Coastal Foodie’s Holiday Italian Cookies

1 C Shortening Melted then cooled (Not butter flavor)
4 C Sifted Flour
4 tsp. Baking Powder
1 C Sugar
4 Eggs, well Beaten
4tsp Vanilla, Anise, Lemon Or Almond Extract (choose 1)

Mix Dry ingredients then add melted shortening, the eggs, and the flavoring of your choice . Mix Well. Roll into small size balls and press down lightly so the bottom is flat. Bake 10-12 minutes at 350 until brown on the bottom. Transfer to a parchment paper lined rack. Frost with Confectioners sugar, water, flavoring, and food coloring.

Frosting – Let the cookies cool a bit or the frosting will run off

Mix water and Confectioners sugar to a fairly thin consistency
Add a small amount of flavoring you chose from above and taste
Add Green or Red Food Coloring-Note.- I split the frosting in half and make half green and half red decorated cookies then add red and green sugar sprinkles on top

I use the Anise flavor and my kids have always loved it, but you can choose any flavoring you like.


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