These are not the "traditional" italian wedding cookie but something my Grandmother made for EVERYONE of her childrens and Grandchildres weddings. They travel well and are perfuect for shipping as they hold up to the beating. The Anise can be replaced with ANY flavoring. My children love almond and lemon in place of the anise.
Cookies: Mix Shortening, eggs, extract until well blended. Add sugar and and salt until mixed. Slowly add milk andhalf of flour. Slowly add rest of flour. Batter should be yellow and sticky! Usng 2 teaspoons, spoon rounded teaspoons onto cookie sheet 2 inches apart. Beat saved egg white and wash cookies with it. Bake until bottoms are lightly browned 10 - 15 minutes. Dip in Icing while still warm.
Icing: In a small bowl, stir together confectioners' sugar and milk until smooth. Beat in corn syrup and almond extract until icing is smooth and glossy. If icing is too thick, add more corn syrup.
Dip warm cooking in icing. If Icing starts to get hard or if it will be a few minutes in between batches, place a damp towel over it.