I have vivid memories from my childhood of my Nana cooking and baking wonderful food in our kitchen. I would sit wide eyed at the kitchen table watching her every move as she made her wonderful dishes. She would always let me help in some kind of fashion and one of my fondest memories is one where I got to roll out and form the rings for these cookies. Nana never had written recipes and I don't really remember her using measuring cups or spoons. Everything she made was magical and delicious. She called these delightful treasures, Little Italian Cookies.
Italian Cookies printable recipe
6 good cups flour6 tsp. baking powder
1good cup sugar
3 tsp. lemon flavor
6 tsp. melted crisco
1/2 cups milk
Colored candy Jimmies
Make a pile of dry ingredients. Make a well in the center, add all liquid and eggs. Beat eggs and liquids, pulling dry ingredients in the center until well blended. Knead dough into long a long rope approximately 1/4" thick, from into rings. Place on greased baking sheet. Bake 400 degrees until edges are slightly brown. 7-8 minutes. Remove from oven and allow to cool until all cookies are baked then toss in glaze to coat.
1 cup sugar3/4 cup water
Put together in a large pot. Bring to boil for 8 minutes. Place cookies in pan and shake gently so that all cookies are glazed. Toss in colored jimmies and continue to shake pan until icing is dry.