Anise Recipes

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Anise Seed Borrachio Cookies

Rating: 4.48 stars
You must find some time to make these cookies because are simply delicious; one of my best friend's favorites. They are classic sugar cookies with the blended flavors of vanilla, anise and rum.

Anise Seed Rolls

Rating: 4.5 stars
This is one of my favorite roll recipes. Everyone gets excited when I tell them I'm making these for Thanksgiving. They are sweet and have just the slightest hint of anise. They're definitely worth the work, and I hope you love these as much as my family does!

Moroccan Semolina Soup with Milk, Anise Seeds, and Honey

Rating: 4.5 stars
This simple Moroccan soup is easy to prepare and can be served in the evening or as a breakfast porridge. Serve warm, garnished with cinnamon, with honey for sweetening on the side.

Oysters Rockefeller

Rating: 4.37 stars
A traditional recipe for oysters Rockefeller.

Anise Bread

Rating: 4.63 stars
A dark, slightly sticky, sweet bread. You MUST like the anise flavor to like this bread.


Rating: 4.67 stars
This is a simple, no frills biscotti. My friend at work gave this recipe to me. It's quick, easy and one of my favorite Italian cookie recipes.

Hot Italian Sausage

Rating: 4.43 stars
An Italian friend of mine had an Italian restaurant and used this recipe for over 30 years. When he retired, he graciously consented to passing it on to me. I will share it with you. It is excellent as meatballs, in spaghetti sauce, hamburger patties, or on pizza. This Recipe was prized by him and revered by many. We are lucky to have gotten this Recipe.

Italian Cookies with Anise

Rating: 5 stars
Every family reunion since I can remember my great Aunt Nin brings anise-flavored Italian cookies that everybody loves. I figured out her exact recipe by trial and error but don't tell her! Sprinkle with nonpareils or sprinkles when icing is still wet, but hurry, they dry fast!

Italian Style Sausage

Rating: 4.69 stars
I like to add Italian sausage as a topping on my homemade pizza. Came up with this blend after much experimentation. I fry it all and freeze in portions for use as pizza topping. It's ground pork with all fixings to make a simple sausage you can prepare at home.

Pan de Muertos (Mexican Bread of the Dead)

Rating: 4.57 stars
This is a version of the bread that is made for the November 2 celebration known as the Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) in Mexico. You can also mold the bread into different shapes like angels and animals.

Italian Anisette Cookies

Rating: 4.46 stars
Old Italian recipe.

Aunt Anne's Sesame Cookies

Rating: 4.83 stars
After trying my hand at countless sesame cookie recipes, my Italian girlfriend shared her Aunt Anne's recipe and I knew my search had ended! Basically an anise flavored butter cookie covered in sesame seeds. The smell when removing them from the oven is wonderful!

Inspiration and Ideas

Mexican Sugar Cookies

Rating: Unrated
Cut-out cookies rolled in sugar and cinnamon.

Traditional Springerle

Rating: Unrated
We have made these very traditional German cookies every year since I was a child. My mother remembers her grandmother making them with this recipe that has been in our family for generations. The molds can be hard to find, but check specialty cookware stores and antique shops.


Rating: 5 stars

An Italian biscuit, hard and crunchy. Serve with Vin Santo or coffee.