|Margarine/Butter||1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs), softened|
|Sugar||1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs)|
|Vanilla extract||1 Teaspoon|
|Anise extract/Anisette||2 Teaspoon|
|All purpose flour||2 1⁄2 Cup (40 tbs)|
|Baking powder||1 Tablespoon|
|Confectioners sugar||3⁄4 Cup (12 tbs)|
|Sprinkles||1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs) (Red And Green)|
In large bowl, with mixer at low speed, beat margarine or butter with sugar until blended.
Increase speed to high; beat until creamy.
At medium speed, beat in eggs, vanilla, and 1 teaspoon anise extract, constandy scraping bowl with rubber spatula.
Reduce speed to low; beat in flour and baking powder, occasionally scraping bowl.
Shape dough into 4 balls.
Wrap each ball in plastic wrap and freeze at least 1 hour or refrigerate overnight.
Preheat oven to 350°F.
On lightly floured surface, divide 1 ball of dough into 9 equal pieces, keeping remaining dough refrigerated.
With lightly floured hands, roll each piece of dough into a 7 inch long rope; bring ends of rope together and gently twist several times.
Pinch twisted ends together to seal.
Place cookies, about 2 inches apart, on ungreased large cookie sheet.
Bake cookies 12 minutes or until bottoms are lightly browned.
With pancake turner, remove cookies to wire rack to cool.
Repeat with remaining dough.
When cookies are cool, prepare glaze.
In small bowl, mix confectioners' sugar with remaining 1 teaspoon anise extract and 2 tablespoons water.
Brush top of cookies with glaze; place on rack.
Top with sprinkles if you like.
Set cookies aside to allow glaze to dry, about 1 hour.