Italian anise cookies with light frosting and sprinkles!
INGREDIENTS (for 6 servings):
- 5 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 1/2 cups confectioners' sugar
- 2 tablespoons baking powder
- 1 cup butter
- 3 eggs
- 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
- 1 tablespoon anise
- 1 cup confectioners' sugar
- 1 1/2 tablespoons water
- 2 tablespoons multicolored candy sprinkles
Preheat oven to 450 degrees F (230 degrees C). Grease cookie sheets.
In a large bowl, stir together the flour, 1 1/2 cups confectioners' sugar and baking powder. Cut in butter using a pastry blender or rub between fingers until well blended. Stir in the eggs, vanilla and anise extracts and mix into a firm dough. Turn dough out onto a floured surface and knead for about 5 minutes. Roll tablespoonfuls of dough into balls and place them 1 inch apart onto the prepared cookie sheets.
Bake for 8 to 10 minutes in the preheated oven, or until firm. Remove from cookie sheets to cool on wire racks. In a small bowl, stir together 1 cup confectioners' sugar and 1 1/2 tablespoons water. Drizzle over cooled cookies and decorate with sprinkles.