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S Cookies

Copycat Recipe - aka Sicilian Cookies

"If you’ve ever been to an Italian get together or walked into an Italian bakery on the East Coast, no matter if it’s a holiday or just because you were going to visit someone, you will or have been exposed to the famous S cookies in some fashion.  They are as classic as it gets in the world of Italian cookies, probably because they’re so easy to make."

These Sicilian cookies are a holiday classic! Italian families give tins of these buttery cookie treats to neighbors around Christmas and bring them when they visit Granparents on Sundays for family dinner.

S Cookies aka Sicilian Cookies

Servings: 48 cookies

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes


  • 1 cup butter, softened

  • 3/4 cup white sugar

  • 1 egg

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

  • 1 teaspoon almond extract

  • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour

  • 1/2 cup confectioners' sugar for dusting, or see optional glaze below


Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Grease cookie sheets.

Beat butter, sugar, and egg together in a medium bowl with an electric mixer until smooth.

Stir in vanilla and almond extracts.

Blend in flour, then use your hands to form a soft dough.

Take about a teaspoon of dough at a time and roll into balls, logs, or "S" shapes. If you really want to get fancy you can twist them to make twisted ribbon shape.

Place cookies 1 to 2 inches apart on the prepared cookie sheets.

Bake in the preheated oven until edges are golden, about 10 minutes.

Allow cookies to cool completely before dusting with confectioners' sugar.


Optional Icing:

  • 2 cups powdered sugar, sifted

  • 5–7 tablespoons heavy whipping cream

Combined powdered sugar with heavy cream until desired consistency is reached. 

Drizzle over cookies or dip tops of cookies into glaze and sprinkle with extra sprinkles or colored sanding sugars if desired.


Calories: 74 | Carbohydrates: 9g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 14mg | Sodium: 29mg | Potassium: 9mg | Sugar: 4g | Calcium: 3mg

"My best friend growing up was Italian and her mom made these every holiday. Since then I searched through recipes and played with a few to make what I felt came the closest to her Mom's recipe. My friend hasn't ever actually made them, since she was not into cooking and baking like myself! I tried this recipe and made them into the traditional twisted 's' shape as her mom did. They ended up being just like hers! I brought my friend a traditional tin one year, she shared them with her brother and mother... To her suprise, she couldn't believe I mastered her great grandmothers recipe without ever actually knowing it!"

CWT is not a certified dietician or nutritionist. Any nutritional information shared on this site is an estimate counted through measurements and package nutritional information used in each recipe. If calorie, macro counting and other nutritional values are important to you, I recommend running the ingredients through your choice of nutritional calculator you prefer. Calories can vary depending on national brands used per recipe.

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