Italian Easter Cookies

These are a traditional cookie from Italy flavored with vanilla and almond extracts. They are tied in loose knots and baked, then frosted with tinted icing.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease cookie sheets. In a large bowl, cream together 1/2 cup butter and white sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in the eggs one at a time, then...


  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 3/4 cup white sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 3 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 5 teaspoons baking powder
  • 4 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract
  • 3 tablespoons milk
  • 3 drops red food coloring (optional)

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