Also known as Italian Lemon Knot Cookies

5 cups of all purpose, unbleached flour
5 teaspoons of baking powder
1 cup sugar
3 eggs
1-1/2 cups of melted butter that has cooled down, not hot. Or you can use a vegetable shortening of your choice
1 cup of milk
a pinch of salt
Zest of 1 lemon for cookie and zest of 1 lemon for icing
1 1 oz. bottle of lemon extract
Sprinkles of your choice

If you like dough can be made the day before and it will be nice and chilled to work with or you can start scooping them right after you make the dough but probably you will have to chill it for a while as you’re making the cookies and the dough stays out. I sometimes stick it in the freezer for a few minutes to get it to firm up again.

In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar together until fluffy, add eggs one at a time, then the extract and zest.

In a smaller bowl whisk the flour, salt and baking powder, then slowly add to the creamed mixture.

When everything is incorporated, let the dough rest for 5 minutes or wrap and chill overnight.

Heat oven to 350°. and place cookies on a parchment lined baking sheet.

To form the knots using a cookie scoop so all will be similar in size, then take the scoop of dough and roll it into a log about 5 or 6 inches. Then take one side of the log and spiral it into a circle, you can tuck the other end down or up, it doesn’t matter.

Bake for 12 to 15 minutes according to your oven, you want the underneath to be golden brown, not dark brown.

Cool on racks.

Limoncello Icing

1 1/2 cups of powdered sugar
5 tablespoons of limoncello Liqueur
Zest of 1 lemon

Traditional Lemon Icing

1 1/2 cups of powdered sugar
Zest of 1 lemon
1/2 teaspoon of lemon extract and lemon juice to get the right consistency.

After frosting immediately put your sprinkles on and then let the whole cookie dry for about an hour.

You can keep them in tins with wax paper in between, or you can freeze them in an airtight container right after they bake and cool down, then frost them a day or two ahead before you’ll be eating them.

Baker’s Secret Cookie Dough Scoop

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