Requested Recipe ~ Italian Lemon Drop, Anginette Sicilian Cookies

What a mouthful.

What a mouthful!

When I met my husband, his Italian grandmother used to make these cookies every Christmas. I remember sitting at her kitchen table watching her roll out the dough and watching my husband delight in teasing her. They called them...and this is spelled how they said it....Sij-eel-ions.

Only recently have I found them online as Italian lemon drop cookies or Anginettes. They look at me oddly when I call them this. I'm not 100% Italian and it shows.

When our dear Nan got into her 90's, my husband asked her for the recipe and wrote it down in his own hand. Nan has passed on and we make the cookies now every Christmas and Easter, as they are now not only my husband's favorite but my oldest son's too. It was sweet this year to watch my husband work the dough and reminisce about his Nan.

Several requests for the recipe, so here it is...

Huge batch/mine made 200 drops                                      Half batch

1/2 lb Lard (Nope. Couldn't do it. I use butter                        1/4 lb  
flavored Crisco)

1/4 lb butter                                                                           1/2 stick butter

Dozen eggs                                                                            6 eggs

2 cups sugar                                                                          1 cup sugar

12 tsp. baking powder                                                            6 teaspoons

pinch salt                                                                                pinch

Flour for consistency                                                              Flour
(This is hard. For me it came from watching.
It's going to be lots and lots of cups. You want the dough to be dry, like a bread dough. Not like a cookie dough at all. A dry ball of dough.

My addition is that I also add a splash of lemon extract and vanilla extract to this.

Melt butter and Crisco to liquid. Don't boil, just gently melt.  In a mixer, cream sugar, eggs, baking powder salt and extracts. Add in the melted ingredients. Then, little by little work flour into the dough with hands...kneeding and adding more flour...till consistency. You will build strong, Italian arm muscles or you will call your husband in to do it.

Wet a paper towel to lay over the dough while you are cooking batches. You will bake cookies at 375 for 8 minutes maybe. Watch them! You don't want them to cook till hard. They will look like little bread biscuits.

Nan used to roll them out like thick spaghetti and twist them into shapes. Too tiring. I roll them like a ball,a little bigger than a quarter. Then I flatten them with the back of a fork so that the tines make a ridged impression. They will bake up puffy, but the slight ridges give texture for the icing to grab.

Icing - another look and feel situation. Use a new bag of Domino confectioner powder sugar. Experiment adding small amounts of water to it and of course lemon extract to give it strong, lemon flavor. But you want this to be thick and pasty, so that it globs and sticks to cookie. It's messy but you spoon this icing on 5 or 6 cookies at a time and then shake the sprinkles on before the icing sets so the sprinkles stick in.

Save cleaning your kitchen floor until after sprinkling!

These are unique! I don't know anyone else that makes them and they don't taste or look like any other cookie! So as Nan used to say, "Mangia e statti zitto!" (Shut up and eat)


Lisa said...

You had this Italian girl smiling from ear to ear reading this! :-)
Looks yummy! Feel free to link it up with my "Try a New Recipe Tuesday!" Hope you have a great weekend. God bless!

Karri Reiser said...

These look so yummy! My husband loves anything lemon so this will soon be a family favorite.
Karri from

Lena ~ JOYfilled family said...

tempting! i love lemon everything! i may have to tweak the recipe and give them a try.

Steve Girone said...

Multo buoni!

Allison said...

Thanks, friends!

Lena, if you tweek it let me know about it turns out.

Softie said...

Thank you for posting this! Sounds so good.

Adorable photo of your Nan. :)

Gardenia said...

Your Nan is beautiful!! and what a touching way to remember her! Those cookies look scrumptious! thank you for the recipe! Now Nan lives on in many other families too!!

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