This is a traditional treat brought over from Italy which is made for the celebration of Easter. I have fond memories of my mother making this each year. I don’t know how to describe this tasty treat. It’s not a cake nor is it a cookie. It’s somewhere in between. All I know is that I like it, it’s delicious and I enjoy it very much Please feel free to alter this recipe in any way. For instance, some people prefer almond flavoring instead anise.
YIELD 6 Baskets
- Thoroughly mix first two ingredients.
- Add eggs one at a time and completely mix after each.
- Add the extract and beat until smooth.
- Whisk flour and baking powder together and add to egg mixture just enough to make a workable dough.
- Roll a piece of dough into a ball and flatten it to make a 4-inch diameter round onto cookie sheet.
- Roll some dough into a 1/4-inch diameter “rope” and cut 2 pieces enough to crisscross a raw egg which is placed in the center of the round and the edges sealed.o.
- Repeat until all six eggs are used up and bake at 350 degrees F. 20-25 minutes or until golden brown.
- Leftover scraps of dough can be shaped into cookies and baked along with the egg baskets.