Italian Anise Cookies

A quick post today as I am in the countdown stage for tomorrow's event.  I was so busy yesterday that I had to make some cookies to calm down and relax.
 I made these Italian Anise Cookies, here's the recipe:


  • 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
 These actually should be round balls but my eggs were very large so they turned out like disks. They are still very good though a bit wonky. 


Those cookies have my name on them. They look utterly delicious.
Anonymous said…
they look beautiful and the smell must be intoxicating, yum!
only you my dear would make cookies to relax,,, :),
well I make bread to relax so I totally get it ,lol,
Anonymous said…
I do like to put anis in both cookies and breads when baking so I guess I'll love these :-)

Have a great day!
Susan said…
Wait. You are cooking up a veritable feast for 500 and you bake countless dozens of cookies to relax? Can we say "over-achiever"? :) Meant in the most kindest of ways....
Guillaume said…
So glad you are in an Italian cooking mood. These remind me of the Amaretto biscuits my Italian friends used to eat... sometimes for breakfast.
Barb said…
Best of luck with the event!! Those cookies look good. I love the flavor of anise.
Nellie said…
The cookies look amazing, and I'm sure they taste wonderful! Good luck with your event!
1st Man said…
Laurie beat me to it, I bet the smell in your house is amazing! Oh who are we kidding, the way you cook I bet your house ALWAYS smells amazing!
chickpea678 said…
You made more food to calm down and relax?! :-)