Many thanks to my mom for helping bring this holiday recipe for “Mom’s Italian Ribbon Christmas Cookies” to see the light of Christmas day. Throw a log on the fire, turn on the Christmas music and pour yourself a glass of egg nog. This is going to be a new Christmas tradition recipe in your family. And this is not a quick and easy recipe. This is a recipe is a great excuse to spend the day with the family, enjoying each other and getting in the spirit. If you want to make a smaller batch, cut everything in half.

My mother has been making this recipe forever but none of us ever took the opportunity to watch the whole process from start to finish. And, honestly, you would have to be a pretty skilled mind reader to decipher her recipe card and make these cookies without her by your side. My mom’s a great cook and a great baker, so she’s done most of her cooking and baking by pinching, eye-ing and guessing food into existence, without much measuring if any. Somehow, it always works. For the sake of everyone else in our family and for the rest of the world, John and I spent a full Sunday with my Mom and Dad and transcribed the entire recipe in writing, pictures and (coming soon) video.

Ingredients for Cookies:

2 pounds flour (buy in 2 pound bag) or 6 and 2/3 cups
½ cup sugar
½ cup canola oil
canola oil for frying (check this)
8 large eggs
3 and ½ tablespoons baking powder
1 tsp. salt

Ingredients to Drizzle After Cooking

2-3 cups honey
Powdered sugar shaker

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