Italian Easter Cookies Recipe -
Italian Easter Cookies Recipe
  • READY IN 30 mins

Italian Easter Cookies

Recipe by  

"Ice with colored icing and sprinkles if you like."

+ Recipe Box + Shopping List + Menu Print

Ingredients Edit and Save

Original recipe makes 4 dozen Change Servings
  • PREP

    15 mins
  • COOK

    10 mins

    30 mins


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease cookie sheets.
  2. In a large bowl, cream together 1/2 cup butter and white sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in the eggs one at a time, then stir in 1 teaspoon vanilla and 1 teaspoon almond extract, 1/4 cup milk and oil. Combine the flour and baking powder, stir into the wet mixture. Roll dough into 1 inch balls. On a lightly floured surface, roll the balls out into ropes about 5 inches long. Tie into loose knots and place cookies 1 inch apart onto the prepared cookie sheets.
  3. Bake for 5 minutes on the bottom shelf and 5 minutes on the top shelf of the preheated oven, until the bottoms of the cookies are golden brown. When cookies are cool, dip them into the icing.
  4. To make the icing, cream together the confectioners' sugar, 1/2 cup butter, and 1 teaspoon vanilla and 1 teaspoon almond extracts. Beat in 3 tablespoons milk, one tablespoon at a time, then stir in the food coloring if desired.
Kitchen-Friendly View

Reviews More Reviews

Most Helpful Positive Review
Oct 10, 2005

This is the best cookie ever. We make these year round. We like to roll them out and use cookie cutters. I also add an extra teaspoon or 2 of the almond extract, it really livens it up. If u didn't like these, something must have been ommitted, I have YET to have anything but wonderful said about these. These are just so pretty when in shapes and decorated, the taste is absolutely wonderful!!!!

Most Helpful Critical Review
Apr 02, 2012

These were good-the knots looked professional-but I still thought they were a bit dry.


82 Ratings

Apr 18, 2003

These are just like my Nonna and my Mother made, I could never find the exact recipe but this is really close. I made a batch for a cookie exchange and I've had to make them three more times to have any left for Christmas Eve. Very good!!!

May 05, 2011

REVISED REVIEW: Growing up Italian, I've eaten these kind of cookies for decades. The cookie part is good but the frosting has too much butter. Usually, there's either no butter or very little. Without all of that butter, it's easier to frost and looks nicer. I'm going back to using no butter but the cookie part is still tasty. Also, when it's warm, the butter in this frosting softens up (especially when you try to store them in a container) and they become a sloppy mess. Typically, the recipe calls for just confectioners sugar, a tiny bit of milk, some extract and the food coloring. For those people who say the cookie is bland, it's not meant to be super sweet because it's meant to be frosted with the icing that is sweet. If the cookie was too sweet, you'd be complaining that the frosted cookie was way too sweet. It's a nice balance. You can really use any extract you want to but usually it's anise, vanilla or lemon. You can see my pic attached. It was voted one of the top photos today!

Nov 19, 2008

This cookie is excellent!!! I would recommend that you try it. It has a cake-like consistency and is not too sweet. The frosting is wonderful too; I had run out of almond extract so I used all vanilla. I also put a couple drops of lemon extract in a portion of the frosting to change the flavor of some of them. They tasted so good. Definitely a keeper. **I started making these all year long. They are great with the pure almond extract too. The perfect cookie for any occasion.

Jan 20, 2004

These are very good! Our neighbor that was from Italy used to make us cookies like these for Easter and Christmas. Sadly she died without writing the recipe down. This recipe was extremely close to hers but was still missing something. Also I used a glaze of powder sugar, milk, almond extract and lemon juice instead of the frosting listed on the recipe.

Apr 18, 2003

These cookies turned out perfect! My entire family loved them. An extra 3/4 cups of flour was needed to stiffen up the dough a little. My 3 year old son loved helping me roll them out and make knots. Thanks!

May 12, 2003

I truly believe those that gave negative reviews did something wrong - these cookies are scrumptious and were a HUGE hit at my son's First Communion party. Even the "picky eaters" loved these. I doubled the batch and made 9 dozen, there was not one single cookie left over to be had with tea the next day! These are very easy to whip up and my son loved "helping" by dipping them in the icing (I thinned the icing a bit by adding a little more milk). I love italian cookies of all kinds but this is my new favorite. Loved them!!!


Rate This Recipe

Glad you liked it! Your friends will, too:


  • Calories
  • 138 kcal
  • 7%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 20.8 g
  • 7%
  • Cholesterol
  • 22 mg
  • 7%
  • Fat
  • 5.5 g
  • 8%
  • Fiber
  • 0.3 g
  • 1%
  • Protein
  • 1.5 g
  • 3%
  • Sodium
  • 84 mg
  • 3%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

See More
Subscribe Today!

In Season

Not The Same Old Chicken
Not The Same Old Chicken

We have so many top-rated chicken recipes, you'll never run out of dinner ideas again.

Slow Cooker Time Savers
Slow Cooker Time Savers

Imagine dinner making itself in the slow cooker while you relax or do other things.

Subscribe Today! Only $7.99
Subscribe Today! Only $7.99

Delicious recipes, party ideas, and cooking tips! Get a year of Allrecipes magazine for $7.99!

Related Videos

Italian Cookies I

These cookies are simple, rich, and satisfying. The whole family will love them.

Italian Wedding Cookies III

These buttery bites are delicious with coffee or tea.

Irish Soda Bread Cookies

Turn the flavors of soda bread into quick-and-easy cookies.

Recently Viewed Recipes

Argentina  |  Australia & New Zealand  |  Brazil  |  Canada  |  China  |  France  |  Germany  |  India  |  Italy  |  Japan  |  Korea  |  Mexico

Netherlands  |  Poland  |  Quebec  |  Russia  |  SE Asia  |  United Kingdom & Ireland  |  United States