I would always look forward to going over my Nonna’s house because she would have a huge container of these delicious “S” cookies. Unfortunately I don’t have the recipe so I’ve been looking for it online and came across this recipe for Italian Christmas Cookies on WeirdCombinations. It came out pretty good, but it still is missing something.
1 cup sugar
1 tsp. anise flavoring
3½ cups flour
½ tsp. salt
1 tbsp. baking powder
½ cup milk
4 tsp. milk
4 tsp. confectioner’s sugar
1/8 tsp. anise flavoring (optional)
Multi-colored nonpareil sprinkles
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Beat eggs, sugar and anise flavoring together. Mix flour, salt and baking powder together. Gradually pour dry ingredients into egg mixture about a third at a time alternating with some milk. Mix thoroughly after each addition. Pour batter onto counter and knead about a minute or more to ensure even consistency of dough. The first time I made this the dough was very sticky, I had to keep kneading the dough and adding flour.
You can either:
- Roll the dough out into logs and creating “s” shapes (Like I did).
- Flour counter and rolling pin. Pour batter onto counter and knead about a minute or two to ensure even consistency of dough. Roll flat to about ½ inch thickness. Using cookie cutters, cut dough into desired shapes.
Then place on flour-dusted baking sheet. Bake about 6 minutes. Quantity of cookies and baking time varies with size of cookie cutters. This batch I made about 60.
When ready to serve, mix milk, powdered sugar and anise flavoring together in shallow bowl. Dip tops of cookies in mix. Place on holiday tray or dish and sprinkle with nonpareils.