Italian Easter Biscuits

    35 min

    Ice with coloured icing and sugar if you like.

    96 people made this

    Serves: 48 

    • 125g butter
    • 175g caster sugar
    • 3 eggs
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
    • 1 teaspoon almond extract
    • 60ml milk
    • 60ml vegetable oil
    • 475g plain flour
    • 5 teaspoons baking powder
    • 500g icing sugar
    • 125g butter, softened
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
    • 1 teaspoon almond extract
    • 3 tablespoons milk
    • 3 drops red food colouring (optional)

    Prep:15min  ›  Cook:10min  ›  Extra time:10min  ›  Ready in:35min 

    1. Preheat the oven to 180 C / Gas mark 4. Grease baking trays.
    2. In a large bowl, cream together 125g butter and caster sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in the eggs one at a time, then stir in 1 teaspoon vanilla and 1 teaspoon almond extract, 60ml milk and oil. Combine the flour and baking powder, stir into the wet mixture. Roll dough into 2.5cm balls. On a lightly floured surface, roll the balls out into ropes about 12cm long. Tie into loose knots and place biscuits 2.5cm apart onto the prepared baking trays.
    3. Bake for 5 minutes on the bottom shelf and 5 minutes on the top shelf of the preheated oven, until the bottoms of the biscuits are golden brown. When biscuits are cool, dip them into the icing.
    4. To make the icing, cream together the icing sugar, 125g butter and 1 teaspoon vanilla and 1 teaspoon almond extracts. Beat in 3 tablespoons milk, one tablespoon at a time, then stir in the food colouring if desired.

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    I just made these with my sister, for her class, and they were really easy to make, except for the knotting which was a bit fiddly. But we persevered and they look and taste great! I put them in a cooler oven so as to make them softer, and I had waaaay too much icing left over, but Other than that great, except I think I would add less vanilla essence.  -  27 Jan 2011


    Took shortcuts. I just made them into circles as I could not make them into knots  -  25 Mar 2011


    The biscuits turned out great but the icing wasn't as i expected. The recipe suggest dipping the biscuits in the icing but mine turned out stiff - so I keep adding milk but still didn't arrive at a consistency to dip the biscuits in so I iced them with it. Any thoughts on where I went wrong?  -  04 Apr 2012