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Italian Anise Cookies

Italian Anise Cookies traditionally are a soft, licorice flavored cookie covered with a powdered sugar glaze and nonpareil’s sprinkled on top.

Italian Anise Cookies traditionally are a soft, licorice flavored cookie covered with a powdered sugar glaze and nonpareil's sprinkled on top.  #cookies #italian #anise #dessert

It always amazes me how much food plays an integral part of our lives. Not only for nourishment, but it also helps define who we are. As I get older, I can recall certain memories from my youth where others are completely lost until I smell a familiar scent or eat something I used to like as a child.

Italian Anise Cookies

When my husband’s Italian aunt passed away a few years ago, her children made a recipe book with some of her favorite recipes. She was an amazing cook and like most Italian women I know, there was always food and drink ready at the drop of a hat; always ready to entertain family and friends.  One of the recipes in this book was for her Anise Cookies; which I couldn’t wait to make.

Italian Anise Cookies traditionally are a soft, licorice flavored cookie covered with a powdered sugar glaze and nonpareil's sprinkled on top. #cookies #anise #dessert #italian

She always had these cookies on her Christmas cookie platter and they were one of my favorites. I also liked them because it brought back memories of me being a small girl and eating them with my sister and cousins at my own Italian grandmothers house during the holidays too. See, food does bring back memories!

Italian Anise Cookies traditionally are a soft, licorice flavored cookie covered with a powdered sugar glaze and nonpareil's sprinkled on top.

These Anise Cookies are delicious and so easy to make. The last two years I didn’t have much time to bake for the holidays, but was happy this year when I was able to spend a day and a half in the kitchen making my favorites like Walnut Crescents, Bailey’s Irish Cream Truffles, decorated sugar cookies, oatmeal raisin cookies, Cinnamon Walnut Pinwheels, and even made a new biscotti recipe. We had Christmas music playing and the girls were decorating a Gingerbread House; it never gets old!

Italian Anise Cookies traditionally are a soft, licorice flavored cookie covered with a powdered sugar glaze and nonpareil's sprinkled on top.Click To Tweet

For this recipe you’ll need flour, baking powder, sugar, eggs, butter, anise extract, milk and confectioners sugar. Start by adding all ingredients except the confectioners sugar and milk to your mixer; then slowly blend until the dough forms. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or Silpat mat and drop 1 tbsp. of the dough onto the pan.

The cookie won’t spread much so you can place them about 2″ apart. Bake at 350 degrees F for about 10 minutes or until the bottoms turn a light brown. Remove the cookies from the oven and allow to cool for 5 minutes before transferring them to a wire rack to cool completely.

Italian Anise Cookies

Once the cookies have cooled, combine the confectioners sugar, anise extract and milk in a small bowl and mix until the sugar is smooth. Dip the top of the cookie into the sugar mixture, place back on the wire rack; then sprinkle with nonpareils. I like to dip about three to four cookies; then sprinkle because you want to make sure the sugar is still wet so the nonpareils will adhere.

Italian Anise Cookies traditionally are a soft, licorice flavored cookie covered with a powdered sugar glaze and nonpareil's sprinkled on top.  #cookies #italian #anise

You can store these Anise Cookies in a tightly sealed container or cookie tin at room temperature for about one week or I prefer keeping them frozen in a resealable bag so that they stay fresh longer (about 4 months). It helps ensure that my cookies are fresh when  making trays of holiday cookies to bring as hostess gifts. ~Enjoy!

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Italian Anise Cookies
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Italian Anise Cookies
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
10 mins
Total Time
30 mins
 

Italian Anise Cookies traditionally are a soft, licorice flavored cookie covered with a powdered sugar glaze and nonpareil's sprinkled on top.  

Course: Dessert
Servings: 40
Author: Carrie's Experimental Kitchen
Ingredients
For the Anise Cookies
  • 3 c. All Purpose Flour
  • 3 tsp. Baking Powder
  • 3/4 c. Granulated Sugar
  • 3 large Eggs
  • 1/2 c. Butter, melted
  • 1 tsp. Anise Extract
For the Icing
  • 1 c. Confectioners Sugar
  • 1 tsp. Anise Extract
  • 2 tbsp. Milk
Instructions
For the Anise Cookies
  1. Preheat oven to  350 degrees F.

  2. Start by adding all ingredients to your mixer; then slowly blend until the dough forms. 

  3. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or Silpat mat and drop 1 tbsp. of the dough onto the pan. (The cookie won't spread much so you can place them about 2" apart.) 

  4. Bake for about 10 minutes or until the bottoms turn a light brown. Remove the cookies from the oven and allow to cool for 5 minutes before transferring them to a wire rack to cool completely. 

  5. Once the cookies have cooled, dip the top of the cookie into the sugar mixture, place back on the wire rack; then sprinkle with nonpareils. (I like to dip about three to four cookies; then sprinkle because you want to make sure the sugar is still wet so the nonpareils will adhere.)

For the Icing
  1. Combine the confectioners sugar, anise extract and milk in a small bowl and mix until the sugar is smooth. 

 

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Italian Anise Cookies traditionally are a soft, licorice flavored cookie covered with a powdered sugar glaze and nonpareil's sprinkled on top.  #cookies #italian #anise

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Italian Anise Cookies traditionally are a soft, licorice flavored cookie covered with a powdered sugar glaze and nonpareil's sprinkled on top.  #cookies #italian #anise #dessert


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