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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.