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La Befana’s Stars

kept byClara
recipe byCookstr

These cookies symbolize the story of La Befana (pronounced La Bay-fah-nah), who travels around Italy on the Feast of the Epiphany, and celebrates the visit of the three Magi to the Christ Child.The traditional shape of these cookies is a star, to signify the Star of Bethlehem and La Befana’s quest for the baby Jesus. I think most kids will agree with my belief that multicolored sprinkles are absolutely necessary; the glaze brushed on top of the cookies helps the sprinkles adhere and gives the cookies a pretty sheen.
Yield : Makes about 4 dozen cookies


For the cookies:

3 ½ cups unbleached flour
½ teaspoon baking powder
½ teaspoon kosher salt
1 ½ cups (3 sticks/12 ounces) unsalted butter, softened
1 ¼ cups granulated sugar
1 large egg
2 large egg yolks
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
2 teaspoons anisette
Freshly grated zest of 1 orange

For the glaze:

1 large egg yolk
2 tablespoons heavy cream
Multicolored sprinkles



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