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These Italian knot cookies are soft, sweet, glazed Sicilian biscotti, from a recipe my great-grandmother gave me, not hard like traditional biscotti, not baked twice...These should be kept in an airtight container.


Recipe Summary

20 mins
20 mins
5 mins
45 mins
60 cookies


Original recipe yields 60 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.

  • Cream sugar, butter, margarine, milk, vanilla extract, and almond extract together in a large bowl. Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating briefly after each addition.

  • Combine flour, baking powder, and salt; add 1 cup at a time to the creamed mixture until a dough forms, using your hands if and when necessary. Turn out onto a floured board and knead briefly until smooth and a bit sticky, but not sticking to your hands. Set aside to rest for 5 minutes.

  • Pull off small pieces of dough, 1 at a time, and roll into a rope. Gently place one end towards the middle, followed by the other end, in a way to slightly overlap each other. Repeat to form remaining cookies and place on the prepared cookie sheets.

  • Bake in the preheated oven in batches until just turning a light brown on the bottom, 10 to 15 minutes. Remove to a wire rack and allow to cool slightly.

  • Meanwhile mix confectioners sugar, milk, and lemon juice together in a small bowl to form a thin glaze. Dip warm cookies in the glaze and sprinkle with sugar or sprinkles. Let set on waxed paper or a cooling rack to dry.

Cook's Note:

These may also be frozen for later use, just pull out 1/2 hour before needed to thaw.

Nutrition Facts

91 calories; protein 1.7g; carbohydrates 12.8g; fat 3.6g; cholesterol 22.8mg; sodium 53mg. Full Nutrition