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Make Them Think Your Italian

Easy, Italian cookies any baking challenged person can pull off.

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These are a typical Italian favorite. They are normally made around Christmas but I make them all the time to make sure people know I am Italian, awesome and I know how to cook.

Here is my recipe for Italian Anise Cookies

This recipe will make about 18-20 median size cookies

Ingredients

1/2 cup butter

1/2 cup sugar

3 large eggs

1 tsp almond extract

1 tsp anise extract

2 1/2 cups flour

1 tbsp baking powder

2 tsp milk

Glaze on top

1 1/2 cup confectionery sugar

1/2 tsp anise extract or vanilla...depending on how much anise flavor you want. It's a strong flavor.

3 tbsp of milk ( add one at a time until you get a glaze consistency. Sometime I need to add more than this so just go with your best judgement. It should not be too runny)

Sprinkles

Cream the butter and sugar until its mixed well and fluffy. Add in eggs, almond and anise. In a separate bowl mix the flower and the baking powder. Mix in the dry ingredients slowly. Then add in milk. This dough is going to be sticky and wet. That is normal.Make into desired size balls. They will expand so keep that in mind. The dough will be sticky and hard to work with so wet your hands to shape the ball if you need to. Don't use more flour.Pop those suckers into the oven on 350 degrees for 10-12 minutes or until golden brown.Let them cool and make the glaze while you wait. When they are cooled off dip the top of the cookie into the glaze and add sprinkles right away. You're done! Get ready to wow your un-Italian friends.

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