ITALIAN SPRINKLE COOKIES!

last tuesday, my friend allie and i got together to make some valentines day cookies. when she arrived she pulled out tons of sprinkles from her purse. the whole time she was here i was admiring some rainbow colored sugar sprinkles and being the sweetheart that she is, allie gave them to me when she left!

i was so happy to have them and wanted to use them immediately, so i began brainstorming some cookie ideas when i remembered about a cookie i loved when i was young! every year for christmas, my aunt anita would make these glazed cookies with little sprinkles on top and bring them over for christmas dinner. i always loved them. they seemed like a magical combo of cookie, cake and donut – HEAVEN!

yesterday, i went to the supermarket to grab some shortening and then got home and threw on my apron. here is what i came up with – they turned out great!

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ITALIAN SPRINKLE COOKIES

  • 2.5 cup flour
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 tbs and 3/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 1.5 tsp almond extract
  • 3/4 tsp lemon extract

GLAZE

  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/4 cup warm milk
  • 1/2 tsp almond
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla

preheat oven to 350

beat eggs until frothy

in a large bowl, mix flour, sugar and baking powder

add shortenings, vanilla and almond extracts

add eggs

roll dough into 1 inch balls and place 2 inches apart on cookie sheet

bake 13 minutes

in the meantime, combine all ingredients for glaze in a small bowl and mix on high speed

remove cookies from oven

dip 2-3 at a time in glaze and place on a wire rack with a slotted spoon

add sprinkles while still wet

allow time to cool and harden

ENJOY!

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