Anise Extract and Oil Recipes

Anise extract and oil is found in many traditional cookies and desserts. We have top-rated recipes for anise flavoring, including springerle, pizzelles, anisette cookies, Easter breads, Italian biscotti and many other desserts.

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Rating: 4.5 stars 1109
Light and crunchy anise-flavored cookies perfect for dipping in coffee.

Italian Anisette Cookies

Rating: 4.5 stars 170
Old Italian recipe.
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Pfeffernusse Cookies

Rating: 4.5 stars 224
I have searched far and wide for a recipe that mimics my favorite, store-bought version of these cookies. I think, after days of thrown-out cookies, I have come as close as I can get.

Italian Biscotti

Rating: 4.5 stars 218
A traditional biscotti recipe. Great for dunking in coffee or tea.
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Aunt Anne's Sesame Cookies

Rating: 5 stars 151
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!

Anise Biscotti

Rating: 4.5 stars 180
Delicious, with a hint of licorice flavor. You can store these in an airtight container for over a month.
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Italian Cookies with Anise

Rating: 4.5 stars 5
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!


Rating: 4 stars 15
Pastia is what Italians make at Easter.
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Pizzelles II

Rating: 4.5 stars 202
An thin traditional anise flavored Italian cookie made with a pizzelle iron.

Anisette Toast

Rating: 5 stars 59
Anise flavored Italian biscotti-like cookie that is lighter and softer in texture. This 'twice baked' cookie is enjoyable with a cup of coffee or anytime.

Italian Easter Bread (Anise Flavored)

Rating: 4.5 stars 44
Growing up, this was the best treat of Easter morning (and still is)! One bite of this light, fluffy, sweet bread and you're twelve years old again! Bakery quality in two hours. Try this South Philly Italian tradition and keep the heritage alive...Buona Pasqua a Tutti!

Chombolini (Italian Anise Cake)

Very quick and easy Italian anise lemon cake just like Mama used to make! Serve with a thin icing of milk and confectioners' sugar.

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Pizzelles I
Rating: Unrated 58
You must have a pizzelle iron to make these wafer thin cookies. My pizzelle iron is the single cookie iron that you break into 4 triangles.
Licorice Caramels
Rating: Unrated 58
This is a mouthwatering candy recipe that is as close to the Callard and Bowser licorice flavored caramels as you can get. I got this recipe from my sister, and once you have a piece, you can't stop eating them!
Kourambiathes (Greek Cookies)
Rating: 3.5 stars 11

A traditional Greek shortbread cookie. Adds a good flavor to any holiday!