"" The Exhausted Mom: Passing Down Tradition ~ Italian Knot Cookies with Recipe

December 12, 2011

Passing Down Tradition ~ Italian Knot Cookies with Recipe

When I was little, I remember my grandmother letting me help in the kitchen.  One of my favorite things to help with was her knotted cookies.  She would let me mix the ingredients and mold the dough.

Unfortunately, my kids were never able to meet my grandmother, but today,  I passed down that same tradition with them.  We worked together to recreate those same knotted cookies.  

Italian Knotted Cookies with Sugar Glaze


1/2 C sugar
3 C flour
2 TBL Baking Powder
3 eggs
1/2 C oil
1 TBL vanilla

1 C of confectioner's sugar
3/4 C water
vanilla, lemon or orange extract

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Sift all dry ingredients together.  Slowly fold in wet ingredients.
Blend ingredients together to make a dough.  (If very sticky, add flour)

Take about 1 TBL of dough and roll into logs.  Twist logs in knots.

Bake for about 15-20 minutes.  The cookies will remain light in color.

Blend all ingredients together.  The glaze should be a syrupy type consistency.  If too runny, add more confectioner's sugar.

Glaze cookies once they are out of the oven.  You can add sprinkles for decoration.

Unfortunately, our attempt was nothing like the cookies that my grandmother made.  They actually look more like piles of poop and they came out too big...but the taste was still there.

Do you have any memories of cooking with your grandparents or parents?  Have you passed down that tradition to your kids?



  1. what good little helpers you have...save me some!

  2. My grandmother made these cookies. I'm thoroughly Italian. It's so great to bring back those memories at Christmas.
    Karen Rose Smith


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