Anginetti - Italian Easter Cookies

This recipe is a familiar one among Italian families but always seem to vary slightly. This was my mother's recipe and we added the nutmeg and cinnamon as we like more a spice flavor.

Anginetti - Italian Easter Cookies


For 2 Dozen(s)

For the Cookies:

  • 3 cups flour
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup oil
  • 1/4 cup orange juice
  • 1/2 stick of butter (2 Oz)
  • 3 large eggs
  • 3 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

For the Frosting:

  • confectionary sugar
  • half & half
  • sugar crystals of different colors


  1. Blend oil & sugar; Mix in eggs, butter (softened) and orange juice;
  2. Add vanilla extract, nutmeg, cinnamon and salt; Stir until completely blended.
  3. Add flour, baking powder and baking soda and stir until completely blended.
  4. Roll into balls and bake @ 350 for approx 10-15 mins (bake time depends on the size of the cookies)
  5. Mix confectionary sugar with half and half until you get a thick creamy consistency.
  6. Dip the cookies into the mix and sprinkle with sugar crystals.
  7. Allow to set up and enjoy!



Recipe Notes

Place a small amount of flour in your hand when rolling into balls to avoid sticking. Make the balls slightly smaller than a ping-pong ball. You can also swap out orange extract for the vanilla for a more citrus flavor. :)


Wednesday, 26 August 2020
I have a question, can I make the dough a day or two before baking. - Antonietta45
Tuesday, 20 February 2018
My Nana always made these but they were anise flavored....I think I'll try this recipe... - Robin-Marie
Thursday, 14 December 2017
my nonna nora pereni made this all time it seemed and we didnt complain at all :)) - Saint of circumstance
Thursday, 14 December 2017
Thank you, this is like my grandmother\'s recipe, but she would add almond or anise flavor. I am us...
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- DiFerdinando
Thursday, 14 December 2017
I made this cookie. I kept the orange juice but changed the vanilla other spices for lemon flavoring...
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- nanat323
Thursday, 14 December 2017
Love these for all the holidays! My kids favorite -
Thursday, 14 December 2017
I made these this morning and they turned out DELICIOUS. The only thing I had to do was add a little...
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- Italian Cooker