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These Italian Christmas cookies, also called Ricotta Cookies, are melt-in-your-mouth delicious! They are made with just a few simple ingredients and come together in no time. These cookies are perfect for holiday cookie exchanges or gifts, and everyone will be asking for the recipe. Let’s get started!

Italian Christmas Cookies (Ricotta Cookies)

These soft, cake-like cookies with sweet, simple icing are a classic Italian favorite. These are so delicious that you can never have just one! They’re a traditional holiday treat and a lot of fun to make. It’s an excellent recipe to prepare ahead because the dough can be made two days in advance, which is perfect for adding to your holiday baking list. It has these colorful sprinkles on top that are ideal for the festive mood. Therefore, cozy up in your favorite warm corner with your favorite hot chocolate beverage, a sweater, and some freshly baked ricotta cookies.

Italian Christmas Cookies

Pantry Staples

You can never go wrong with recipes that are easy, fewer ingredients and do not require too much effort to make. These Italian Christmas Cookies are the perfect example. Made using pantry staples like flour, butter, eggs, vanilla, and ricotta cheese, you can easily whip up a one-holiday dessert that I’m sure will be a total hit for everyone. 

Italian Christmas cookies

Variations and Substitutions

Though these ricotta cookies are made to make holidays special, you can still enjoy these goodies all year round. Serve it on different occasions by changing the toppings and sprinkles according to your celebration. Perhaps make it more special by adding chocolate chips, nuts, or dried fruits? The key is to have this recipe as your base, and you can start experimenting according to your preference.

Italian Christmas Cookies


For storage, put the baked Italian Christmas Cookies in a jar or other container with a tight lid. They will stay moist and soft for a week if you store them in a cool place on your cupboard or counter. However, if your kitchen is warm, I recommend putting it inside the fridge instead. Also, keep in mind that the sprinkles may begin to bleed the next day or two; to prevent this, ice the cookies right before serving.

You can freeze these cookies for up to three months for longer shelf life. If you’re going to freeze the cookies, wait to add icing. Before serving, let them come to room temperature for a few minutes after thawing them in the refrigerator overnight, then add icing and sprinkles.


Italian Christmas Cookies

Italian Christmas Cookies (Ricotta Cookies)

These Italian Christmas cookies are so good they practically melt in your mouth! Made with ricotta cheese and delicate lemon flavor, they're perfect for any holiday gathering. And they're really easy to make - no special equipment or skills are needed. So, give these a try if you're looking for a show-stopping cookie recipe to impress your friends and family this holiday season. You won't be disappointed!
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine Italian
Servings 24 pcs
Calories 64 kcal


  • ½ cup softened butter
  • ¾ cup granulated sugar
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 large egg room temperature
  • 1 cup whole milk ricotta cheese
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

For the icing:

  • 1 ½ cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1 ½ tbsp butter softened
  • 2-3 tbsp milk add more as needed
  • Christmas sprinkles for toppings


Make the cookies:

  • Set the oven to 350°F. Prepare large half-sheet baking pans and line them with silicone baking mats or parchment paper. Place it aside.
  • Combine salt, flour, and baking soda in a small mixing bowl and set it aside while you prepare the other ingredients
  • Using a hand mixer or stand mixer, cream the butter for two to three minutes or until it is light and fluffy. Gradually add sugar and continue to whip the cream for two to three minutes more until frothy.
  • Whip while adding the egg gradually until thoroughly mixed. Put vanilla and ricotta cheese in. Blend until smooth.
  • Incorporate all the dry ingredients and continue to mix them until just combined.
  • Scoop up 1 spoonful of dough using a tablespoon or a small cookie scoop. Place the cookie balls on the prepared baking sheet two inches apart.
  • Bake the cookies for 12-15 minutes or until the bottoms become golden brown, but the tops are still pale in color.
  • After 5 minutes, carefully remove the cookies from the baking pan and place them on a wire rack to cool entirely.

Make the icing:

  • Cream butter and confectioners' sugar in a medium mixing bowl for two minutes. Whisk in 2 tablespoons of milk after adding it. Add a teaspoon of milk at a time if the icing is too thick and additional sugar if it is too runny.
  • You can either spread the frosting on the cookies or invert them and dip them in. While the icing is still wet, put the cookies back upright on the wire rack and decorate with sprinkles.


The sprinkles on the cookies will start bleeding the following day. You can prevent it by putting icing before serving it.
You can store leftover cookies in an airtight container inside the fridge to prolong their freshness.


Calories: 64kcalCarbohydrates: 22gProtein: 1gFat: 0.2gSaturated Fat: 0.1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.05gMonounsaturated Fat: 0.03gCholesterol: 0.3mgSodium: 96mgPotassium: 15mgFiber: 0.3gSugar: 6gVitamin A: 4IUCalcium: 4mgIron: 0.5mg
Keyword Holiday Cookies, Italian cookies
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To Wrap It All Up

Now that you know how to make Italian Christmas Cookies Ricotta Cookies, it’s time to put your skills to the test. Invite some friends over, crank up some festive tunes, and bake until your heart’s content. These cookies are bound to get you into the holiday spirit. Most importantly, don’t forget to enjoy the process as much as the finished product. Buon Appetito!

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