Anginetti Cookies

by Jennifer Wieland

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Well, December is already here and Christmas is now knocking on the door. So that means it’s time to get baking. So what am I starting this festive baking season with? How about Anginetti cookies? What are Anginetti cookies you ask? Well, every country seems to have sweet treats that are exclusive to them. They are treats that when you have them or hear the name you immediately think of that country. Anginetti cookies are not one of these because many people here don’t know them by their name. Many of you probably know of them as those little iced Italian lemon cookies or lemon drop cookies. That at least, is how I have heard many people, restaurants and bakeries refer to them. These cookies hold a special place in my heart because they were served at the luncheon we had after our small wedding.

Some of you may still not be familiar with these little gems so let me tell you more about them. Anginetti are puffy little cookies that almost completely retain their shape when baked. They are then topped with an icing while still warm that then melts over the top and sides of the cookies. They are lemony, but the lemon is not overpowering. These are definitely a nice treat this time of the year as the lemon in them is a nice counter to the cold and gloomy days of winter. I will tell you that if you have never tried these cookies you definitely need to and if you have had them then you definitely need to make these to satisfy your cravings for them.


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2469 calories
423 g
558 g
68 g
46 g
18 g
765 g
377 g
221 g
7 g
45 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
Amount Per Serving
Calories 2469
Calories from Fat 604
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 68g
Saturated Fat 18g
Trans Fat 7g
Polyunsaturated Fat 18g
Monounsaturated Fat 27g
Cholesterol 558mg
Sodium 377mg
Total Carbohydrates 423g
Dietary Fiber 9g
Sugars 221g
Protein 46g
Vitamin A
Vitamin C
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
  1. 1 lemon
  2. 1/2 c. sugar
  3. 1/4 c. vegetable shortening
  4. 3 lg. eggs
  5. 1/2 tsp. vanilla
  6. 2 c. all-purpose flour
  7. 1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
  8. pinch of salt
  9. 1 c. powdered sugar
  1. Preheat oven to 350° and line baking pans with parchment paper.
  2. Zest lemon in a large bowl and set aside. Then cut the lemon in half and juice the lemon over a sieve and bowl to catch the pulp and seeds. Set the lemon juice aside for the icing.
  3. Cream together the lemon zest, sugar and shortening. Add the eggs and vanilla and mix well. Nest add in the flour, baking powder and salt. Mix well. The dough will be soft and somewhat sticky.
  4. Scoop the dough out and roll into balls. Place on baking sheets and bake 12-15 minutes. While the cookies are baking make the icing. In a bowl whisk together the powdered sugar and 5-6 teaspoons of lemon juice. Mix until smooth. Let the cookies cool on the pan for a minute or two and then remove. Place the cookies on a wire rack that is positioned over some wax paper. Spread about a teaspoon of icing on the top of the cookies. It will then melt and glaze more of the cookie. Let the icing set completely before wrapping up in an airtight container.
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Jennifer is a mom to 5 boys, 1 girl and 1 husband. Her kids range in age from 8-24 so things are always crazy with everything from school life, to autism and to college and beyond. She tries to bake, craft, travel and blog her way through all of the chaos and craziness that life, her kids and her husband throw her way.

24 Responses to “Anginetti Cookies”

  1. 1

    These look so yummy! I would add some lemon to the icing because I love a light lemon taste!
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    jeanae says:

    These look so yummy. I don’t believe that I have ever heard of them, but I am on the hunt for a rolled Italian cookie that I received years ago.
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  3. 3

    These look really tasty!
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  4. 4

    Oh my heavens, those look like soft pillows of cookie happiness! I want a half dozen stat.
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    Maryann says:

    they sound great. I wonder if I could sub GF flour and have them come out just as nicely.
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    I WILL be making these this holiday season. I hadn’t heard of anginetti cookies before, but if you put lemon and powdered sugar together, I am a happy camper.
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    Tammy says:

    I’m sure my husband would love these if I made them!
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    Jacklynn says:

    I don’t typically like lemon type cookies but if the taste is very light I might like them! Thanks for sharing!
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    • 8.1
      Jen W. says:

      You can always add less lemon zest and replace some of the lemon juice in the icing with water or milk. Another option is to try a different fruit. You could use orange or lime for example.

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    Melissa says:

    This sounds delicious! I’m looking for new holiday cookie recipes and this one sounds great.
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    Jenn says:

    I just went to a cookie swap today. These would have been great to bring!
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    LyndaS says:

    They remind me so much of my mother’s orange cookies. They look delicious.
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    robyn says:

    These look so yummy! i need a couple cookies for some cookie exchanges. These just may make the list.
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    Julie says:

    These sound amazing! I love lemon-y treats. 🙂
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    Jessie says:

    These look so good!! Would I be able to sub butter for the shortening?
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    • 14.1
      Jen W. says:

      I have not tried it with butter. Every recipe for these I have ever seen uses shortening or oil. Skipping butter was strange to me because I am a butter-aholic baker.

  15. 15
    Linda says:

    that looks so yummy! I want to try different recipe and it looks like tthis may be it!!
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    Karen says:

    I love lemon in anything. I’m definitely going to have to make these gluten free/
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    These look really good. I’m not a huge lemon fan, but everything else about it sounds mighty good and appealing. They definitely look like something my husband would enjoy eating.
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    Lynsey Jones says:

    I can undoubtedly say I would eat THE ENTIRE batch…. KILLN me here…
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  19. 19

    Adding these to my cookie list. I love lemony cookies!
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    Denise Stock says:

    Attempted these todaY, not sure whAt I did wrong but really aren’t very tasteful….love lemon but these didn’t work for me… Ugggg

    • 20.1
      Jen W. says:

      I’m sorry to hear that you didn’t like these Denise. All Anginetti recipes call for lemon juice and zest or lemon extract so I am not sure why yours were bland. The oils from the lemon zest being mixed in the butter usually creates a strong lemon base and then making the icing with lemon juice just adds to the lemon flavor. You could always swap out the lemon zest for lemon extract if you wanted a very strong lemon flavor.

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