Iced Italian Knot Cookies

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Christmas or Easter cookie.

Prep Time:
40 mins
Cook Time:
40 mins
Total Time:
1 hr 20 mins
48 cookies



  • 4 cups all-purpose flour

  • 6 teaspoons baking powder

  • 1 pinch salt

  • ¾ cup unsalted butter, melted

  • ¾ cup white sugar

  • 3 large eggs

  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract

  • ¼ cup warm water

  • Icing:

  • 2 cups powdered sugar

  • ½ teaspoon anise extract

  • 1 pinch salt

  • 4 tablespoons water

  • candy sprinkles


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

  2. Mix flour, baking powder, and salt together in a bowl.

  3. Combine butter, sugar, eggs, and vanilla in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment; beat until smooth and creamy. Change to the dough hook and gradually mix in flour mixture. Add warm water and mix until a smooth dough forms.

  4. Roll dough into 1 1/2-inch balls. Roll each ball out to a 4-inch long worm. Bring one end over the other, then underneath and through the middle, like a knot. Place 16 cookies on a baking sheet, four rows of four.

  5. Bake in the preheated oven until edges are golden, 13 to 15 minutes. Cool on the baking sheet for 1 minute before removing to a wire rack to cool completely.

  6. Repeat to bake remaining 2 batches of cookies.

  7. Meanwhile, mix powdered sugar, anise extract, and salt together in a bowl. Mix in water, a little at a time, until desired consistency.

  8. Dip cooled cookies upside down into the icing, then turn over onto waxed paper. Sprinkle with candy sprinkles.

Cook's Note:

Orange juice can be used in place of water in the cookies.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

101 Calories
3g Fat
17g Carbs
2g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 48
Calories 101
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 3g 4%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Cholesterol 19mg 6%
Sodium 73mg 3%
Total Carbohydrate 17g 6%
Dietary Fiber 0g 1%
Total Sugars 8g
Protein 2g
Calcium 38mg 3%
Iron 1mg 3%
Potassium 17mg 0%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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