Every year I give out Christmas cookies and candies to my family and friends. And every year I try swap around the cookies and candies I make. I came across these Italian Christmas cookies. I noticed they traditionally use anise extract, but I’m not an anise (or black licorice taste) fan. So I substituted almond extract. You can choose to use either.
- 3/4 cup butter softened
- 1/2 cup powdered sugar
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 3 eggs
- 3 cups all purpose flour
- 3/4 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1/2 teaspoon anise or almond extract
- 2 cups powdered sugar
- 3 tablespoons milk
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Nonpareil sprinkles
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, salt and baking powder. Set aside.
In a mixing bowl, beat butter and sugars until creamy.
Add eggs, one at a time. Then add the vanilla and anise flavoring.
Slowly mix in the flour mixture. Do not overbeat.
Refrigerate dough for one hour.
When ready to bake, line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
Roll dough into 1 inch balls. Dip the bottom of a small glass into some powdered sugar and press each ball down slightly.
Bake for 8-10 minutes.
Remove and cool completely.
- Sift two cups of powdered sugar in a bowl. Whisk in milk and vanilla.
- Dip top of each cookie in the glaze. Garnish with some nonpareil sprinkles.
- Allow glaze to dry before freezing.