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Anisette Cookies


For the cookies:
1 cup butter, softened
3/4 cups sugar
1 teaspoon anise extract
1 teaspoon lemon extract
3 cups flour
3 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 to 3 eggs

For the glaze:
1 cup powdered sugar
milk
colored sprinkles or non-pareils

To make the cookies, pre-heat oven to 350 F. Beat together butter and sugar until creamy. Stir in extracts, then stir in dry ingredients. Add one egg at a time until dough can be formed into a ball (you will need 1 to 3 eggs depending on the humidity in your kitchen and how large the eggs are). Form dough into 1-inch balls and place 2 inches apart on ungreased cookie sheet. Bake for 15 minutes. Allow to cool 2 minutes on baking sheet, then remove to wire racks to cool completely.

For the glaze, in a small saucepan slowly stir a small amount of milk into the powdered sugar until it creates a glaze thin enough to be spread over the cookies. Stir over low heat then spread over cooled cookies. Quickly top with sprinkles.

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Reviews of Anisette Cookies:

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  Pat in CT  Dec 22, 2013
Would make this again.
Great recipe. I increased the anise to 2 tsp as I like anise and glad I did as they tasted great to me. Easy to make and once iced and decorated with sprinkles it was a great presentation. Will make them again and not hesitate to share the recipe with my family and friends. 5 stars

  A cookie baker in Boston, Ma  Jan 15, 2012
Would make this again.
How many eggs ? I am so confused ? Can anyone help? I live in Boston and right now it's winter so humidity i don't know why this confused is me I was going to just go with 2 eggs. Sort of in between I normally ise large eggs.
Thank you ahead of time for any help
5 stars

  Rosie  Dec 15, 2010
Would make this again.
use a little more annisette to recipe, best tasting cookies ever. add red and green food coloring to frosting for a festive touch, cook a few minutes less for softer delicious bake shop taste cookies 5 stars

  Deanna in Sarasota  Dec 21, 2009
Would make this again.
These taste just like the ones my husband's Italian grandmother used to make every Christmas, but I never got the recipe! I only bake them for about 11 minutes, as her cookies were a bit soft. I also add more Anisette extract to the glaze because I am addicted to the flavor! 5 stars

  A cookie baker  Dec 4, 2009
Would make this again.
It is possible that your baking powder is expired. Try it with some fresh baking poweder and see if that makes a difference. Good luck, becasue these are really good, and traditional in my family. 5 stars

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