How to make Italian Cookies with glaze icing and add sprinkles after the icing dries

Italian Sugar Cookies are easy and delicious and with a little practice, you can be icing up batches of cookies with will impress all your friends.

Italian Cookie Recipe with Glaze Icing @createdbydiane


I really LOVE Italian bakeries and especially the Italian cookies.

These cookies are THOSE types of cookies!

They aren’t as sweet as sugar cookies, but then the icing hit the cookie and it’s a truly wonderful combination.

This is a great cut out cookie recipe, the cookies rise up nicely, hold their shape and have a cake like quality to them that is irresistible.

These are tender and flavorful.

They have a lovely vanilla taste with a sweet icing on top is the perfect addition to them.

I’ve cut out lots of cookies and when I first started blogging I wrote posts for other blogs and now realize I didn’t share some of those informative posts with my readers.

Today I’m sharing an older post and all I will say is my cookie decorating has gotten better and so has my photo taking abilities. But I wanted to share this post with you.

See… practice makes perfect or in my case it gets better with time, perfect…well maybe not yet, but I’m trying!

This is still a favorite tried and true cookie recipe and with all the Holiday upcoming baking, you may want to try this one and the fun tip I have for adding sprinkles after the icing has dried.



These are so many options with cut out cookies, you can change the shape and colors but having a cookie and icing recipe you can GO TO, is priceless!

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Begin with a cooled cookie and prepare icing. Place icing in a piping bag with a #2 tip for outlining your design.

Outline your cookie. Leave just a little cookie showing so the icing won’t fall off the edge when you fill it.
Hold the tip off the cookie and let the icing fall onto the cookie for a smooth line. Don’t stretch the icing.

I outline 6 cookies then fill them in, the outline is not very noticeable, but allowing it a couple minutes to set up help the other icing from falling off the edge.
Then fill in the icing, you can switch to a #3 tip to fill it in easier. If it’s not filling in completely within 10 seconds use a tooth pick or the tip of the icing and swirl the icing to fill in the empty spaces.

If you are using two or more colors finish one color first and allow it to set up, then work with the other colors, that way they are less likely to run into each other. which happens more often with darker colors.


This is a great trick to get sprinkles to stick on a portion of the cookies especially if you don’t want more icing added. If you are working on a large batch, this works well, once the area has dried I take a small paintbrush and lightly apply a stroke of vodka to the area you want sprinkles. If you are covering the entire cookie in sprinkles then just apply the sprinkles when the icing is still wet.

Once the icing has dried (about an hour) you can apply some details without it bleeding. I piped on a simple snowflake with the white icing and #2 tip.
Allow your cookie to set overnight.

They will not get stale, the icing is covering the majority of the cookie and they will still taste fresh and delicious.

This project can be broken up into stages and you can make the cookies ahead of time.

Place in a covered container.

Then  ice them another day.

When I work on a large project 8-10 dozen with multiple colors, I break it up and work on them for three days especially if I’m wrapping them individually, that takes time.

Italian Cookies
  • 5eggs
  • 1½cups salted butter melted and cooled (10 minutes)
  • 5-6 cups flour
  • 1 ¾ sugar
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 3 tsp vanilla
  1. In medium bowl, whisk eggs and melted butter.
  2. In large bowl stir together flour, sugar and baking powder.
  3. Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients and add the egg mixture then vanilla.
  4. Mix, until shiny. About 2 minutes.
  5. Cover bowl with waxed paper and let the dough stand at room temperature for 20 minutes. When rolling out this dough, don’t be afraid to add flour. It will not make the dough tough.
  6. Heat oven to 350 degrees roll out dough to ⅜" thick with flour and cut with cookie cutter.
  7. Bake 12 minutes
  8. Makes at least 5 dozen (3 inch) cookies.
  9. Let cookies completely cool before icing.

glaze icing
  • 2 cups confectioners’ (powdered) sugar
  • 4 Tablespoons water
  • 1 Tablespoon corn syrup
  1. In small bowl mix together until smooth add more milk/water if too thick or confectioners’ sugar if too thin.
  2. Add food coloring and mix well. I prefer Americolor food coloring.
  3. When you pull up some icing on a spatula and drizzle it back into the bowl, the design should disappear in 10 seconds for the correct consistency.
  4. Outline the cookie with a #2 tip and use a #3 tip to fill in the design.
  5. Let icing set on decorated cookies before storing, this takes about 12 hours.
  6. The cookies won’t go stale, the icing is covering the tops preserving the freshness.



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  1. 1

    karo says

    You are a great teacher. Thanks for all the tips because I am seriously handicapped when it comes to decorating!
    I love this article and the tidbit about the vodka. Am wondering how you discovered it. :)

    • 2

      Diane says

      practice makes perfect on icing cookies I’ve found…good luck :) I don’t recall how I came across the tip on the vodka, but I’ve been using it for years.

  2. 4


    I am completely icing and frosting challenged, but I think I might actually be able to do this. I needed to understand how to make a smooth cookie icing without making royal icing. Your recipe is just the ticket!


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