Italian Cookies

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Preparation time: 20 minutes
Cooking time: 10 minutes plus cooling

Difficulty: Easy - for beginners
Serves: 84 servings


•1/2 pound butter, softened
•1/2 cup sugar
•6 eggs
•2 teaspoons vanilla or anise extract
•4 cups all-purpose flour
•4 teaspoons baking powder

•3-3/4 cups confectioners' sugar
•2 teaspoons vanilla extract
•5 to 6 tablespoons 2% milk

•Flaked coconut or assorted sprinkles


•In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs and extract. Combine flour and baking powder; gradually add to creamed mixture and mix well.
• Drop by rounded teaspoonfuls onto ungreased baking sheets. Bake at 350° for 9-11 minutes or until bottoms are lightly browned. Remove to wire racks to cool completely.
• For icing, in a small bowl, combine the confectioners' sugar, vanilla and enough milk to achieve desired consistency. Dip cookies in icing; allow excess to drip off. Place on waxed paper; decorate as desired. Let stand until set. Yield: 7 dozen.


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