchen
                          I make these cookies every Christmas and Easter, passed down from one generation to the next. The name and ingredients changes from different regions of Italy. My family is Sicilian so we would use lemon and orange rind in the cookie and I don't remember the name Sicilians would call them, but no matter...they are delicious!!!
                          I've cooked/tasted this recipe!
                          • mamatkamal
                            They look amazing, thanks for sharing,
                            • mamatkamal
                              They look amazing, thanks for sharing,
                              • wishmaker2012
                                i love soft cookies and i would love to try these,
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                                • Debra
                                  December 31, 2015
                                  Can't get this recipe any where as there are no links to click on!
                                  1 reply
                                  • Claudia lamascolo
                                    January 1, 2016
                                  • Dawn
                                    December 16, 2014
                                    I too have been making these every Christmas, the recipe has been handed down 3 generations with the original coming directly from my great grandmother in Italy. Although her recipe varies from yours: 12 eggs, 8 C flour& we try to ice the whole cookie. Love them!!!
                                    • Annette W.
                                      April 21, 2012
                                      This are one of my favorite cookies ever. The sad part is they never last very long!
                                      • Sandy Denton
                                        February 24, 2012
                                        I am very new to this site...and am thoroughly overwhelmed with all the possabilities. I can't wait to try one offering after another.
                                        • judee
                                          May 3, 2011
                                          I always buy cookies at the Italian bakery. Now I have an authentic recipe.. They look so good.
                                          • suzabella
                                            May 1, 2011
                                            A blast from the past and my Nonna; we called them "succarines" origin of Naples
                                            • Claudia lamascolo
                                              October 28, 2010
                                              Just an fyi there are links above to take you to the webpage and under Italian Cookies you will find all the family recipes handed down. Just click on Whats Cookin Italian Cuisine...
                                              • Pam's Midwest Kitchen Korner
                                                October 28, 2010
                                                Your cookies look and sound delicious! I love that they are soft and not crunchy. Interesting with the anise extract and I will definitely have to try this.
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                                              • Pamela Cervantez
                                                July 26, 2010
                                                Has anyone heard of cookies like this but with orange juice concentrate and no anise? Thank you!
                                                • July 11, 2010
                                                  finally made these today! they were amazing, i rolled them out to about 3 inches and twisted them, iced them as soon as they came out of the oven so the icing thinned out! luv em.......XX thanks for sharing........sorry i haven't posted any of my recipes. i haven't figured this stuff out yet. can you not just cut/paste/copy recipes in here or do you have to type it all out?
                                                  • June 26, 2010
                                                    that is such wonderful news Claudia......thank you, thank you!! you've shed the light to so many questions i had on these cookies.......funny how oil makes cakes moist, but would dry out cookies, my mother will be sooooo happy that we've figured these fabulous cookies out, since we are Portuguese.........:) god bless, thank you for your help XX both cheeks.......i'll keep you posted with our results......:)
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                                                    • Claudia lamascolo
                                                      June 26, 2010
                                                      not ever a problem, hope these are it for you, we made alot of cookies for wedding trays and this is our favorite ,you can use almond, orange anisette, lemon, any flavoring, but always use a little vanilla with it too...let me know excited to hear how they turn out :)
                                                    • June 26, 2010
                                                      Ironic that this recipe should pop up now.......:) my mother and i just had one of these 2 wks ago at an Italian Cafe. It was twisted and very moist with almond flavouring. We have been researching recipes now and i'm finding oil and milk in the recipes. Does this make the cookie much more moist in texture? thanks XX
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                                                      • Claudia lamascolo
                                                        June 26, 2010
                                                        Oil and milk is a basic recipe but they will be actually dry, these are moist and don't dry out in a few days after baked, the oil ones will. The butter keeps them moist and soft compared to oil which drys the flour. I have made them both ways, and this one is the family can add what you like but its personal preference. thanks for you comment :) good luck
                                                      • Patricia Turo
                                                        April 15, 2010
                                                        We also have a recipe similar to these and call them annisette biscotti. However we only use anise flavoring and have other cookies with almond, vanilla or lemon flavoring. Look just like ours! We make them for almost all of our biscotti trays as they are a favorite of our customers and our family and friends. You can see them on our web site under biscotti.
                                                        • Catherine Pappas
                                                          March 7, 2010
                                                          Sounds wonderful Claudia! I have to make these soon!

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