Total Time:  40 min
Prep Time: 10 min
Cook Time: 30 min

Servings: 30-36 Cookies

Sicilian Vanilla Cookies were the first recipe that I learned from my husbands Nona. They are a simple cookie, but absolutely delicious. They can be frozen also. Decorate with sprinkles for the current holiday or season. I was taught to shape them into a “S” for Sicily.

sicilian vanilla cookie recipe


  • 1 cup Crisco all vegetable shortening
  • 1 cup C&H pure cane granulated white sugar
  • 4 wilcox eggs
  • 3 1/2 cups gold medal flour
  • 3 1/2 tsp. rumford baking powder
  • 1 1/2  tsp. McCormick vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup darigold milk


Cream together Crisco, sugar and eggs. Add milk, vanilla then gradually add flour and baking powder. Let dough stand a while and cover. Form a “S” then bake on ungreaded pan at 375 for 10-15 minutes until golden. In a bowl mix confectionery sugar with a little water and beat until creamy. Dip cooled cookie in mixture and add sprinkles if desired. Let dry.

More about Sicilian Vanilla Cookie

Sicily is the largest island in the Mediterranean Sea. With a typical Mediterranean climate, Sicily’s most known landmark is Mt. Etna. This is the tallest active volcano in Europe and on of the most active in the world. The earliest evidence of human dwelling dates back as early as 8000 BC. Many different groups have ruled Sicily, but in 1946 the Italian Republic finally granted it as an autonomous region. Sicily has an unique culture with arts, music, literature, cuisine and architecture.

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