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Italian White Christmas Cookies

Make these delicious Italian White Christmas Cookies for the holidays this year, you'll be sure to have your guest raving for more. It was voted in my house as one of the best Christmas cookie recipes ever, a real Italian treat.

Cooking Time: 13 min

Ingredients
  • 4 cups sugar
  • 2 cups white vegetable shortening ( such as Crisco )
  • 6 eggs
  • 2 cups buttermilk
  • 4 teaspoons lemon or vanilla or anise extract
  • 2 teaspoons cream of tartar
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 7 1/2 cups flour ( see instructions below )
  • Optional: white icing or glaze
  • colored sugar sprinkle, nuts etc.
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.
     
  2. Cream shortening and sugar with electric mixer.
     
  3. Add eggs one at a time and beat well.
     
  4. Add buttermilk, flavor extract, baking soda and cream of tarter and blend well.
     
  5. Now by hand with a wooden spoon, add flour 1 cup at a time until the mixture is stiff.
     
  6. Drop from heaping tablespoons onto a lightly greased cookie sheet 2 to 3 inches apart.
     
  7. If not icing you may press on the nuts or sprinkles now (or you can ice or frost and decorate with sprinkles after baking).
     
  8. Bake at 425 degrees F at center oven rack for 10 to 13 minutes or until cookie edges are slightly brown and tops look set. DO NOT OVERBAKE.
     
  9. Overbaking cause dry , hard cookies. Carefully remove to rack to cool.Frost or decorate as desired.
Notes

Recipe may be halved, cookies freeze well, for best baking use an insulated baking sheet as these tend to burn on the bottom. Store airtight.

Recipe makes several dozen.

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