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Italian Cookies

1 heaping cup sugar
1 cup butter
4 cups flour
3 tablespoons baking powder
5 eggs
2 tablespoons vanilla

Blend butter and sugar. Mix flour and baking powder and add to
butter and sugar mixture. Blend with hands until mixed very well.
Add beaten eggs and vanilla. Knead until oily. After shaping, bake
at 400 degrees for 8-10 minutes on lightly greased baking sheet.

To shape, divide dough into thirds.

Chocolate - Add 2 tablespoons cocoa, a dash of cinnamon and 1/2
cup chopped nuts to one third of the dough. Mix well. Shape into
1-inch balls. After baking and cooling, frost with an icing made
of powder sugar, butter and a little cocoa.

Almond - Add 1 teaspoon anise flavoring (liquid) to one third of
the dough. Shape into 1-inch balls. After baking and cooling, frost
with an icing made from powder sugar, vanilla and milk.

Sesame - Add 1 teaspoon anise flavoring to one third of the dough.
Shape into small finger lengths and roll in sesame seeds.

Another option: Add 1 teaspoon almond flavoring to one third of
the dough. Divide in half. Color one half light pink, one half
light green. Pat one half of the dough out into a 3x6-inch rectangle.
Pat the other half down on the first half. After baking, frost and
cut into diagonal slices. The chocolate cookies can also be shaped
this way. After frosting, sprinkle with some chopped nuts. The
almond-flavored ball-shaped cookies could also be tinted pink/green.

NOTES : The diagonally-cut cookies are faster to shape but be aware
that they break easily while they are being cut. Try using a very
sharp, non-serrated knife. I don't know how many cookies a recipe
makes, but it makes lots. To make frosting the ball-shaped cookies
easier, hold them upside down over a bowl of frosting, dip and
twirl. Good luck. I'm not an expert, but I've made these a few
times. They are challenging, but worth the effort.

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