Monday, December 16, 2013

Italian Cookies- Great For Weddings And Christmas

     If you have ever been to an Italian wedding or have had Italian friends and been to their house during the holidays, I am sure you have had these cookies.  They're simple, sweet, and easy to make.  They are light, airy, and just have the right amount of sweetness that don't make you feel like you are over doing it.  My grandmother used to make these.  Now this is not her recipe as according to my mother we have no idea where it went.  When I made these she said they tasted just like hers so these are dedicated to her.  I used flavoring of almond and of course anise but you could try others. Italian Christmas Cookies.

  • 2 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 tbs baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 stick softened butter
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2 tsp almond extract
  • Powder sugar
  • Milk
  • 1 tsp anise extract
  • Food coloring

     Preheat oven to 350. In a large bowl mix flour, baking powder, and salt together.  In another bowl blend the sugar and butter together until creamy.  Slowly blend in the eggs one at a time until combined.  Next blend in the vanilla and almond flavorings.  Finally blend in the flour mixture in batches slowly.  The mixer will get tough at this time to blend.  Remove the cookie mixture from the bowl and wrap up in some plastic wrap.  Place in freezer for about an hour or fridge for a couple hours.  Meanwhile mix enough powdered sugar, milk, and the anise extract to make a nice icing.  Add whatever food coloring you desire.  When ready to bake take a little bit of dough about the size of a small ping pong ball and roll up. Place on greased baking sheet and bake for 12-15 minutes. Once cooled dip each cookie into the icing and place on rack to cool.  These cookies are light, have a hint of the almond and anise, and are addicting.  Makes about 3 dozen.

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