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10 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 7
  • 4 star values: 2
  • 3 star values: 0
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 1

Italian anise cookies with light frosting and sprinkles!

Recipe Summary

prep:
15 mins
cook:
10 mins
additional:
10 mins
total:
35 mins
Servings:
60
Yield:
5 dozen
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Ingredients

60
Original recipe yields 60 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 450 degrees F (230 degrees C). Grease cookie sheets.

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  • In a large bowl, stir together the flour, 1 1/2 cups confectioners' sugar and baking powder. Cut in butter using a pastry blender or rub between fingers until well blended. Stir in the eggs, vanilla and anise extracts and mix into a firm dough. Turn dough out onto a floured surface and knead for about 5 minutes. Roll tablespoonfuls of dough into balls and place them 1 inch apart onto the prepared cookie sheets.

  • Bake for 8 to 10 minutes in the preheated oven, or until firm. Remove from cookie sheets to cool on wire racks. In a small bowl, stir together 1 cup confectioners' sugar and 1 1/2 tablespoons water. Drizzle over cooled cookies and decorate with sprinkles.

Nutrition Facts

91 calories; protein 1.4g; carbohydrates 13.4g; fat 3.5g; cholesterol 17.4mg; sodium 59.2mg. Full Nutrition
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Reviews (8)

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
10/20/2003
Something is wrong with this recipe. There was no way to form dough. Please check. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 1 stars
07/10/2004
I should have looked at the first review. The cookies were terrible! Read More
(9)
10 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 7
  • 4 star values: 2
  • 3 star values: 0
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 5 stars
10/20/2003
Something is wrong with this recipe. There was no way to form dough. Please check. Read More
(35)
Rating: 5 stars
08/17/2004
I was surprised to see this recipe. Being from an Italian household I grew up on these cookies. In fact I have a batch in the oven now. My mother chose to frost and sprinkle them but I prefer them plain with my coffee!! Delicious. My ingredients are similar w/the exception of adding baking powder. I roll mine in a long rope and cut them on a diagonal so they form small biscotti shaped cookies. Read More
(33)
Rating: 5 stars
12/11/2007
Great recipe. Just what I remembered eating as a kid. Dont get intimidated by the dough. Keep working it together and add another egg if its too dry. You work it like fresh pasta dough believe it or not. Recipe comes out great. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/21/2008
Excellent recipe. I'm so happy I tried it. Could also be used with any flavoring besides anise extract. Dough and cookies came out perfectly!!!! Read More
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Rating: 1 stars
07/10/2004
I should have looked at the first review. The cookies were terrible! Read More
(9)
Rating: 5 stars
10/02/2013
Great recipe....Thanks for sharing. Good cookies the only difference is I put a couple drops of anisette in the icing also YUMMMMM... Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/17/2014
Great recipe Italian anise cookies! Read More
Rating: 4 stars
12/12/2016
Burnt most of the batch because temp reads 450 so I cooked the rest of the batch @ 325 for 15 min which they came out perfect and delicious. I think it also helps to use the pastry attachment on your kitchen aid. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
01/23/2016
I love this cookies. Read More