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Sweet Taralli

(Makes about 40 cookies)
Sweet Taralli
Italian taralli can be either sweet or savory.  Sweet taralli are very simple cookies with a lemon glaze and topped with colored candy sprinkles.  Cookies that are very similar to Sweet Taralli are Love Knot Cookies which are twisted into a knot and have a softer texture.

6 tablespoons unsalted butter
2-1/2 cups flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
3 eggs
1/2 cup sugar
1 tablespoon vanilla extract

1-1/2 cups confectioners' sugar
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2-3 tablespoons water
Multi-color candy sprinkles


Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.  Line baking sheets with parchment paper.

Melt the butter and set it aside to cool.

In a bowl, combine the flour and baking powder; set aside.  In another bowl, whisk the eggs with the sugar and vanilla extract.  Add the cooled butter and whisk to combine.  Fold in the flour mixture until the dough comes together.

Transfer the dough to a lightly floured surface; knead lightly to form a smooth dough.  Divide the dough in half.  Form each piece into a log about 15-inches long x 1-inch wide.  Cut the log into 1-inch pieces; roll each piece until it is about 5-inches long.  Bring the two ends together into a circle and pinch the ends to hold together.  Place the dough circles on the prepared cookie sheets.
Bake for 15 minutes; the taralli will be puffed but will remain pale on top.
Transfer the cookies to a wire rack to cool.

To make the icing:
Combine the confectioners' sugar, lemon juice, and vanilla in a bowl.  Add the water a little at a time until the icing is thin and spreadable.  Dip the tops of the cooled cookies in the icing.  Dust the tops with the candy sprinkles while the icing is still moist.
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