Italian Anise Cookies
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What are Anise Cookies?
How to prepare Anise cookies?
The steps that lead to eating these addicting cookies are simple. You can involve kids if you wish, it is a great recipe for this purpose. Kids love sprinkles and will be happy at least adding those on to these delicious cookies.
What do I need?
I used my Kitchenaid stand mixer but if you don’t have one, do not worry, a large bowl and a whisk will work as perfectly. A cookie sheet with parchment paper will be necessary for baking them.
Now, what do I do?
Prepare the glaze
This is a very easy step! You just need to mix the confectioner’s sugar also known as powdered sugar or icing sugar and some water or milk. Tip: if it is too runny when you dip the top of your cookie, add a tablespoon of icing sugar to thicken your glaze. Dust with multicolor nonpareils or any sprinkles of your choice.
Can You Freeze Anise Cookies?
What Else Can you Use Anise For?
Italian Anise Cookies
These cute little Italian Anise Cookies are a traditional recipe with a glaze topped with nonpareils. Prepared with simple ingredients from the pantry, these little balls flavored with anise will become your favorite.
For the cookies
- 1/2 cup of butter, soft
- 1/2 cup of granulated sugar
- 3 eggs, medium size
- 2 tsp. of anise extract
- 2 1/2 tsp of baking powder
- 2 cups of flour
- 1 cup of icing sugar
- 2 tbsp of milk (or water)
- Pre-heat the oven at 350F.
- In a large bowl, cream the butter and the sugar.
- Add the eggs, one by one. Mix well.
- Incorporate the baking powder and pour the anise extract.
- Add the flour and mix until fully incorporated.
- Shape the dough into small balls (roughly smaller than a golf ball)
- Bake them 8 to 10 minutes.
- In the meantime, mix the icing sugar with the milk.
- Once the anise cookies are baked and cooled down, dip the top of the cookie in the glaze and sprinkle immediately with nonpareils.
- Repeat until done and enjoy!
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Nutrition Information:Yield: 22 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving:Calories: 125Total Fat: 5gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 34mgSodium: 100mgCarbohydrates: 18gFiber: 0gSugar: 9gProtein: 2g
Comments & Reviews
Tara Pittman says
I will be having my boys make these cookies. Baking is a homeschool lesson that I am using
I LOVE anise cookies! I can’t wait to make these. They sound so good.
Kita Bryant says
I would love to try these! I have never heard of these or had them!
My family loves anise flavor and they will definitely love these cookies! Look so inviting!
Myrah Duque says
You had me at “anise”. It brought back so many childhood memories. I never thought of using anise in cookies, this is genius. Thanks.
Gervin Khan says
Wow, such a pretty and delicious cookies. I will definitely try this recipe for my kids, thank you!
Celebrate Woman Today says
I like a fact you are cooking with Anise. This is not a very widely used spice. I try to incorporate it into as many things as I can.
Would like to make these wonders for sure.
These are one of our favorite cookies actually! My mom makes the every Christmas. 🙂
Jayson Krack says
Very very Bitter
Melanie Fraxedas says
Dear Jayson – I deeply apologize for this error in the recipe. This recipe was tested repeatedly and I am sorry for this typo in the ingredients. Thank you so much for pointing it out to us, it has been corrected now.
Again – apologies.
Have a great Sunday,
Jayson Krack says
I use to make these as a kid with my Grandma and Great Aunt. I found this recipe and was excited that I could finally share them with my Wife. This recipe is better than I remember. I am very Grateful that you shared them with us. Thank You for keeping the Christmas cookie tradition alive. Patiently waiting on the chocolate pepper cookie recipe. Wink***Wink*** Lol
Very Tasty!!! It is now my wife’s favorite cookie!!
Tara Noland says
I am so glad you loved them and so does your wife!! Christmas traditions are so important. And I have never had a chocolate pepper cookie, now you have intrigued me to find out what that is all about.