Italian Knot Cookies

These adorable little love knots are iced with the amazing taste of anise. A festive addition to any Easter dessert table or any other holiday.

Italian Knot Cookies


For 4 Dozen(s)

For the Cookies

  • 3/4 cup melted butter
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 4 cups all purpose flour
  • 6 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 pinch of salt
  • 1/4 cup warm water

For the Icing:

  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon anise extract
  • pinch of salt
  • water


  1. In a mixer, add melted butter, sugar, eggs, and vanilla.
  2. Mix the flour with the baking powder and salt.
  3. Change to dough hooks and add flour mixture.
  4. Add the warm water and mix until it forms a smooth dough.
  5. Make 11/2 inch balls with dough.
  6. Roll balls out to about 4 inch worms.
  7. Bring one end over the other, then underneath and through the middle, like a knot.
  8. Place on baking sheet, four rows of four. (16 cookies on each sheet).
  9. Bake in 350F oven for 13 - 15 minutes.
  10. Let cool before icing.
  11. To Ice: Mix all ingredients together in a bowl.
  12. Add a little water until desired consistency.
  13. Dip cookie upside down into icing, then turn over onto waxpaper.
  14. Sprinkle with candy sprinkles.




Saturday, 11 April 2020
My cookies burnt on the bottom after 6 minutes. I dont know why this happened Did any one lower thei...
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Sunday, 29 March 2020
I made these today. They got so big in the oven! There must be way too much baking powder in them....
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- Nancy Albrizio
Monday, 22 April 2019
The cookies were very good. I thought there was a little too much baking powder, which left a little...
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- diatrasal
Saturday, 23 December 2017
How many cookies will thus recipe Make? - Mbeeeetz
Thursday, 14 December 2017
My daughter and I chose to make these for Easter because the recipe called for basic ingredients. T...
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- veronicasmom
Thursday, 14 December 2017
Rosella, I noticed the last line is missing under ICING. It should read, Add a little water until...
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- Mary-Lou