Italian Anise Cookies

Prep Time 10 min Cook Time 10 min Yields about 80 cookies     adjust servings

Italian Anise Cookies!! These cookies NEED to be on your holiday cookie tray! Not a fan of anise? Use your favorite extract for a new flavor!


For the cookie dough

  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, melted
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1 tsp. anise extract
  • 2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 1/2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp. salt

For the glaze

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

Additional ingredients

  • Nonpareils


  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.


Recipe Notes

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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