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Italian Knot Cookies

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

Course Dessert
Cuisine Italian
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
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.