Italian Christmas Cookie Search?

Question by LadyD: Italian Christmas Cookie Search?
I am searching for a cookie recipe my grandmother use to make. She only made them at Christmas time. They are shaped like knots (I have seen them shaped round before as well). They have white icing and multi-colored sprinkles on top. All I remember was that she use to add the shavings from an orange in the recipe. We always called them Italian Christmas Cookies but I am not sure if they go by another name. Does anyone know what I am talking about?

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Answer by Peter V
I know what you are talkin about, but forget the name. I am starring it to find out the name tho.

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  1. caroline w says:

    Ingredients:
    Cookie:
    3 cups all purpose flour
    3 teaspoons baking powder
    1/2 cup (unsalted) butter, softened
    1/2 cup granulated sugar
    3 large eggs
    1/4 cup whole milk
    Pinch of salt
    1 teaspoon vanilla extract
    1/4 teaspoon anise extract

    Glaze:
    1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
    2 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
    2 tablespoons lemon juice
    Grated rind of 1 lemon

    Garnish:1/2 cup chopped walnuts
    Method
    Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Sift together flour and baking powder. Beat together sugar and butter. Add eggs, (one at a time), milk, salt, vanilla, anise extract and then the flour. Mix at low speed or by hand just until flour is incorporated. Roll dough into ropes. Cut each rope into a 5-inch piece and tie like a knot. Bake cookies on ungreased cookie sheets about 10 to 12 minutes. Cookies should be set but not brown. Cool cookies completely. Make a glaze by mixing powdered sugar, butter, lemon juice and lemon rind. Dip tops of cookies in glaze and then in the chopped walnuts.

  2. Wedge says:

    These call for orange extract but orange zest will work just as well if not better – add a splash of Orange Juice.

    ITALIAN CHRISTMAS COOKIES

    1 cup olive oil
    1 tsp. salt
    1 1/2 tsp. orange extract
    1 1/2 tsp. anise extract
    4 cups flour, sifted once with 4 tsp. baking powder
    1 cup sugar
    1 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
    1 1/2 tsp. lemon extract
    6 eggs

    Mix all ingredients in large bowl until a dough consistency. Roll in a little flour to handle and break off small pieces. Roll and twist. Bake 8-10 minutes on greased pan at 350 degrees. Cookies will be very light after baking.

    ICING:

    2 cups Confectioners’ sugar
    1 1/2 tsp. orange extract
    1 1/2 tsp. anise extract
    1 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
    1 1/2 tsp. lemon extract
    A little milk

    Mix and dip cookies in icing. Allow to dry before handling. Yield about 4-5 dozen.

    ITALIAN CHRISTMAS COOKIES

    2 cups + 2 tbsp. flour
    4 tsp. baking powder
    1/4 tsp. salt
    3 eggs
    5 tbsp. sugar
    1/4 cup oil
    1 tsp. vanilla
    1 tsp. anise or almond extract
    1 box confectioners’ sugar

    Mix dry ingredients in a bowl. In another bowl beat 3 eggs and add sugar, vanilla and oil; beat again. Add to dry ingredients.

    Grease cookie sheet (2 sheets) spray with Pam in place of oil or butter. After all mixed together divide dough and able to make shapes; dough may be moist, add more flour. Take small amount, roll in your hand whatever length and shape.

    Bake at 400 degrees for 10-12 minutes.

    ICING:

    1/2 box powdered sugar, 1 teaspoon anise and enough water to texture. Dip cookies in icing and sprinkle with colored sprinkles.

    FESTIVE ITALIAN CHRISTMAS COOKIES

    3/4 cup shortening
    1/4 cup butter
    1 tsp. salt
    1/2 cup powdered sugar
    2 tbsp. vanilla
    2 c. sifted flour
    1/2 cup chopped pecans

    Blend shortening, butter, salt, sugar and vanilla. Add flour and pecans. Drop by tablespoon full onto cookie sheet. Bake in slow 325 degree oven for 25 minutes. Cool then roll in confectioners’ sugar.

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