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Grandma's Soft Italian Wedding Cookies with Frosting (Wedding Tray Cookies)

Mom's and Grandma's special recipe handed down from generation to generation. You will often find this soft frosted cookies on large trays at Italian weddings and other Italian functions. Very versatile, flavored any way you like them. I love to tint them at Christmas in green or pink for the holiday.

Italian Wedding Tray Cookies
3/4 cup butter
1/2 cup sugar
3 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 tablespoon lemon, almond, vanilla or anise extract
3 cups flour
1 tablespoon baking powder

Mix all ingredients in a bowl, drop on cookies sheets by teaspoons. Bake at 350 till brown around 8 to 12 minutes. The tops will look dry and the bottoms will be brown. Cool frost add colored sprinkles.
2 1/2 cup confectioners (powdered) sugar
3 tablespoons butter softened
1 teaspoons of extract of your choice above
2 to 3 tablespoons water to mix
Mix adding more water if this is too thick to spread, add more powdered sugar if it's too thin.. beat till smooth.


  1. My mom use to make these cookies and it was a favorite. Well done!!

  2. My mom too! And my grandmother! Did we grow up in the same neighborhood?!

  3. Ooooohhh love this !!! Can you fedex this to me!!!

  4. it's so nice that you're making these cookies from your childhood, I love doing that too, reminds me of happy times with my family.

  5. looks so good -we still make many italian cookies during christmas. my fav time of year!

  6. These cookies looks so soft and highly addictive!

  7. They look delicious! I love food that has history...

  8. I like that you can flavor these anyway you want. I'd go almond!

  9. I have been asking everybody in my family for this recipe that my grandmother use to make--nobody has it! Thank you!!!!

  10. I have never come across anyone else with this recipe. My grandmother always made these with anise flavoring and taught me to make them when I was ten and I've been making them ever since. They are a family fave!

  11. Hi! I want to use these cookies for a school project but i need the nutritional info. Do you have it?


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