1In a large bowl combine flour, baking powder and salt. Toss lightly with a fork. Add eggs and sugar and mix well. Mixture will be crumbly. Add melted butter, anise flavoring and water. Stir until mixture forms a ball. Transfer to a lightly floured surface and knead 5 minutes or until dough is smooth. Chill one hour. Pinch off a piece of dough about the size of a walnut and roll into a 6 inch rope. Form the rope into a knot and place on a baking sheet sprayed with Pam. Place about 2 inches apart. Bake in a 400 degree oven for 8-10 minutes or until the bottom is pale brown. Cool cookies completely before you glaze.
2To make glaze stir milk into confectioners sugar. If glaze is too thick add a few more drops of milk. If too thin add more confectioners sugar. Dip tops of cookies into glaze and dry right side up. If you are using nonpariels wait 1 minute before you sprinkle them on if you sprinkle them on too soon the color will run.
3I dip the cookies and then put them on racks with wax paper under the racks to catch the glaze that drips.