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  • Serves: 80 cookies

Italian Anise Cookies

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Category: Holiday, Kids, Cookies

 Ingredients List

  • Cookie Dough:
  • ¾ cup granulated sugar
  • ½ cup (1 stick) butter, melted
  • 2 large eggs
  • ¼ cup milk
  • 1 tsp. anise extract
  • 2¾ cups all-purpose flour
  • 2½ tsp. baking powder
  • ¼ tsp. salt
  • Glaze (see below)
  • Nonpareils
  • Glaze:
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 4-5 tsp. milk
  • 1 tsp. anise extract


1. Preheat oven to 325°F. Line baking sheets with parchment paper and set aside.

2. Beat the sugar, butter, eggs, milk and anise extract in a large bowl with a mixer until well blended. On low speed, beat in the flour, baking powder and salt until well blended.

3. Drop by rounded teaspoonfuls 2 inches apart onto the prepared baking sheets.

4. Bake 8-10 minutes or until the bottoms are a light golden brown. Remove cookies to a wire rack to cool.

5. Prepare the glaze: Whisk the powdered sugar, milk and anise extract in a small bowl until smooth.

6. Dip the tops of the cookies in the glaze, and while the glaze is still wet, sprinkle on the nonpareils. Let set until glaze hardens.

7. Store cookies airtight at room temperature up to 2 weeks or freeze for up to 1 month.

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