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27 Italian Cookie Recipes That Would Make Nonna Proud

Add these to your baking short list.

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Ethan Calabrese

Whip up a batch of cookies just like Nonna—or give your Italian favorites an unexpected twist, like we did with pumpkin cannoli. These sweet treats will be a hit either way. For more baking ideas, check out our favorite cookie recipes, cheesecakes, and winter desserts. Looking for a complementary after-dinner cocktail? Nothing beats an Espresso Martini.

italian rainbow cookies
Lucy Schaeffer
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Italian Rainbow Cookies

In these eye-catching stunners, almond flavor cakes are sandwiched between chocolate with layers of raspberry and apricot jam.

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Italian Ricotta Cookies

These melt-in-your-mouth holiday cookies are an Italian classic, and a breeze to make. What’s more fun than frosting? Sprinkles!

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Park Feierbach
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Pignoli Cookies

These gems are a classic for a reason.

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Parker Feierbach
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Homemade Cannoli

Italian bakeries have been serving up cannoli forever. The crispy shell and creamy sweet filling are nearly irresistible. No matter what topping you pick, they're a MAJOR treat.

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best biscotti
Parker Feierbach
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Perfect Biscotti

The perfect accompaniment to coffee or tea!

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June Xie
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Triple Almond Cookies

Almonds make an appearance in three forms in this recipe: almond butter, almond flour, and sliced almonds. Eat them fresh for a warm, cakey bite, or let them cool for a soft-on-the-inside, crisp-on-the-edges experience.

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Emily Hlavac Green
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Christmas Pinwheel Cookies

These easy pinwheel cookies are beyond mesmerizing but also so easy simple to make.

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Jam Thumbprint Cookies pin
Ethan Calabrese
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Perfect Thumbprint Cookies

Grab your favorite jam and get baking.

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Joel Goldberg
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Nutty Peppermint Chocolate Biscotti

If you're a believer in "more is more," this Nutty Peppermint Chocolate Biscotti is for you.

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pistachios chocolate chip cookies
Joel Goldberg
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Pistachio Chocolate Chip Cookies

Pistachios add a sweet, almost buttery nutty flavor that make these Chocolate Chip Cookies feel just a little elevated.

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butter cookies
Parker Feierbach
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Easy Butter Cookies

So simple, but soo addictive. Feel free to add decoration if you're making them for the holidays!

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Parker Feierbach
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Lemon Butter Cookies

These cookies have the perfect balance of sweet and tart. It's the treat to make any day a little better.

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tahini cookies
Lucy Schaeffer
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Tahini Cookies

Tahini cookies are kind of like a more grown up version of your favorite peanut butter cookie and so much better. They are soft with a slight chew and sesame seeds on the outside add a slight crunch.

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chocolate amaretti cookies
Kate Mathis
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Chocolate Amaretti Cookies

This recipe uses rich Pernigotti cocoa powder to make chocolate versions of the chewy Italian almond cookie.

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Peanut Butter Snowballs

These might not be straight outta Italy, but they do rep the flag!

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pumpkin cannoli
Jon Boulton
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Pumpkin Cannoli

This twist on a classic is too good to leave out.

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june holds half of a soft amaretti cookie
June Xie
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Amaretti Cookies

If you like French macarons, you might like this take on Italian amaretti cookies. Soft, pillowy, moist, sweet, and lightly scented with amaretto liqueur as well as citrus zests, these cookies have a lot of flavor.

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Chelsea Lupkin
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Brown Butter Cookies With Fennel

The fennel adds a real pop of flavor.

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cornmeal biscotti with cranberries and pistachios
Hannah Whitaker
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Cornmeal Biscotti with Cranberries and Pistachios

Try dipping these biscotti in top quality chocolate. You'll be glad you did!

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Chocolate Pistachio Cookies

Indulge your chocolate craving with these decadent pistachio delights.

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stained glass biscotti
Tina Rupp
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Stained-Glass Biscotti

These gourmet Italian cookies are pretty enough to give as a gift, but save a batch for perking up your own afternoon coffee break.

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chocolate espresso snowballs
Fredrika Stjärne
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Chocolate-Espresso Snowballs

Cocoa, coffee, and pecans are rolled together in these semisweet, sugar-dusted cookies.

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Wishes n Dishes
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Italian Anisette Cookies

You can't go wrong with sprinkles and icing.

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Sally's Baking Addiction
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Neapolitan Cookies

Three flavors, one dough. What could be better?!

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Mother Thyme
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Pistachio Wedding Cookies

These little guys melt right in your mouth.

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Wishes n Dishes
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Italian Lemon Drop Cookies

These sweet pillows of goodness will add some zest to any dessert spread.

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