If you love to bake for the holidays, this is for you! This collection of Christmas baking recipes includes some of the best Italian Christmas cookies that are easy to make and so very delicious. Create the best platter of assorted homemade Italian cookies to share with family and friends this holiday season.
Whether you are looking for the best biscotti recipe or a nonna-approved pizzelle recipe, there is a cookie for all tastes.
Calling all Christmas bakers!
It’s time to start baking for the holidays!
I am so excited to share both authentic and traditional Italian cookies with all of you.
Whether you are looking for recipes to create the best holiday cookie box to give as hostess gifts, planning a cookie exchange, or simply wanting delicious treats at home during this holiday season of cheerfulness and giving- these Italian Christmas cookie recipes have it all covered.
This article shares some of my favorite cookie recipes I bake every holiday. I’m also sharing my traditional Italian family recipes my mom and nonna used to bake every Christmas.
I hope you enjoy these yummy treats as much as my family does. Try out one or two new recipes to incorporate into your family’s tradition this festive season. They are sure to make fabulous additions to your cookie traditions for Christmas.
If you’re looking for a new Italian cookie recipe, look no further than these chocolate spiced biscotti. These cookies are made with almonds and chocolate in the filling which makes them pleasantly sweet while still packin’ plenty of flavor from the orange zest! Once baked they’ll quickly become one tasty treat to add to your rotation of favorite Italian Christmas recipes.
2-Italian Lemon Cookies
If you are a lemon lover, this easy cookie recipe is for you! Traditionally made at Christmas, these Italian knot cookies, also known as tarallucci or anginetti have a cake light texture that is just perfect with an espresso.
This post includes a video depicting how these lemon knot cookies are shaped so that they retain their light and airy texture.
This easy Italian cookie made with ricotta cheese just became even easier and so much quicker to make by replacing the traditional lemon icing with a little bit of glitter. They also require no eggs or butter, making these ricotta cheese cookies one of our favorite healthier recipes for this time of year!
It’s almost impossible not to think of Italian holiday cookies without mentioning these traditional pizzelle cookies. I have so many fond memories associated with them.
As a kid, I would sit on a stool in the kitchen and eat these crispy Italian waffle cookies as my grandmother was making them with her stovetop pizzelle maker -one at a time! My nonna would just smile at me. Eventually, I had my fill and would run off to play.
You will find a video in this article demonstrating how to make these cookies with a pizzelle iron as well as all of my secrets to make perfect crispy pizzelles.
My love for these twice-baked cookies started with this family recipe for almond biscotti. The minute you try these biscotti cookies, it will be hard to fill your cookie jar with any other kind.
This post also includes a video that demonstrates this easy recipe for the best homemade biscotti.
This gluten-free recipe for these Italian hazelnut cookies. also referred to as brutti ma buoni, has the perfect ratio of hazelnuts to almonds. It also has the perfect texture you come to expect from a meringue cookie. Crunchy on the outside, chewy on the inside.
Once again, a wonderful video demonstrates how you can easily make these Italian meringue cookies.
These Italian wine cookies, also known as Ciambelline al Vino, provide you with the most irresistible crumbly texture. Your cookie platter must include this recipe! It’s a must-try!
Be sure to take a look at the step-by-step photo tutorial to make the best wine biscuits.
If you are preparing a tray of cookies for Santa, you need to include these Italian S cookies… after all, it has his initials. This NO BUTTER, lightly sweetened cookie is sure to be a hit with both kids and adults. If you are looking for one of the best Italian cookies, this is the one for you!
This post includes a video demonstrating how this easy Italian recipe comes together. Be sure to make a double batch as you will be grabbing these cookies throughout the day. Would you believe me if I told you they make the perfect breakfast cookie?
A Southern Italian specialty that is extremely popular in Naples. My mom’s recipe will leave you speechless. Throughout her lifetime, she perfected the proportions of almonds, honey, spices, and dark chocolate to create a delicious chocolate-flavored cookie.
This post includes a video depicting how these diamond-shaped Italian cookies are made.
10-Thin Cranberry Pistachio Biscotti
Impress your friends and family with this delicious thin biscotti recipe! The combination of pistachios and cranberries creates a unique Christmas cookie that not only tastes amazing but is addictive as well. The perfect addition to your Italian cookie trays for gift giving.
I created this copycat “thinaddictives Costco” recipe as a result of my experimenting with another family recipe for thin almond biscotti. I think you are going to love both of these recipes.
11-Italian Chocolate Cookies
By looking at this cookie, you already know that it will be the perfect cookie to have with that espresso. This moist, cake-like chocolate cookie is perfect for your holiday platter of cookies.
The combination of dried figs, apricots, pineapple, cranberries, and Brazil nuts combine forces to make a very colorful Christmas biscotti.
The perfect Italian biscotti recipe that is just meant to be shared with family and friends.
13-Italian Almond Cookies
These Italian almond cookies distinguish themselves from the others as the ingredients include almond flour and whole eggs. Once you taste these gluten-free cookies, they will quickly become a family favorite.
I finally got this recipe right… after 4 attempts! I did all the testing for you so that you can get the best chewy almond cookies any time you make them.
13 of the best Italian Christmas Cookies you need to make this holiday season.
If you are looking for more unique Christmas biscuits of Italian origin, be sure to check out this collection of Italian Cookies!
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Ciao for now,
I love your site, so inspirational, you explain the recipes so stress free and the photos are beautiful, it almost makes you want to put on opera while making one of your dishes. Maria
You are too kind Maria ♥ Thank you so much!
Hi Maria, was looking for a recipe on how to make ricotta when I come across you blog.
I just love all the recipe that you have on it.
Am from Melbourne Australia (down under as we are know).
I am Italian, and looking through your recipes have brought back many memories. I was brought up with all those wonderful recipes. I cook most of the recipes, but its so nice to see that there out there.
I have subscribed to you blog. Will definitely make your recipes
Thank you for your blog will follow you religiously.
Thank you so much for your kind words Maria! Welcome to my little corner of the world ♥
Hi Maria, I live in Canada and have been getting Nonni’s Lemoncello Biscotti at Costco, they aren’t getting them in anymore! they are either dipped in a white chocolate lemon frosting or a lemon yogurt frosting, do you have any recipe that might be close?
Hi Lori, thanks for reaching out. I do have a lemon biscotti recipe that you could probably vary to include some limoncello to give it a little bit of a kick. Just click on the highlighted texts to get the recipes. Enjoy!
I made the Almond Biscotti twice in the last three weeks for the first time ever and found the recipe easy to follow. My family and guests all loved them. Can’t wait to try more of your recipes for Christmas. Buon Natalie!
How wonderful KO! I am thrilled to hear you are all enjoying these almond biscotti! Thanks so much for taking the time to comment, appreciate it. Buon Natale to you and your loved ones as well!
Andrea Vitagliano Riahi
Love the video watching you make Struffoli. Brings back so many memories. I remember my mother saying that my father insisted she make them no bigger than her little fingertip asthat is the way his mother (my grandmother) made them! I try to make these every other year as cannot make just a small batch.
I found your sight looking for a traditional almond biscotti recipe and will let you know how they come out. I am sure they will be delicious.
Felice Anno Nuevo!
Thanks so much Andrea! All the best to you and your family.
Thank you for these authentic Italian style cookies….I have always been a big baker over the years especially when the children were young….now there is just the two of us but still enjoy baking but not in the same volume as before. Thanks for sharing your tried & true recipes, Jasmine
My pleasure Jasmine! Baking really is so much fun! Thanks so much for stopping by.