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One of my grandma's favorite cookie recipes. These are very traditional Italian cookies with sprinkles flavored with anise extract. If you don't know what anise is, the flavor is very similar to black licorice.

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Recipe Summary

prep:
15 mins
cook:
15 mins
additional:
15 mins
total:
45 mins
Servings:
36
Yield:
36 cookies
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Ingredients

36
Original recipe yields 36 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Glaze:

Directions

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  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

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  • Beat butter and sugar together until creamy. Stir in anise extract and lemon extract. Blend in eggs. Combine flour, baking powder, and salt in another bowl; blend into egg mixture until dough is almost crumbly but stays together when you roll it in your hands.

  • Form dough into 1-inch balls and place 2 inches apart on ungreased cookie sheets.

  • Bake in the preheated oven until edges are set and golden, about 15 minutes. Remove from the oven. Cool on the baking sheet briefly before removing to a wire rack to cool completely, about 15 minutes.

  • Meanwhile, combine powdered sugar and milk in a bowl. Glaze cooled cookies and top with sprinkles.

Cook's Note:

If you don't have lemon extract, use fresh lemon juice.

Nutrition Facts

129 calories; protein 1.7g; carbohydrates 17.7g; fat 5.8g; cholesterol 29.1mg; sodium 64mg. Full Nutrition
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