Gotta have the Anise Cookies for the holidays!!

You Gotta have the Anise Cookies for the holidays!! You just know it's going to be good because it's an authentic Italian cookie recipe passed down from Nonna. This anise cookie recipe has been in the creators family home for many years.There are certain times of the year when we make our favorite holiday cookie recipes. You could make this cookie recipe any time of year, and use different colored sprinkles. It's fun to take the recipe out only once in a while, as you appreciate that much more. There is nothing quite like grandma's cookies, and Italian cookies are the best, they are in a category all of their own.

Some of the ingredients that are used in this authentic Italian cookie recipe include eggs, flour, confectioners sugar, baking powder, and butter. The cookies get their namesake from the anise that is used, or you can use almond extract instead, whichever you prefer. Then for the cookie glaze recipe you need confectioners sugar, warm milk, anise or almond extract and some vanilla extract. For the top, you can use colored sprinkles, whatever color you like!

Start by beating eggs with a hand mixer or stand mixer, until they are foamy and light, and then add them to a large mixing bowl. Then with your mixer, combine the flour, sugar, and baking powder together on low, gradually beating in the butter and extract, until the mixture looks like crumbs. Then you can add your eggs to the crumb mixture, making a cookie dough that is not stiff; you can always add a little more flour to the recipe at this point. Then roll the dough into one-inch balls, and place on an ungreased cookie sheet, or a cookie sheet with some parchment paper. Bake in a 350 degree Fahrenheit oven for approximately 10 to 13 minutes. The bottom of the anise cookies should be slightly brown. When the anise cookies are cooling, you can make the glaze. In a small bowl, combine the ingredients for the glaze recipe, minus the sprinkles. Then dip each of the anise cookies in the glaze and place on some parchment paper, and top with the colored sprinkles. Do you have a favorite Italian cookie recipe?

If you love traditional Italian cooking, you will want to visit this site. It's like having your friends Italian grandmother over to visit while she shares all of the recipe secrets that she knows! The Cooking With Nonna website is Italian recipes that are passed down from generations of Nonna's and Italian grandmothers from all over Italy. Did you know that each region of Italy makes their dishes in different ways? Much of it has to do with what is available in the area, if it is close to the ocean, you will find more fish recipes. So you are sure to find pasta recipes that differ from the north to the south. The site is run by Rossella, who is also the host of an online cooking and food series of the same name. She is a first-generation Italian American, who grew up in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn. Her parents are from a little fishing village known as Mola. Rossella grew up in a household where there was always someone in the kitchen. She says it wasn't so much about the cooking, as the sense of family and community that you felt while you were there. Rossella was fortunate enough to spend much of her childhood cooking alongside her Grandmother Roman, where she learned about the long list of recipes that had been passed on from her family.

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