Italian Butter Cookies Recipe: A Classic Delight

The Italian-American Page Team

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Italian Butter Cookies, or “Biscotti di Burro,” are a delightful treat that perfectly balances a rich, buttery flavor with a light, crumbly texture. These cookies are a staple in many Italian households, often enjoyed with a cup of coffee or as a sweet ending to a meal. Whether baking for a special occasion or simply craving something sweet, this classic recipe will surely impress.


For 2 Dozen Cookies:

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 8 ounces unsalted butter, softened
  • 2/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 egg yolks, room temperature
  • 3 tablespoons whole milk
  • Candied cherries for garnish


  1. Preheat and Prepare: Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper to prevent sticking and ensure even baking.
  2. Mix Dry Ingredients: In a mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, and salt. Set this dry mixture aside for later.
  3. Cream Butter and Sugar: In another mixing bowl, combine the softened butter, granulated sugar, and vanilla extract. Beat with an electric mixer on medium speed until the mixture is smooth and fluffy.
  4. Incorporate Egg Yolks: Add the egg yolks one at a time to the butter mixture, beating well after each addition until fully incorporated.
  5. Form the Dough: Gradually add the dry ingredients to the butter mixture, beating until a stiff dough forms. Add the whole milk and mix until fully absorbed, being careful not to overmix.
  6. Pipe the Cookies: Transfer the dough to a pastry bag fitted with a large star tip. Pipe out swirls onto the prepared baking sheet, spacing them about 1 1/2 inches apart. Each baking sheet should hold about 6 cookies. Place a candied cherry in the center of each swirl.
  7. Bake: Bake the cookies for 12-14 minutes, or until the edges are golden brown.
  8. Cool and Serve: Allow the cookies to cool completely on the baking sheet before serving. Enjoy them with a cup of espresso or as a delightful snack anytime.


These Italian Butter Cookies are a timeless treat that bring a touch of Italian tradition to your kitchen. Their delicate, buttery flavor and beautiful presentation make them perfect for any occasion, from festive gatherings to everyday indulgence. Enjoy baking and sharing these cookies with family and friends, and savor the joy of a classic Italian dessert.

Buon appetito!