Eggs and butter incorporate more easily into a batter when they are at room temperature. 

For butter: Remove from the refrigerator at least one hour or up to a day before using.  To help butter warm up, cut it into pieces. Or if you are in a hurry, microwave it on 20 percent power for a few seconds at a time.

For eggs: Remove from the refrigerator 20 to 30 minutes before using.  For faster warming, soak whole eggs in a bowl of warm water until they are no longer cool to the touch, about 5 minutes.
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Italian Cookie Recipes

Cookies, or biscotti, are the most loved and most eaten sweet in Italy. From hard, slightly sweet biscuit-like cookies that are eaten with the morning cappuccino to more elaborate confections filled with fruit and nuts for holidays and feast days.
Amaretti Cookies
Amaretti Cookies
Amaretti are a classic Italian cookie.  They are made with finely ground almonds and a very small amount of flour.   Amaretti are enjoyed not only as a sweet treat but as an ingredient in many Italian recipes.
All Soul's Day Cookies
All Soul's Day Cookies
Anise and Orange Cookies
Anise and Orange Cookies
Butter Cookies
Butter Cookies
Cherry Cream Cheese Cookies
Cherry Cream Cheese Cookies
Chocolate Kisses - Baci di Cioccolato
Chocolate Kisses - Baci di Cioccolato
Espresso Chocolate Chip Cookies
Chocolate Espresso Cookies
Christmas Cookies
Christmas Cookies
Cuccidati - Spiced Fig Cookies
Italian Love Knot Cookies
Sweet treats like these are meant to bring some cheer to compensate for the sadness of All Soul's Day, sometimes called the "Day of the Dead,"  on November 2.
These traditional Italian cookies have a cake-like texture and a mild anise flavor.  They are glazed with a delicate icing and topped with colorful candy sprinkles.
Biscotti are crisp Italian cookies that are made by baking cookie dough in long logs, cutting these into slices, and reheating them to dry them out.
Butter cookies are sweet, buttery, and crisp ... a perfect cookie combination. They are easy to make and decorate for any occasion.
Cantuccini are miniature biscotti that come from Prato, near Florence, Italy.  Cantuccini are firmer and crisper than regular biscotti. They are commonly used for dipping in Vin Santo, a sweet dessert wine.
Cherry Cream Cheese Cookies taste like mini cherry pies.  The butter and cream cheese in the dough create a flaky pastry; while the cherries, coconut, and jam blend
into a juicy fruit filling.
Chocolate chip cookies with a grown up flavor.  The espresso acts to enhance the flavor of the chocolate.
Chocolate filled sandwich cookies are a favorite in Verona, the setting for Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet.
Share the sweet spirit of the season with Christmas cookies that "really say Christmas."
Cuccidati is a Sicilian cookie that is almost like a pastry.  It has a sweet dough that is wrapped around a filling of dried figs, raisins, walnuts, and chocolate that is flavored with orange and spices.
This soft, slightly crumbly citrus-flavored cookie is known by a variety of names;  Knot Cookies, Lemon Knots, and Anginetti are just a few.
Lace cookie formed into a cannoli
Lace Cookies
Lace cookies are made from a dropped batter that spreads and separates as it bakes into lacy, brittle, see-through wafers.
Italian Cookie Recipes
Italian Cookie Recipes
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Italian Wedding Cookies
Italian Wedding Cookies
A traditional cookie served as part of an Italian wedding cookie tray, they are also a popular Christmas cookie.
Bocconotti, a word that literally means "small bites'  are traditionally made in individual baking cups with a delicate lemon flavored pastry shell filled with a chocolate-almond filling.
Perfect for adding numbers to birthday and anniversary cakes
Create personal greetings with cookies, fondant or cakes
Use your heart cookie cutters in lots of different ways:

POLENTA: Cut firm polenta and saute

BEETS:  Slice roasted beets and cut out hearts

FRENCH TOAST: Freeze the bread about 15 minutes before cutting out hearts

ICE CREAM SANDWICHES:  Use a butter cookie recipe; sandwich 2 cookies with ice cream

SCONES: Cut the dough before baking

CARROTS: Slice into 1/4-inch thick rounds while raw, then cut our hearts.  Add to soup and simmer until tender

BROWNIES: Cut the hearts after baking. Coat the cookies cutter with non-stick spray between cuts.  Brownie recipe
Italian Bakery Butter Cookies
Get ready to wow your family and friends with these butter cookies that taste just like you bought them at an authentic Italian bakery. 
This is a great starter kit for the amateur macaron baker.  The printed circles on the mats help with consistency in size, making the macarons look more professional.
There's also less waste and expense than when using parchment paper.
The silicone helps to distribute the heat evenly so that all the macarons have the same color on the bottom.
Limoncello Cookies
Limoncello cookies are pillow soft, flavored with Limoncello liqueur and lemon zest and topped with a tart lemon glaze. 
Jam Filled Cream Cheese Cookies
These popular cookies are shaped like bow ties, have a crisp texture, a buttery flavor and can be filled with your favorite flavor of jam.
The large, contoured lever is easy to grip and the clear cylindrical barrel shows how much dough remains and disassembles for easy loading and cleaning.
Use a cookie press to decorate Stuffed Eggs
Italian Butterhorn Cookies
Butterhorns have a flaky butter and sour cream pastry that is rolled up with cinnamon sugar and walnuts.
Shortbread cookies from Liguiria
Canestrelli are a classic shortbread cookie that have a characteristic flower shape with a hole in the center and are buttery, light and crumbly. 
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Florentine Cookies
Florentines are wafer-thin, lacy and crisp almond toffee-like cookies that are a Christmas classic in Tuscany.

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