Canestreletti or Canestrelli

  • 55 mins total
  • 15 mins prep
  • 10 mins cook
  • 30 mins Resting Time
  • serves 4 dozen
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  1. Maria says:

    I can imagine the subtle citrusy aroma spreading in the house while these cookies are in the oven. Lovely memories to go with a lovely recipe.

    1. Giangi Townsend says:

      Thank you Maria

  2. Sue says:

    Oh my goodness these cookies look like perfect buttery bites! I will be making these with my holiday baking for sure!

    1. Giangi Townsend says:

      Thank you Sue! You will enjoy them

  3. Kayla DiMaggio says:

    Yum! I am loving these Christmas cookies! They are so easy and delicious!

    1. Giangi Townsend says:

      Thank you! Yes, quite delicious and gone so fast too 🙂 make more

    2. Sam says:

      What an awesome recipe! So perfect for the holiday season. Delicious!

    3. Giangi Townsend says:

      Thank you, Sam! Absolutely, you will enjoy it

  4. Emily Flint says:

    These cookies sound amazing and I love that you are keeping your family tradition alive! Such a sweet story and awesome recipe. These will be on my holiday table for sure!

    1. Giangi Townsend says:

      Thank you so much, Emily. I enjoy old and new traditions, that is the fun of life, at least for me.

  5. Mihaela | https://theworldisanoyster.com/ says:

    As always, I appreciate the history and love you put in each of your recipes! And I have known these cookies since I travelled around Italy, I know how tasty they are! Getting ready to bake in a minute!

    1. Giangi Townsend says:

      Thank you so much, Mihaela! Happy baking and thank you for stopping by Giangi’s Kitchen.

  6. Cindy Mom the Lunch Lady says:

    Oh goodness! I am adding these to my holiday baking list this year. Butter cookies with citrus sound amazing!

    1. Giangi Townsend says:

      They sure are! You will enjoy them.
      Happy baking!

  7. Kalin Williams says:

    What perfect treats to have at the holidays! I love all your tips, they are super helpful

    1. Giangi Townsend says:

      Thank you, Kalin! Thank you for stopping Giangi’s Kitchen and that the tips can be of help to you

  8. Michael DiMaggio says:

    Loving these! They remind me of my childhood christmas cookies growing up in an italian family!

    1. Giangi Townsend says:

      Thank you!

  9. Brianna says:

    Love these cookies! Great texture and not too sweet.

    1. Giangi Townsend says:

      Absolutely! That is one of the things I love the most about them, not too sweet.
      Enjoy!

  10. Addie says:

    So fun and festive for Christmas!

    1. Giangi Townsend says:

      Thank you! and so yummy too.
      Enjoy!!

  11. Natalie says:

    Delicious cookies. I’m going to add them to my Holiday baking list. Yum!

    1. Giangi Townsend says:

      Thank you, Natalie! I am delighted that you will make them. I am sure you will enjoy them.
      Happy Baking!

  12. Dawn Conklin says:

    These are so delicious! I can definitely see how they are a holiday tradition passed down through generations. The family loved them and we will be making these with our Christmas cookies this year too.

    1. Giangi Townsend says:

      Thank you! I am so happy you will make them for your family. Little sweet morcels.
      Enjoy!

  13. Emily Flint says:

    Such a simple recipe for cookies that are beyond deilcious! I also love your photo…I’m going to try and replicate your presentation for my Christmas party…wish me luck!

    1. Giangi Townsend says:

      You got this, Emily, no luck needed. I am so happy you like them and I am sure your guests will enjoy them too.
      Thank you!

  14. Susan says:

    The perfect cookie!

    1. Giangi Townsend says:

      Thank you!

  15. Jeannie says:

    I made this for myself first and will be making again to share as gifts to my friends, these cookies is a perfect gift idea to share.

    1. Giangi Townsend says:

      Thank you, Jeannie! I am so happy you enjoyed them and are making them for your friends.
      Happy Holidays!

  16. Abhi says:

    I can’t wait to give it a try such a lovely recipe!!

    1. Giangi Townsend says:

      Thank you! Let me know when you do, love your input.
      Enjoy!

  17. Cindy Mom the Lunch Lady says:

    My SO has told me about these cookies, that his nonna would make for the holidays. Thank you for sharing the recipe!!!

    1. Giangi Townsend says:

      The pleasure is all mine.

  18. Matej says:

    These look like the perfect Christmas treats! Similar to what I’m baking, but still a bit different. Will try your recipe this year 🙂

    1. Giangi Townsend says:

      Thank you, Matej! They are perfect now and all year round too. Love to see your recipe.
      Enjoy!

  19. Gabriela Herrera says:

    These Canestreletti Short Bread Cookies are perfect Giangi, thank you so much for the recipe.

    1. Giangi Townsend says:

      The pleasure is all mine Gabriela.
      Enjoy!

  20. Natalie says:

    Beautiful cookies. Perfect Christmas treat. I’m going to add your recipe to my baking list.

    1. Giangi Townsend says:

      Thank you, Natalie! You will enjoy them and they are perfect all year round too, just in case 😋

  21. Gina Abernathy says:

    Thank you for sharing! Being from an Italian family, I have very few passed down recipes from my relatives. Still not sure why, but Italians will not share their recipes. I have tried for years to get my relatives to put together a cook book of family favorites and they very nicely declined to share. So, I’ll just have to look for more along the way.

    1. Giangi Townsend says:

      I can sympathize with you here. This recipe was given to me and yet one of the ingredients was not given to me correctly thus never coming out perfect. Until the day my mother was making them and here she is pulling out the right sugar to use. I feel as pulling a recipe out of a family member is the same as asking a chef their cooking secrets: you will never get the whole recipe.
      Thank you, Gina, for stopping by Giangi’s Kitchen!

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