Iced Italian Cookies
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- Ready In:
1 batch cookies (amount will vary upon shape)
- 1⁄2 lb butter, softened (2 sticks)
- 2 large eggs, beaten
- 1 cup sugar
- 4 cups flour
- 2 tablespoons baking powder
- 2 tablespoons vanilla
- 1 3⁄4 cups powdered sugar (1/2 of a 1-pound box)
- 2 tablespoons milk
- 1 1 tablespoon vanilla or 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
- colored crystal sugar, to decorate
- Cream butter and sugar until soft and creamy.
- Add eggs and vanilla, mixing well.
- Combine flour and baking powder, then blend into the butter mixture.
- Break off small, walnut sized pieces of dough and shape into bows, braids, knots,"s" shapes, or any shape you desire.
- Bake in a preheated oven at 375 F until lightly browned, about 15-20 minutes.
- Cool on wire racks,then ice as desired.
- Icing: Blend sugar and your choice of flavoring, adding milk slowly to form a soft, smooth icing (some ice the cookies while they are still warm, others wait until they are cooled).
- Sprinkle with colored sugar or confettini (tiny multi-colored sprinkles) before icing sets.
Questions & Replies
These cookies are excellent! DD and I made these together today, they were very simple to make, and delicious. We had about 3 dozen when we were done and now after taking them to my parents we have maybe 1 dozen left. They aren't too sweet which was good but just sweet enough too. Great with coffee also. These are now a keeper and let me tell you Heather my Nana (grandmother) who is 100% Italian loved them and said they tasted like the ones she use to make :-)
Hello, these cookies were sooo good. Made them on Thanksgiving and they were a hit. The only think I changed was instead of adding the milk to the powdered sugar for the glaze I added amaretto cream and I chose to add the one tablespoon of vanilla and I also sprinkled just a bit of cinammon before the glaze set. Te cookies were just perfect!
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These were, far and away, my boyfriend's favorite Christmas cookies this year. We made two full batches (he made a second batch when he realized how delicious the first batch was), and they didn't even make it to the holiday party. He replaced half the vanilla in the batter with anise extract, and we liked the intense licorice flavor that resulted. We were a little concerned about the amount of baking powder in the recipe, but we had no reason to worry...they were perfect. We liked them with and without frosting (without frosting, they're great for dipping in coffee). Thanks so much for posting this!