Italian Anise Cookies

I've shown this recipe before but I think t is good enough to post again.  These cookies are perfect with your morning cup of coffee.


  • 1 cup softened butter
  • 1 cup of sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons anise extract
  • 2 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons of milk


2 cups confectioners sugar
3 tablespoons milk
1/8 tsp. anise extract


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line cookie sheets with parchment paper.
  2. Cream the butter and sugar. Add eggs and anise extract.
  3. Blend flour and baking powder. Start by adding about 1/3 of these dry ingredients to the butter and sugar in your mixer. Add 1 T. milk. Add another third of the flour and another 1 T. milk. Mix in the remaining flour.
  4. Measure out the cookies by using a 1 tablespoon cookie scoop. I sprayed mine with cooking spray to keep the dough from sticking.
  5. Bake cookies for 12 minutes. They should just be starting to brown on the bottoms but just barely.
  6. Mix sugar, milk and extract to make a sugar glaze. It should be thin enough to dip the cookie tops.
  7. Turn each cookie upside down and dip the tops into the glace. Sprinkle with multi-colored non pariels.
  8. Place the cookies on a rack to cool. Let them sit out until the glace sets and store in a tight lidded container.

  The flavor actually gets better after the cookies sit for a few days.

If you really don't like anise flavor, you can use lemon.


Margaret said…
I have made these and they are delicious!
Nellie said…
I am ready for a taste test.:)
Anonymous said…
Yummy! But perhaps I rather have them for the noon coffee :-)

Have a great day!
Your cookies look so good. My brother-in-law Mario makes these and I love them!
Guillaume said…
They remind me of the "nipples of Venus" dessert in Amadeus.
Kay said…
Oh yum! This looks really wonderful! It's so pretty.
These sound so yummy. I love anise.
Another cookie I have got to try but I need to get was it? Anise? Goes to show you how much I bake!! :( I just come here and moon over what you bake.
Jamie. said…
Oh my; excellent pictures, makes me need one!
I'm saving this recipe to try soon.