Here is a very appetizing recipe from BJGourmet... She says that she believes that these were sold in Starbuck's Restaurant... They sound so good!!
Italian Love Knots (makes 12 dozen)
NOTE: Recipe may be halved
1 lb regular margarine (no spreads)
3 c granulated sugar
16 c (5-1/2 lbs) all-purpose flour
3/4 c milk
12 eggs, beaten
3 oz anise extract (not anise oil), or orange extract, or juice of one orange and grated zest
4 tbsp baking powder
Add milk, eggs, and flavoring extract; transfer to your largest mixing bowl. Use a wooden spoon to stir in baking powder and sift in the flour about 2 cups at a time, mixing well after each addition. The dough should be soft but not sticky.
On lightly-floured work surface, divide dough into 2-inch balls, then roll each into a pencil-shape (the size of your index finger) and form each into knot.
Place 2 inches apart on cookie sheets lined with parchment paper. Bake at 375° until light brown, about 5-7 minutes. Watch carefully to prevent them from burning. Apply icing when cool.
2 lbs powdered sugar, sifted
2 tbsp softened margarine
1 tsp vanilla, almond or lemon extract
1/2 to 1 cup hot water
Icing: Mix together all but the water. Add water gradually to achieve a spreading consistency. Use an electric mixer to cream margarine and sugar together until light and fluffy.