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easter knot cookies

★★★★★ 9
a recipe by
Lisa Cancilla
Parlin, NJ

We make these delicious cookies every Easter. You can keep the icing white if you want, but we use food coloring to make the cookies all different pastel colors.

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Wow, we sure hope the Easter Bunny leaves some of these in our Easter basket! These cookies are not only cute, they're delicious too. The anise in these lends an Italian feel to the cookies. If you don't like anise, it can easily be replaced with almond extract. Buttery and rich, these Italian cookies are not overly sweet. The frosting adds just the right amount of sweetness. Tint the frosting a pastel color to give these more of an Easter feeling or even top with sprinkles.

— The Test Kitchen @kitchencrew
★★★★★ 9
serves 20
prep time 45 Min
cook time 10 Min
method Bake

Ingredients For easter knot cookies

  • 1/2 lb
    butter, softened
  • 1 1/2 c
  • 6
  • 2 Tbsp
  • 1 tsp
    anise extract
  • 1 tsp
    pure vanilla extract
  • 8 c
    sifted all-purpose flour
  • 6 tsp
    baking powder
  • 1 tsp
  • 3/4 box
    confectioners' sugar (2 1/2 cups)
  • 1 stick
  • 1 tsp
    anise extract
  • 6-7 Tbsp
    milk, for thinning icing
  • food coloring

How To Make easter knot cookies

  • Eggs, milk, anise, and vanilla added to creamed butter and sugar.
    Cream butter and sugar. Add the eggs, milk, anise, and vanilla.
  • Sifted flour, baking powder, and salt added to wet ingredients.
    Combine the sifted flour, baking powder, and salt. Add slowly to the wet mixture.
  • Dough formed into a knot.
    Grease cookie sheets. Roll dough into 1/2” logs and form into knots.
  • Knot cookies placed on a baking sheet.
    Place on prepared cookie sheets. Bake at 400 degrees for 8 minutes.
  • Confectioners' sugar, butter, anise, and milk combined for icing.
    To make the butter icing, combine confectioners' sugar and butter. Add anise. Slowly add milk to the desired consistency. Add food coloring of your choice.
  • Dipping baked cookies in the icing.
    Dunk cooled cookies in icing.
  • Iced cookies drying on a cooling rack.
    Let dry completely.