What are some variations of Italian wedding cookies?


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Italian wedding cookies vary in shape and flavor. Typically, the round, buttery cookies are rolled in powdered sugar, but cooks may add spices, nuts and flavor extracts to the dough and coating. Other variations call for shortening rather than butter or for eggs and ricotta cheese for a different texture.

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A spiced chocolate Italian wedding cookie recipe includes cocoa, allspice, cinnamon, cloves and walnuts. Chocolate chips add a flavor contrast when mixed with a plain butter base. Instead of the traditional powdered sugar or cocoa coating, cooks may also top the cookies with a drizzled liquid icing and add decorative sprinkles or finely chopped nuts. Spearmint or anise flavor adds an Old World twist to the cookies.

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