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Italian Breakfast Cookies

Italian Breakfast Cookies

These simple cookies are typically the Italian breakfast of choice served with a bowl or mug of hot milk and coffee, they are perfect for dunking! 
Course Breakfast, Dessert
Cuisine Sicilian-Italian
Keyword Italian breakfast cookies, Italian cookies
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 32 cookies
Calories 90kcal


  • 4 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 3 tsp baking powder
  • 2 2/3 cups all-purpose flour
  • sprinkles, optional


  • Preheat oven to 350F and prepare 2 baking sheets covered in parchment paper.
  • In a large bowl, combine eggs, sugar and oil.  Mix well.
  • Add the vanilla and stir.  Add the flour and baking powder and stir with a wooden spoon until the flour is fully incorporated. 
  • The dough will be firm but sticky.
  • Prepare a small bowl with a spoonful or two of vegetable oil.  Lightly grease the surface of a wood cutting board.
  • Spoon about 1 tablespoon full of dough onto the board. You may lightly grease the tips of your fingers to prevent the dough from sticking to your hands. 
  • Using the palms of your hands, roll the dough into a rope of about 1 cm thickness. Connect both ends and twist twice. Place on the baking sheet.
  • Top with sprinkles, if desired.  Bake for 30 minutes or until the cookies are lightly browned underneath.
  • Cool completely on a wire rack before storing. 



  • The vanilla may be replaced with lemon zest for a different flavor.
  • Be sure not to add too much oil to your wood board or fingers when shaping the cookies.  Otherwise the dough will slip instead of roll!
  • Italian Breakfast Cookies can be stored at room temperature in a tightly sealed container.
  • Alternately, freeze them in an airtight container for up to 3 months.  Defrost at room temperature before serving.


Calories: 90kcal | Carbohydrates: 11g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 26mg | Sodium: 10mg | Potassium: 68mg | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 40IU | Calcium: 26mg | Iron: 0.6mg