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Nonna’s Italian Cookies

These are Rob’s Nonna’s cookies.  His childhood favorites!

Grandma Magazu’s receipe for Italian cookies

Total cook time: About 4 hours

For the cookies:

10 cups Flour
2.5 cups Sugar
1.5 TBSP Baking powder
1.5 tsp Baking soda
1.5 tsp Creme of tartar
2 cups Crisco
6 Jumbo Eggs
1 TBSP Vanilla extract
3/4 cup Milk

For the glazes:

Food coloring
Lemon extract (yellow food coloring)
Almond extract (green food coloring)
Vanilla extract (blue food coloring)


  •  Sift the flour and the dry ingredients into a large bowl
  • Cut the Crisco into the flour by the teaspoon.  It should look like sand.
  •  Beat the six eggs and then add the milk and other wet ingredients.  Beat together.
  • Slowly add the wet ingredients into the flour while mixing with a wooden spoon.  You may give a final mix with hands but wash hands often.
  • Knead the dough until it’s smooth.  Take care not to over handle it.
  • Dust the top of the dough with flour.  Cover it with a clean, damp cloth.  Let it sit for one hour
  • Take dough and roll, then cut with cookie cutters and/or roll pieces into tube lengths and curl them like a snail.
  • Arrange in a good baker’s cookie sheet. Bake at 350 degrees for 8-10 minutes

Glaze:  1 cup of confectionary sugar with a bit of milk to desired consistency and almond flavoring with a touch of lemon juice.  You may flavor the glaze as you wish.


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