A delicious frosted Italian cookie passed down to me from my grandmother.

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Ingredients

18
Original recipe yields 18 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Cream margarine or butter and sugar thoroughly; add eggs, vanilla, and 2 tablespoons of orange juice. Combine flour and baking powder and gradually add to creamed mixture.

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  • Knead dough on lightly floured board for about 5 minutes. Using tablespoonfuls of dough, roll in 6-inch lengths; press ends together to form rings. Let stand on ungreased cookie sheets at room temperature for 15 minutes.

  • Bake 350 degrees F (180 degrees C) for 15-17 minutes or until lightly golden.

  • To Make Icing: Combine 2 1/2 cups confectioner's sugar with enough orange juice to make a thin glaze. Dip each hot cookie into glaze; cool on racks. Decorate with confetti sprinkles, if desired.

Nutrition Facts

236.6 calories; 3.3 g protein; 36.7 g carbohydrates; 51.3 mg cholesterol; 148 mg sodium. Full Nutrition

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
10/19/2008
i have searched so long for these cookies. my motherinlaw died about 5 years ago and never got the recipe. it broke my daughers heart. yesterday i told her jeannine i think i found a recipe for nanas cookies and we both made them. as we were making them she said a prayer to her nana and said please nana help us with this. well when the cookies were done and we tasted them they tasted exactly like her cookies. my daugher started to cry and said mom i am so happy we found them. i have to thank u so much for this dream come true. my husband also said my god they taste just like moms cookies. i have to say thank you thank you for helping us with this. love jeannine and mary ellen Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
07/01/2006
This recipe was just okay for me. The next time I make it I'm going to try adding chocolate chips like Sonia did to add a bit more flavor to the cookie. I like the glaze but it might be helpful to know that if you are going to sprinkle with colored sugars do it one cookie at a time immediately after you dip them or the glaze may harden too much. Read More
(14)
52 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 29
  • 4 star values: 15
  • 3 star values: 5
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 2
Rating: 5 stars
10/19/2008
i have searched so long for these cookies. my motherinlaw died about 5 years ago and never got the recipe. it broke my daughers heart. yesterday i told her jeannine i think i found a recipe for nanas cookies and we both made them. as we were making them she said a prayer to her nana and said please nana help us with this. well when the cookies were done and we tasted them they tasted exactly like her cookies. my daugher started to cry and said mom i am so happy we found them. i have to thank u so much for this dream come true. my husband also said my god they taste just like moms cookies. i have to say thank you thank you for helping us with this. love jeannine and mary ellen Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/17/2005
Was looking for a recipe like my husband's grandmother and this was it!!! These are excellent and so easy to make...thank you for sharing! The only extra we do is to add a little anise extract to the icing it makes them just perfect! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/29/2007
I rarely give any recipe 5 stars because I'm always trying to please 3 other picky family members however my family LOVED these cookies. My son practically at a dozen by himself before I could get them to a cookie tray for Christmas eve. I sprinkled with red sugars. Will definately have these on my cookie trays from now on! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
12/30/2003
These were good. They were light and not too sweet. I added orange zest in the cookie batter as well(I just love orange zest!). Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
02/08/2006
Excellent recipe --my italian boyfriend and his family devoured them. They are light and soft. I added 1 tsp almond extract (next time I'll add 2 since I liked the flavor). I made them into knots and added colored sprinkles after dipping them in the glaze/frosting. Thanks for the recipe!! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/05/2005
I had searched high and low....asking every Italian friend I knew and no luck until I found Kathy's recipe...I can now stop looking. My spouse is a happy cookie monster. Thanks Kathy. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
07/01/2006
This recipe was just okay for me. The next time I make it I'm going to try adding chocolate chips like Sonia did to add a bit more flavor to the cookie. I like the glaze but it might be helpful to know that if you are going to sprinkle with colored sugars do it one cookie at a time immediately after you dip them or the glaze may harden too much. Read More
(14)
Rating: 5 stars
05/24/2010
My husbands aunt has made these for years and everyone loves them....unfortunately her recipe was a little of this and a little of that...haha..and we never could duplicate them...I showed her this recipe...she had me add a hint of fresh lemon juice to the icing and a little more lemon juice to the batter and they were unbelievable.....I can't believe how good they are...I am so excited that I can now make these great cookies. Thank you so much. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/19/2008
These ARE the best! They are a staple on our Christmas table every year. My Aunt passed this down from her family in Italy to me. Read More
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