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    Anisette Love Knots

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    1 hr 35 mins

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    Joanne117's Note:

    Italian cookie favorite, full of anisette flavor.

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    2. 2
      In bowl, combine flour, baking powder and salt. Toss lightly with a fork. Add eggs and sugar – mix well, (mixture will be crumbly). Add melted butter, 3 teaspoons anise extract and warm water. Stir until mixture forms a ball. Transfer dough to a lightly floured surface and knead for 5 minutes until dough is smooth. Chill for one hour.
    3. 3
      Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Pinch off pieces of dough about the size of large olives and roll into logs. Tie each into a knot shape and place on aluminum foil approximately 2” apart. Slide foil with cookies onto cookie sheets. Bake 8 to 10 minutes or until bottoms are pale brown. When done, slide aluminum foil off cookie sheets and let cookies cool on foil until cool.
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      Stir milk and remaining two tablespoons anise extract into confectioners sugar. Consistency should be like heavy cream, if needed, add drops of milk. Dip cookies upside down into glaze; turn upright and dry on cookie rack over waxed paper for one minute, than sprinkle with candy sprinkles. Makes about 50 cookies.
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      Store in a waxed paper lined cookie tin, approximately one week.

    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on December 19, 2012

      I used this recipe and it was good but I isubstituted pure anise oil, it is stronger so you use less, They turned out good I cut them into shapes and also just round cookies and then dipped them in the icing and sprinkled them they are really good!

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    • on January 10, 2010


      Stunning!~ I am not a big anisette fan, but my Italian in-laws are. Thought there was too much extract in the cookies, I was wrong; they were actually perfect! No time for pictures, the family ate them all in one sitting. They were soft, a cross between a cookie and a bread. The texture perfect, the sweetness divine. The great thing we discussed at the table was how easy this would be to adapt to any other extract, lemon, almond, orange or a liquer. I am now asked to make these at the next family party. The sprinkles made all of us happy, great touch. The icing was a bit strong, which the family loved. I would tone it down a lot! This was a big hit and recommended. I used my mixmaster which made these really easy.

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    • on December 30, 2009


      This is a wonderful recipe! Made 2 batches over the Holidays and did not last 2 days! The family all wants more.... Love this recipe.. and easy to make!

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    Nutritional Facts for Anisette Love Knots

    Serving Size: 1 (1534 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 1

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 104.8
    Calories from Fat 20
    Total Fat 2.2 g
    Saturated Fat 1.3 g
    Cholesterol 16.2 mg
    Sodium 52.4 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 19.5 g
    Dietary Fiber 0.2 g
    Sugars 12.5 g
    Protein 1.3 g

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