Italian Sprinkle Cookies

Merry Christmas Eve! I’m sorry I haven’t uploaded this recipe sooner. I have been a busy bee in my kitchen. I have been baking for the last 6 days and I’m about to start prepping Christmas Eve dinner. I could use a nap right now about now. I didn’t have time to take a ton of photos but really wanted to share this recipe with you! So if you are still baking today, give it a try! These cookies are my absolute favorite cookie of all time. I only bake them for Christmas though. It always my most requested cookie by my family and friends, I actually made 3 batches this year! That’s over 100 of these little cookies! I have seen recipes for this type of cookie all over Facebook this year. There are many different variations, but this is the recipe that I use and love. I hope you have a very Merry Christmas and I will see you in the new year! Thanks for reading this little blog. I look forward to sharing more recipes with you in 2016:)

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– 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter softened
– 3/4 cup sugar
– 3 eggs
– 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
– 1 teaspoon almond extract
– 1/4 cup whole milk
– 1/4 cup vegetable oil
– 3 3/4 cups flour
– 5 teaspoons baking powder

Icing-
– 4 cups powdered sugar
– 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter softened
– 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
– 1 teaspoon almond extract
– 4+ tablespoons whole milk

– nonpareil sprinkles

In a large bowl, cream together 1/2 cup butter and white sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in the eggs one at a time. Add in 1 teaspoon vanilla and 1 teaspoon almond extract, followed by the 1/4 cup milk and oil. Combine the flour and baking powder, gradually add it into the wet mixture with the mixer on low. Mix just until combined. Roll dough into 1 inch balls and place on a parchment lined baking sheet. Bake for 5 minutes on the bottom shelf and 5 minutes on the top shelf. Cool completely before frosting.

To make the icing, combine the powdered sugar, butter, vanilla and almond. With the whisk attachment or handheld mixer, mix for a couple of minutes. Add in one tablespoon of milk at a time until desired consistency. I usually use about 5 tablespoons. Mix on medium- high for a few seconds. Dip tops of cookies into the icing then dip in sprinkles.

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