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Sicilian Knot Cookies

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Sicilian Knot Cookies
2010-07-23 Desserts
4.9 103

These interesting Italian cookies are made with anise-flavored dough that's shaped into a knot. They're topped with a lemon glaze and chopped nuts.

  • Servings: about 28 cookies


3 cups All Purpose Flour
3 tsp Baking Powder
½ cup (unsalted) Butter, softened
½ cup Granulated Sugar
3 Large Eggs
¼ cup Whole Milk
Pinch of Salt
1 tsp Vanilla Extract
¼ tsp Anise Extract
1½ cups Powdered Sugar
2 Tbsp Unsalted Butter, softened
2 Tbsp Lemon Juice
Grated Rind of 1 Lemon
½ cup Chopped Walnuts


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.

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