CNYEats A Taste of Utica Italian Wedding Cookies

by Joanne on August 27, 2011

Did I say there was a cookie earlier in the week that was my favorite?  Darn it! Who can decide? Here’s ANOTHER favorite of mine, the Italian Wedding Cookie.


It’s so light with a gentle taste just like its crumb.


The recipe source is Anita Burroughs and the post is by HJ from our book A Taste of Utica.


  • 1 1/2 cups unsalted butter
  • 3/4 cup confectioners sugar
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 1 1/2 cups finely ground almonds
  • 4 1/2 tsp vanilla extract *seems like a lot but it works in this recipe
  • 3 cups flour – sifted
  • 1/3 cup confectioners sugar for dipping

Preheat oven to 325 F.

Cream the butter then gradually add 3/4 cup of confectioners sugar and salt.  Beat until light and fluffy.

Add the almonds and vanilla.  Blend in the flour just until mixed.

Roll one teaspoon of dough into a ball and place on parchment or ungreased baking sheet.  Continue with remaining dough then bake for 15 – 20 minutes being careful not to brown the cookie.

Cool for about 5 minutes then roll in the extra confectioners sugar.


Tip:  You can add 1/4 tsp cinnamon or other favorite spice.  *I added the zest of one orange.


This recipe makes me happy and sad.  Happy because this cookie is so delightful, there is no better place for it than at the celebration of marriage.  Sad because it’s the last cookie I’ll bake for the tray.


Now it’s on to making the cake!  But first, here’s a peak at the bride-to-be (I never could keep a secret!)


She is going to be the most beautiful bride ever.  Love you, Stef!  Red heart

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  • At 2011.08.27 10:30, Tammy said:

    I love those wedding cookies too! Somehow, because they are smaller, I don’t feel as guilty eating them.

    • At 2011.08.27 20:32, Joanne said:

      Is that why we love them?! I think you might be onto something.

      • At 2011.08.27 10:35, Sandra's Easy Cooking said:

        Your presentation is so elegant, and cookies do sound and look very delicious! Congrats to bride to be, she is gorgeous!

        • At 2011.08.27 20:32, Joanne said:

          Thanks. She’s one pretty lady.

          • At 2011.08.27 10:46, Amanda @ bakingwithoutabox said:

            Such perfect little cookies! And beautiful bride.

            • At 2011.08.27 20:32, Joanne said:

              Thanks Amanda.

              • At 2011.08.27 17:51, Sandi said:

                Adding the orange zest was perfect, great job!

                • At 2011.08.27 20:33, Joanne said:

                  It just seemed to suit these cookies.

                  • At 2011.08.28 21:47, Pam said:

                    Congrats Stef!! Very excited for your big day!

                    • At 2011.08.29 08:29, Ali @ Peaches and Football said:

                      Italian Wedding Cookies – too funny. My mother makes these as part of her Christmas baking every year but her recipe calls them Russian Tea Cakes. 🙂

                      • At 2011.08.29 19:09, Monet said:

                        A beautiful bride to be….and some delicious cookies too. These are my favorites. Thank you for taking the time to share yourself and your creativity with me. It brightens my day (and many others’). I hope you have a blessed evening, my friend!

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