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Thursday, December 19, 2013

Italian Anise Cookies, Holiday Cookie Linky Party and a $50 Target Gift Card Giveaway

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Today, I'm sharing my Italian Anise Cookies. Anise, in case you don't know, tastes like black licorice. From what I understand, some people really love the flavor - and others, not so much. I don't think there's any middle ground on that flavor. I really wanted to do a traditional Christmas Cookies and one that maybe hadn't been shared by others.

If you're not really a fan of black licorice, feel free to substitute your favorite extract flavor in place of the anise extract! :)

Personally, I love all of the tasty treats this time of year! Cookies and yummy desserts seem to be flooding the blogging world! It's a good thing most of that is in virtual life - looking and drooling is calorie-free! ;)

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These Italian Anise Cookies are super easy and so soft! I love how puffy they are!

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Of course, they make great gifts ... or would be great on a cookie tray with other cookies or candies. And just in case you need more cookie inspiration, be sure to check out all of the other yummy cookies linked in this post after the recipe!

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Italian Anise Cookies
Printable recipe
Yield: about 80 cookies

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)

1 cup powdered sugar
4-5 tsp. milk
1 tsp. anise extract

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

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.

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

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

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

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.

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

*** Just a note - If you're not really a fan of black licorice, feel free to substitute your favorite extract flavor in place of the anise extract! :)

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Let's check out some other yummy cookies!


Let's meet the hostesses of this fun link party:
Ang from Juggling Act Mama is bringing Toffee Chocolate Chip Cookies
Teri from The Freshman Cook is bringing Cardamom Orange Sugar Cookies
Jamie from Love Bakes Good Cakes is bringing Italian Anise Cookies
Carrie from Frugal Foodie Mama is bringing Biscoff Snickerdoodles
Paula from Call me PMc is bringing White Chocolate Chip Cherry Oatmeal Cookies
Stacey from Glued to my Crafts is bringing Almond Chocolate Cranberry Cookies
Deb from Cooking on the Front Burner is bringing Cranberry Orange Slice Cookies
Jaime from Mom's Test Kitchen is bringing Holiday Vanilla Pudding Cake Cookies
Marilyn from 4 You With Love is bringing Chocolate Peppermint Rice Crispy Treats

Please be sure to hop around and visit all the ladies and check out their tasty cookies! Join the Holiday Cookie Link Party!

If that wasn't enough, how about a giveaway too!
Target Giveaway

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I hope you enjoy! Shared at these fun parties!

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  1. Thanks for hosting the fun party! Italian cookies are some of my favorite. We have a family recipe... that I'm not allowed to share... boo! They are so good! I love that you added anise, I just might have to try that sometime!

  2. Thanks for another great party! I can always use more Christmas cookies :) Love the giveaway too! Happy Happy Holidays!

  3. Any type of festively decorated Christmas cookie! I just love making them :)

  4. My favorite cookie is Chocolate peppermint cookie.
    I love the combination of both of those flavors together!

  5. my favorite is gingerbread cookies

  6. Thanks for the SWEET party Jamie! Merry Merry!

  7. My favorite cookies are Russian Teacakes. :) Your cookies look delicious Jamie. I am one of those licorice haters, but they look so festive!!

  8. I made something similar the other day, with two differences, mine are lemon and yours ARE MUCH PRETTIER! :-) You are right anise is something people either love or hate, I used to be a lover until I had a bad Sambuca experience in my twenties and still to this day, I can't even smell that kind of odor! Great job on the cookies!

  9. They look phenomenal! I've never heard of anise extract, but I bet it adds a wonderful flavor!

  10. Perfect cookie for this time of year, hope you have a terrific holiday!

    Happy Blogging!
    Happy Valley Chow

  11. Good morning Jamie, I love your Italian Anise Cookies recipe. My sister-in-law makes them every year and I enjoy them with a cup of tea. I'm pinning and sharing, thanks for sharing with Foodie Friends Friday Christmas Party this week.

    Joanne/Winelady Cooks

  12. I love anise, and these look really good!

  13. My favorite holiday cookie is chocolate mint. Thanks for the giveaway! DamianMom at yahoo dot com

  14. G'day! One word? YUM!
    Reminds me of my childhood! Great photo!
    Cheers! Joanne
    Viewed as part of Foodie Friends Friday Anything Goes Party

  15. I love frosted sugar cookies. Love the giveaway!

  16. My favorite holiday cookies is sugar cookies, with lots of frosting.

  17. My favorite holiday cookie is rolled out sugar cookies, with lots of frosting.

  18. Homemade sugar cookies with a tiny bit of frosting are my faves!

  19. My favorite holiday cookie is buckeye balls!

  20. My makes these cookies every year. They are fantastic. Thanks for bringing them to foodie friday, Merry Christmas.

  21. My favorite cookies are ones that other people make :)

  22. I love soft gingerbread cookies! Thanks for this great giveaway!

  23. Your cookies look delicious, Jamie thanks for sharing at Foodie Friends Friday!

  24. Hi Jamie, this cookie is very similar to one we make.. I grew up in an Italian household and had fun baking with my mom and grandmother.... I love how simple they are and love the anise flavor! Thanks for linking these up to MM... pinning. Merry Christmas, Deb

  25. Dear Jamie, I love Anise, but like you say it's an acquired taste. These cookies sound perfect and right up my alley. Have a merry Christmas and a happy New Year. Blessings, Catherine

  26. I'm not wild about anise but my guys love it. These little cookies are adorable. Thank you for linking. Hope you had a nice Christmas. Happy New Year!

  27. These look like the perfect little Christmas cookies, and I love that you can swap out the flavor! The possibilities are endless!

  28. These look like the perfect holiday cookies, Jamie!

  29. I'm a big fan of anise so these cookies are a must have for me! Thanks for the idea, can't wait to try them!

  30. Just made these cookies yesterday with 3 granddaughters. Two chose almond flavoring and one chose lemon. All were good. My Italian mother made hers with anise, but, since most of us weren't fond of that flavoring, she would use anise seeds and lemon extract. Those were good!!!

  31. I made these for a cookie exchange. So easy and so good. thank you for a great recipe.


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