Friday, November 21, 2008

Cookie Time!

Every Friday through the end of the year I am going to post a cookie recipe that I bake every Christmas for you to enjoy! You already know my passion for baking, but I thought it would be fun to share some of my favorite recipes with you, and you can share them with your friends and families!

There is always alot of cookie sharing parties this time of year, along with hosting open houses, and family dinners. These recipes are sure to impress, and are pretty simple to make!

First, I have to start with a story. My husband's Grandmother {Mom-mom} always made these Italian Christmas Cookies called Dadals, and when she passed I was the only one with the recipe - she sent it to us while we were in college with a $20 bill. It was her way of helping us. I have held on to this recipe with my life! And every Christmas I am in charge of making these cookies.



INGREDIENTS


1/2 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup white sugar
3 eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
3 cups all-purpose flour
3 teaspoons baking powder

Glaze:

2 cups powered sugar
1tsp Anise or Almond extract
1TBS Milk

DIRECTIONS

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease cookie sheets. Or use Parchment Paper

2. In a large bowl, cream together the butter and sugar until smooth. Mix in the egg and vanilla. Combine the flour and baking powder; stir into the creamed mixture until blended. Divide dough into walnut sized portions. Roll each piece into a rope and then shape into a loop, or pretzel shape. Place cookies 2 inches apart on the prepared cookie sheets.

3. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes in the preheated oven, until firm and golden at the edges

4. Allow cookies to cool on rack

5. Once cook dip tops of cookies into glaze and let dry

{You can scoop the cookies onto the Parchment with a very small cookie scoop or shape them as explained}
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