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Christmas cookie recipe: S cookies

S cookies are a popular Italian treat around Christmas. Dip in coffee--or wine! I hear the latter is a decadent treat. Cookies and wine--who would've thought?

Also, this dough is a workout! With all that flour that needs to be mixed by hand, you can get all that holiday stress out.


6 cups flour, sifted

1 1/2 cup sugar, sifted

1 cup butter, softened

4 eggs

1/2 cup milk

3 tablespoons baking powder

2 teaspoons of vanilla

Zest of 1 lemon, plus the juice


Beat the eggs well. Fold sugar in gradually, then the butter. Beat well. Fold 1/2 cup milk and lemon zest and the juice and two teaspoons of vanilla.

Gradually fold four cups of the flour and baking powder. After the 4 cups of flour are added, you need to add 2 more cups of flour gradually. At this point, you have to mix the dough by hand. You may need 1/2 cup more flour. The dough is just right when it falls off your hands and does not stick.

Shape cookies to form an S about 2 inches long.

Bake at 350 until light brown on a cookie sheet, 15 to 20 minutes.

Remove and finish browning the cookies under the broiler for 5 minutes or until browned to your liking.

Mix together: 1 stick of butter, 3 cups of confectioners sugar and 7 teaspoons of milk.

Divide frosting into three small bowls. Leave one bowl of white frosting. Make chocolate frosting by adding 2 teaspoons of cocoa.

Make the last bowl of frosting pink by adding just a drop or two of red food coloring. Or for a holiday look use green.