Italian Sprinkle Cookies

These are a family favorite. They take a little while to make but they are well worth the effort.

Ingredients:
6 eggs
5 cups all purpose flour
2 cups confectioner’s sugar
2 tbsp plus 1 ½ tsp baking powder
1 cup shortening
3 tsp almond extract
1 ½ tsp lemon extract

Glaze:
3 ¾ cup confectioner’s sugar
½ cup warm milk
1 tsp almond extract
1 tsp vanilla extract
Colored sprinkles
Directions:

  1. Using a heavy-duty mixer, beat eggs on high speed until light and foamy, about 5 minutes; set aside. In a large bowl, combine the flour, confectioners’ sugar and baking powder; on low speed, gradually beat in shortening and extracts until mixture resembles fine crumbs. Gradually add beaten eggs (dough will be stiff).
  2. Roll dough into 1-in. balls. Place 2 in. apart on ungreased baking sheets. Bake at 350° for 12-14 minutes (tops of the cookies will not brown, but bottoms should brown slightly).
  3. Meanwhile, in a small bowl, combine the confectioners’ sugar, milk and extracts until smooth. As soon as cookies are removed from the oven, quickly dip two or three at a time into glaze. Remove with a slotted spoon or tongs; place on wire racks to drain. Immediately top with sprinkles. Let dry for 24 hours before storing in airtight containers.

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