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Italian Cookies with Anise

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"Every family reunion since I can remember my great Aunt Nin brings anise-flavored Italian cookies that everybody loves. I figured out her exact recipe by trial and error but don't tell her! Sprinkle with nonpareils or sprinkles when icing is still wet, but hurry, they dry fast!"
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55 m servings 106
Original recipe yields 36 servings (36 cookies)


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  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  2. Beat butter and sugar for dough together in a bowl with an electric mixer until creamy. Add eggs, vanilla extract, and anise extract and blend. Combine flour and baking powder in a separate bowl; stir into butter mixture until blended.
  3. Take a ping pong-sized ball of dough and roll between your hands to form a rope. Connect the ends and twist into a figure 8 shape. Place on an ungreased baking sheet. Repeat with remaining dough.
  4. Bake in batches in the preheated oven until edges are golden, about 10 minutes. Cool on the baking sheet for 1 minute before removing to a wire rack to cool completely.
  5. Mix milk into confectioners' sugar for icing, stirring slowly. Add the anise extract and vanilla extract.
  6. Dip cooled cookies into the icing face-down and lay on wax paper or a wire rack.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 106 calories; 3.1 17.8 1.7 22 27 Full nutrition

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