A Sweet Holiday: Blythe's Angelettis

photoI love to make cookies, and am a big fan of Christmas traditions, so December is a month-long cookie spree for me. There are cookies that I make without fail every year (Russian teacakes, sugar cookies, LinnieGayl’s peanut blossoms, and thumbprint cookies), and some we make every few years. I also like to try a new Christmas recipe every year (usually from the December Good Housekeeping). This year’s new cookie, Christmas macaroons, was a huge, fat failure that we will not be trying again..ever! Angeletti is one of our successes. They look festive (and almost deceptively fancy – they really are easy to make). They are also delicious – they almost taste like tiny donuts.


8  tablespoons (1 stick) unsalted butter, melted

1/2  cup granulated sugar

1/2  teaspoon pure vanilla extract

2 large eggs

2  cups all-purpose flour, spooned and leveled, plus more for rolling the dough

2  teaspoons baking powder

1/4  teaspoon kosher salt


1 1/3  cups confectioners’ sugar

1/2  teaspoon pure vanilla extract

2  tablespoons multicolor nonpareil sprinkles, for decoration (optional)


1. Heat oven to 375° F.

2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the butter, granulated sugar, vanilla, and eggs until blended. Add the flour, baking powder, and salt and mix until just combined (do not overmix).

3. With floured hands, roll level tablespoonfuls of the dough into balls and place on parchment-lined baking sheets, spacing them 2 inches apart. Bake until puffed and the bottoms are pale golden, 7 to 8 minutes. Transfer to a rack to cool completely.

4. Make the glaze: In a small bowl, whisk together the confectioners’ sugar, 2 tablespoons water, and the vanilla until the mixture forms a thick but pourable glaze (add more water if necessary).

Dip the top of each cookie into the glaze and let set, rounded side up, on a rack set over a piece of parchment paper. Sprinkle with non-pareils, if using. Allow the glaze to set, about 20 minutes. Store the cookies in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 5 days.


– Blythe AAR


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Leigh Davis
Leigh Davis
12/20/2012 8:46 am

Yes they look extremely good. I will have to try these – maybe for a work potluck.

12/19/2012 10:03 pm

Those do look yummy!