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Anginetti - Italian Easter Cookies

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Created by Carl Dessena, Date Added: Saturday, 31 March 2012
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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.

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approx. 2 - 2 1/2 dozen
  • Cookies Ingredients:
  • 3 cups of flour
  • ½ cup sugar
  • ¼ cup oil
  • ¼ cup orange juice
  • ½ stick of butter (2 Oz)
  • 3 large eggs
  • 3 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • ½ tsp nutmeg
  • ½ tsp cinnamon
  • Frosting Ingredients:
  • Confectionary sugar
  • Half & Half
  • Sugar crystals of different colors

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  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!

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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. :)

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Review by Saint of circumstance , Saturday, 22 December 2012 vote imagevote imagevote imagevote image
my nonna nora pereni made this all time it seemed and we didnt complain at all :))
Review by DiFerdinando , Sunday, 24 March 2013 vote imagevote imagevote imagevote image
Thank you, this is like my grandmother's recipe, but she would add almond or anise flavor. I am using this recipe for Easter. Ti ringrazio !!
Review by nanat323 , Thursday, 26 December 2013 vote imagevote imagevote imagevote image
I made this cookie. I kept the orange juice but changed the vanilla other spices for lemon flavoring. Absolutely delicious! Thats how my grandma and mother made them. They didnt add the orange juice though. I think its a nice touch! Love them they melt in your mouth!
Review by , Saturday, 29 March 2014 vote imagevote imagevote imagevote image
Love these for all the holidays! My kids favorite
Review by Italian Cooker , Thursday, 18 December 2014 vote imagevote imagevote imagevote image
I made these this morning and they turned out DELICIOUS. The only thing I had to do was add a little more flour.