Italian Christmas Cookies (knots)


Christmas cookies should be shared with friends and family, and this will make plenty for that purpose.

I remember these from when I was growing up. My stepmother’s mom made them every year, but when she died, she kind of took the recipe with her (or so we thought, till now)

I had been on a long quest to try to duplicate them, but they never came out quite right.  Now I have a copy of the original recipe, which I have posted here for safe keeping.

  • 8 Cups All Purpose Flour (sifted well)
  • 8 Eggs
  • 8 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 8 teaspoons baking powder
  • 5 Sticks softened salted butter
  • 1 Cup Granulated Sugar

1. Mix together with your hands until a firm dough is formed.
2. Roll into knots and bake at 350 degrees for 8 to 10 minutes
or until bottoms are slightly golden brown.
3. Move cookies from baking sheet to a cooling rack as soon as they come out of the oven, as the heat from the pan will continue to cook them, and they easily become over-done.
4. Once cookies are cool, they can be decorated by dipping upside down in a thin icing (see recipe below) and then dipped into colored sprinkles / jimmies.


  • Evaporated Milk
  • Confectioners sugar
  • Vanilla extract

Start with a cup of confectioners sugar in a large mixing bowl and add evaporated milk 1/4 cup at a time while hand mixing with a fork until smooth and blended well. You can alternate adding more sugar and milk until you get the desired consistency (thick enough to stay on cookie, thin enough to easily swirl the fork in). Once icing is ready, slightly flavor it with vanilla to taste.



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