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    Homemade Sicilian S Cookies Recipe

    Published December 11, 2020. This post may contain affiliate links. Please read my disclosure policy.

    Bring my Sicilian grandma right to your kitchen with this generations-old easy to make S cookie recipe that is guaranteed to produce smiles!

    I love sharing my family recipes and if you’re a huge Italian or Sicilian food fan then definitely check out my  Spaghetti sauce or Cannoli’s.

    bowl full of glazed S cookies

    S Cookies

    If you’ve ever been to an Italian or Sicilian get together, no matter if it’s a holiday or just a back-yard party, you will inevitably be exposed to 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.

    My family has been making S cookies for generations.  My grandma’s mom made them, my grandma made them, and now all of my aunts and mom make them.  It’s a very simple recipe and incredibly inexpensive to make, and also not to mention it’s great to make with the kids.

    What Type of Cookie Is It?

    When making the s cookie you may recognize that some of the procedures are very similar to making homemade pie dough.  In fact, when you taste it, it will sort of be like eating the lightest, fluffiest, butter-filled pie dough you’ve ever eaten.

    The dough is a basic butter cookie accept you aren’t creaming the butter, you cut it in with the dry ingredients.  While just messing around with the original recipe, I tried creaming the butter and the cookies came out super flat, so don’t do it.  These are the absolute perfect cookie to enjoy in the morning with coffee.

    How to Make S Cookies

    Follow these very easy to make procedures for making my homemade S cookie recipe:

    Cut the butter into flour, sugar, and baking powder in a large bowl until it resembles a meal and the butter is the size of couscous.

    cutting butter with flour in a bowl using a pastry knife

    Next, in a separate bowl whisk together the eggs and vanilla until completely combined.

    whisking together eggs in a bowl

    Transfer the dry ingredients onto a clean surface and form a well in the center.

    making a well in flour

    Pour in the wet ingredients to the center of the dry ingredient well.

    adding whisked eggs to the center of a flour well

    Knead the dough for 4-6 minutes or until it becomes a soft cookie dough and then let it rest in the refrigerator for 20 minutes.  You may need to add water to the dough while kneading if it’s too dry.

    kneading cookie dough on a countertop

    Take about 2 tablespoons of the dough and roll it out on a clean surface and bring in the ends to form an S.

    raw s shaped cookie dough

    Bake the cookies on a sheet tray lined with parchment paper at 350° F on the bottom rack for 5 minutes and then on the top rack at 350° for 5 minutes and then cool.

    baked s cookies on a sheet tray with parchment paper

    While the cookies are cooling, whisk together some powdered sugar and milk together in a bowl.

    whisking together powdered sugar and milk in a bowl

    Dip the cookies or brush them with the powdered sugar glaze and serve.

    dipping baked s cookies into powdered sugar glaze

    Recipe Chef Notes + Tips

    Make-Ahead: You can make these up to 2-3 days ahead of time.

    How to Store: Keep these in plastic bags at room temperature for up to 6 days or in the refrigerator for up to 8 days.  These freeze extremely well in plastic bags for up to 3 months.  Thaw at room temperature and serve.

    Be sure the butter is softened before trying to cut it into the dry ingredients.

    My Aunt Pam swears that if you use ½ Blue Bonnet margarine, the cookies will taste better.  I used all unsalted butter, but it’s up to you.

    If butter is too expensive you can use 100% margarine, which is what my grandma did.

    My family also adds up to 4 tablespoons of vanilla, but that’s too much for me.

    To fast track this recipe, cut the butter into the dry ingredients in a food processor and then transfer to a stand mixer with the hook attachment and knead in the wet ingredients.

    glazed baked s cookies on a rack

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    Homemade Sicilian S Cookies Recipe

    5 from 12 votes
    Bring my Sicilian grandma right to your kitchen with this generations-old easy to make S cookie recipe that is guaranteed to produce smiles!
    Servings: 50 cookies
    Prep Time: 30 minutes
    Cook Time: 10 minutes
    Resting Time: 20 minutes

    Ingredients 

    For the Cookies:

    • 4 cups all-purpose flour
    • 1 1/3 cup sugar
    • 2 tablespoons baking powder
    • 2 ½ sticks softened unsalted butter
    • 2 eggs
    • 2 egg yolks
    • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
    • water

    For the Glaze:

    • 1 cup powdered sugar
    • 2 tablespoons whole milk

    Instructions

    • Preheat the oven to 350°.
    • Add the flour, sugar, and baking powder to a large bowl and using a pastry knife cut in the butter until the mixture becomes like a meal or is very small like couscous. Set aside.
    • In a separate bowl whisk together the eggs and vanilla until completely combined.
    • Transfer the dry ingredients to a clean surface and form a well in the center. Pour the wet ingredients to the center of the well and knead the dough for 4-5 minutes or until it forms a smooth cookie dough.
    • If the dough is dry add 1 tablespoon of cold water at a time while kneading until the dough is soft. Do not add too much or the dough will become too wet and sticky.
    • Add the dough to a bowl and chill in the refrigerator for 20 minutes.
    • Take the dough out and take about 2 tablespoons of dough and roll it out on a clean surface until it’s about a ½” to ¾” in diameter and 5”-6” in length.
    • Curl up each end to the center to form an S shape and then add to a cookie sheet tray lined with parchment paper about 2” apart from one another. Use the dough until it is all gone.
    • Bake the cookies on the bottom rack of an oven for 350° for 5 minutes and then the top rack at 350° for 5 minutes or until very lightly browned around the bottom edges.
    • Cool completely.
    • While the cookies are cooling whisk together powdered sugar and milk in a small bowl until combined then dip the top part of the s cookie in the glaze and set on a rack until the glaze has formed to the cookie. You can also brush the glaze on if you’d like.

    Notes

    Chef Notes:
    • Make-Ahead: You can make these up to 2-3 days ahead of time.
     
    • How to Store: Keep these in plastic bags at room temperature for up to 6 days or in the refrigerator for up to 8 days. These freeze extremely well in plastic bags for up to 3 months. Thaw at room temperature and serve.
     
    • Be sure the butter is softened before trying to cut it into the dry ingredients.
     
    • My Aunt Pam swears that if you use ½ Blue Bonnet margarine, the cookies will taste better. I used all unsalted butter, but it’s up to you.
     
    • If butter is too expensive you can use 100% margarine, which is what my grandma did.
     
    • My family also adds up to 4 tablespoons of vanilla, but that’s too much for me.
     
    • To fast track this recipe, cut the butter into the dry ingredients in a food processor and then transfer to a stand mixer with the hook attachment and knead in the wet ingredients.

    Nutrition

    Calories: 73kcalCarbohydrates: 16gProtein: 1gFat: 1gSaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 15mgSodium: 4mgPotassium: 63mgFiber: 1gSugar: 8gVitamin A: 21IUCalcium: 25mgIron: 1mg