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Authentic Italian Butter Cookies Recipe

This Italian Butter Cookies Recipe is to die for. Simple, delicious and easy to make.
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: butter, cookies, dessert, italian
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Servings: 70
Calories: 46kcal
Author: Nonna Box


  • 230 g butter at room temperature
  • 1 tbsp. of vanilla extract
  • 320 g flour
  • 1 tbsp. salt fine
  • 100 g sugar granulated
  • Powdered sugar for decorating


  • Cut the butter into cubes and place them in a mixer, with the salt, granulated sugar and vanilla extract.
  • Mix them until they blend, forming a cream.
  • Sift the flour, add it to the mixture and continue to mix until it has a crumby texture.
  • Place the dough on a lightly floured pastry board . The dough will be very soft and easily workable. Compact it, to make it smooth, then use your hands to flatten it.
  • Cover it with a plastic wrap and store it in the refrigerator, to harden for at least half an hour.
  • Afterwards, take the mixture from the fridge and cut it with a knife in 4 cylinder shapes of 3 cm diameter, then cover the rolls using plastic wrap and place them in the fridge again for 3 hours, so that the dough is compact enough.
  • After the three hours have passed, place each cylinder in granulated sugar, making sure that the surface is even.
  • Using a knife, divide the cylinders in discs of 2 cm thickness, then place the cookies on baking paper over a tray.
  • Bake them in a preheated oven at 200 degrees Celsius (392 F) for about 15 minutes, until they get light browned.
  • Remove them from the oven, then immediately place them on a rack, so that they keep their sandy texture.


  • You can decorate them with powdered sugar.
  • Cooking time varies depending on how thick you want them to be. Thinner biscuits need a few minutes less, while thicker biscuits will need a few minutes more.


Calories: 46kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 7mg | Sodium: 105mg | Potassium: 5mg | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 80IU | Calcium: 1mg | Iron: 0.2mg
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