tarralli

★★★★★ 1 Review
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By Maggie Heden
from Antioch, IL

A traditional Italian Easter cookie, this pretty, shaped cookie is all about flavoring and coloring the frosting. In our family, the frosting is made in four flavors: almond (colored green), lemon (yellow), orange (orange), and anise (blue).

★★★★★ 1 Review

Ingredients For tarralli

  • 9 c
    flour
  • 6 tsp
    baking powder
  • 1 tsp
    salt
  • 3 stick
    margarine
  • 8 oz
    sour cream
  • 2 Tbsp
    pure vanilla extract
  • 9
    eggs
  • 3 3/4 c
    powdered sugar
  • FROSTING
  • 2-3 c
    powdered sugar
  • 2/3 c
    butter or margarine, soft
  • 2-3 Tbsp
    milk
  • splash
    brewed coffee
  • 1/8 tsp
    flavoring or extract of choice, adjust amount to taste.
  • 2-3 drops
    food coloring
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How To Make tarralli

  • 1
    Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Measure flour into a large bowl. Mix in salt and baking powder.
  • 2
    In another large bowl (or in the bowl of your stand mixer), blend margarine, sour cream, and vanilla. Mix in eggs one at a time. Slowly, or on low speed, add powdered sugar and flour mixture. Blend until a soft dough forms.
  • 3
    Place the dough on a floured board and knead well, at least five minutes. Cut off a small piece or dough and roll to the thickness of a pencil. Cut into approximately 3 inch pieces and twist into braids and knots.
  • 4
    Place shaped dough on a greased cookie sheet, about an inch and a half apart. Bake 12-15 minutes. Do NOT over-bake! Take them out before they brown or they'll be dry. Cool on a cookie rack completely before frosting.
  • 5
    In a medium bowl, blend powdered sugar, butter, milk and coffee, adjusting powdered sugar and milk as needed to create a smooth frosting. Divide frosting into four smaller bowls. First flavor each bowl, adjusting amount of flavored extract to taste. After desired flavor is achieved, color each bowl with a few drops of food coloring. Traditionally, the colors are kept muted, but they can be made as bright as desired. Once the frosting is colored, frost cooled cookies.

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