See, my family and I mostly came from Southern Italy, and we do kind of the same thing. The frosting and sprinkles are exactly the same. However, if you really want flavor, we use anise in our batches. It's a bit more complicated than this recipe, mainly because it takes over 45 minutes to stir the dough (it's in a gigantic bowl. And since we use a lot of anise and make over 300 cookies, it is an expensive recipe. Plus, it's all handiwork. You mix the dough with your hands, and we make twisty shapes and swirls with the dough. It's a family event that takes (at the maximum) two days! The baking time is pretty much the same though.
Basically, this recipe is for someone who is leaning towards the traditional cookie, but doesn't have the time to do the hard work.
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See, my family and I mostly came from Southern Italy, and we do kind of the same thing. The...