Friday, February 27, 2015

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:


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

Glaze:

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

Instructions:


  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.