vegan italian anginette cookies

vegan Italian anginette cookies

I would’ve never thought to make vegan anginette cookies if it weren’t for a series I took part in on Kin Community’s YouTube channel called Dinner Exchange.

This recipe was developed by a hot for foodie named Joe Rapuano. He took his grandma’s old family recipe for aginette cookies and made it vegan for me to try. Go watch Dinner Exchange now to learn all about his story!

This recipe makes about 120 small anginette cookies, which is a lot! But considering their size, they won’t stick around for too long.

Bring them to a birthday party or baby shower for a sweet treat that’ll please a crowd!

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Thanks so much to Joe, his mom Anna, and of course his Grandma for letting me share this family recipe with everyone!

vegan Italian anginette cookies
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vegan italian anginette cookies

These are traditional Italian cookies normally served at Christmas, but they’re just too cute to leave for the holidays. Make them any time of year – a kids birthday party or baby shower! 

Course Dessert
Cuisine Italian
Keyword anginette, cookies, holiday, italian
Prep Time 35 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 120 small cookies
Author Lauren Toyota


cookie batter

  • 4 1/2 C all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 C vegan butter, softened to room temperature (2 sticks or 8 oz)
  • 1 3/4 C granulated sugar
  • 3 egg substitutes (such as Neat Egg, but you could replace with golden flax meal) * see notes
  • 1 tsp almond or vanilla extract
  • 2 C (or 16 oz) vegan ricotta
  • 1 tsp lemon zest


  • 2 C confectioners sugar
  • 1 to 2 tbsp nondairy milk
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla or almond extract (or more lemon zest)
  • vegan friendly rainbow sprinkles


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.

  2. In a large bowl, combine flour with baking powder and baking soda and set aside.

  3. In another large bowl, using a hand mixer or in a stand mixer, cream butter with sugar until soft and fluffy. Then add vanilla or almond extract and gradually add the egg substitute in portions while continuing to beat the mixture together. If using a stand mixer you can continue to mix in the ricotta and zest on low speed until well combined or use a spatula to fold it into the mixture by hand.

  4. Gradually add portions of the flour mixture and fold it into the batter until you have a soft and smooth ball of dough.

  5. Line baking sheets with parchment paper and roll 3/4-inch round balls of dough. Space slightly apart on the sheets. Do not flatten. Bake one sheet at a time on the middle rack for 10 minutes.
  6. Allow cookies to cool completely on a wire before icing.
  7. For the icing, combine the powdered sugar with 1 tablespoon of nondairy milk until smooth. Gradually add extra teaspoons of milk until you get a smooth and oozing icing. The icing should move slightly on the cookie but not drip a lot down the sides.

  8. Dip the tops of each cookie into the icing, allowing excess to drip off. Place face up on the baking sheets and add rainbow sprinkles. Let the cookies sit out to dry the icing. To store cookies, place in containers between layers of parchment paper at room temperature with a loose fitting lid or wrapped loosely with plastic wrap. Some air can get in. If you seal the containers air tight for storage, that may make the icing sugar become moist and absorb into the cookies. Thaw batches to room temperature before serving.

Recipe Notes

Grandma’s original recipe included anise extract in replace of almond or vanilla, but that flavor isn’t my favorite! You can substitute as you like.

If using golden flax meal as your egg substitute, 1 tbsp flax + 3 tbsp water = 1 egg (let thicken for 10 minutes)

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17 thoughts on “vegan italian anginette cookies”

  1. Hi ! I couldn’t get my hands on Tofutti brand , but I did get an 8oz kitehill vegan ricotta. Can this recipe be cut in half ?

  2. Hi there, ive loved using so many of your recipes, but cant get my hands on any vegan ricotta, is there an alternative ingredient i could use instead?

    1. vegan yogurt so long as it’s thick or even thick coconut cream would work. To get thick coconut cream you can buy it in a can and it’s already thick, but it needs to be refrigerated ideally overnight to make it really solid. Then scoop it from the top without getting any liquid in it. OR use a full-fat can of coconut milk, by placing the cans in the fridge usually for about 2 days, it will separate and the thick cream will rise to the top of the can. Scoop without any of the coconut water, again!

    1. this egg sub used in this recipe is one of those powder ones, not the same as JUST Egg. I have not used liquid JUST Egg as an egg sub for baking – I don’t know if it works.

  3. I’m confused about one part of the recipe, it says 3 egg substitute (can replace with flax) and right below it says flax egg. Is that just to use in place of the egg sub or you add the 1 flax egg as well as the 3 others? Thanks excited to make these! I’ve been bugging my Italian grandma for our family recipe to try and veganize but she can’t find it lol.

    1. it was just a formatting error. Only use 3 egg subs total, I moved the flax info to the notes. So if using flax you will use 1 egg sub x 3 to get the total amount.

    1. not sure, I haven’t tested. I would use golden flax or an egg sub powder – there are many brands

  4. I love these cookies… the dough is so easy to work with and the flavors are just perfect. I used to make these before I went vegan and these are even better. 🙂

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