Italian Knot Cookies

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Italian Knot Cookies

Italian Knot Cookies are a Family Tradition and a Family Favorite around here and you don’t have to be Italian to make or fall in love these these delicious cookies.  Actually I don’t know why they are considered cookies.  They are more like little cakes that are iced with a anise flavored icing.  So yummy!

I recommend trying these at least one time! Maybe bring them to a cookie exchange after you make a ton of Christmas Cookie Exchange Recipes!

Enjoy this family recipe!

3.34 from 33 votes
Italian Knot Cookies
Prep Time
30 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Total Time
45 mins

They are more like little cakes that are iced with a anise flavored icing. So yummy!

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Italian
Servings: 14
Calories: 195 kcal
Author: Cindy Livesey
For the cookies:
For the Icing:
  1. Melt butter and let cool
  2. Beat melted butter, eggs, sugar and vanilla until well blended
  3. Combine flour, baking powder and salt in a bowl
  4. Add flour mixture to butter/egg mixture. Mix until almost combined
  5. Add warm water and continue mixing until smooth
  6. Place on a floured board
  7. Make a ball slightly smaller then the size of a golf ball
  8. Roll balls into "snake" approx 4" long
  9. Cross the snake ends one over the other and tie a knot with them
  10. Place on ungreased cookie sheet
  11. Back at 350 for 15-17 minutes (bottoms should be just slightly brown)
  12. Let cool completely
  1. Mix all ingredients adding water until the right consistency. Should be thicker but slightly drippy.
  2. Dip top of cookies into icing and set on waxpaper
  3. While the icing is still wet, sprinkle with nonpareils
  4. Let icing dry until hardened before storing or serving
Nutrition Facts
Italian Knot Cookies
Amount Per Serving
Calories 195
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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