2 teaspoons anise extract (can use lemon or almond extract)
1 tablespoon of unsalted butter
½ pound of confectioners’ sugar
6 tablespoons milk
Preheat the over to 400 degrees F. Place flour, baking poder, and salt in a large bowl. Set aside.
In a mixing bowl, cream together the butter and the sugar
Add the eggs one at a time and mix well. Next, mix in the anise. Add in milk and flour, alternating portions of each until they are all combined.
Turn dough onto a floured board and knead until dough is firm and not sticky (add more flour if needed.
Break off a handful of dough at a time and roll into long pencil, cut into 5 or 6 inch pieces. Shape into ‘S’ shape on ungreased cookie sheet. These cookies will puff up. Bake approximately 8-10 minutes. Remove to cool on rack, then frost. Makes about 5 dozen depending on size of cookie.
In a large bowl, melt 1 tablespoon of butter. Add in ½ pound of confectioners’ sugar. Stir in milk, stirring to incorporate well, to a desired consistency for frosting the cookies. Brush on cookies or use a spoon, apply sprinkles right away and return to rack to set.
Let cool completely and store in airtight containers.