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Mary's Italian Lemon Cookies Recipe

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1/2 lb. margarine, melted
6 eggs, beaten in a separate bowl
2 tbsp. lemon extract
2 tsp. vanilla extract (optional)
1 tsp. anise extract (optional)
4 cups flour, sifted
1 cup sugar
5 tsp. baking soda
4 cups powdered sugar
1 tsp. ground lemon peel (optional)
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1 tsp. lemon extract
2 tbsp. lemon juice (optional)
1/2 cup water plus more if needed to make a thin consistency for coating the cookies

Melt the margarine; let cool. Add the 6 beaten eggs and your flavorings of choice. Mix dry ingredients in a large bowl. Make a well in the center. Add the wet ingredients slowly in the center of the well until a soft dough is formed. Add more flour if the dough is too sticky. Roll into ropes and form bows, knots or pretzel forms. Put them on a parchment-lined cookie sheets about 2 inches apart. Bake in a preheated 400 oven for around 15 minutes. Frosting: Mix all the ingredients together. When cooled, dip them into the bowl of frosting. Let cookies sit until dry.

Personal Notes:
Personal Notes:
This recipe was given to mom by her Italian co-worker Mary. They are truly the ultimate "Italian lemon comfort cookie!"




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