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Italian Knot Cookies!

Updated: Feb 3, 2021

When I first got married, my mother-in-law wrote out some of her traditional family recipes for me so I could add them to mine!

These are one of our family favorites from my husbands childhood!


1/2 pound butter (226g)

1/2 pound cream cheese

1 cup sugar

5 eggs


5 cups flour

1/2 tsp salt

5 tsp baking powder

Mix the butter, cream cheese, eggs, sugar and vanilla. Beat well.

In a separate bowl... mix all dry ingredients. Add dry a little at a time to the butter mix until well blended.

Turn out onto board or counter...knead all together.

If dough is too sticky add a little more flour until workable. Do not make too dry!


Mix some powdered sugar and water to make icing. It should be rather thick.

Add food coloring and flavoring in each bowl. Make as many mixes as you like.

I often use red, green, blue and yellow and then add vanilla, almond, anise and bourbon flavors one to each color. You can make them all white if you like or all one color! or all one flavor!

Roll dough into a thin rope about 4-5 inches long and turn into a knot.

Bake at 375F for 10-12 min. Let cool. Then dip in the icing and add sprinkles if you like!

I hope you love these as much as we all do! Be careful not to eat them all at once!



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