I have been making these a lot lately, and have gotten some compliments on them, so I figured I would share the recipe!
These are a typical Italian favorite. My Nanny (mom's mom) used to make these. They are normally made around Christmas but I just love them, so I make them all the time!
I tweaked the original recipe a bit so I will share the way I make them!
Italian Anise Cookies
This recipe will make about 18-20 median size cookies
1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup sugar
3 large eggs
1 tsp almond extract
1 tsp anise extract
2 1/2 cups flour
1 tbsp baking powder
2 tsp milk
Glaze on top
1 1/2 cup confectionery sugar
1/2 tsp anise extract or vanilla...depending on how much anise flavor you want. It's a strong flavor.
3 tbsp of milk ( add one at a time until you get a glaze consistency. Sometime I need to add more than this so just go with your best judgement. It should not be too runny)
Cream the butter and sugar until its mixed well and fluffy. Add in eggs, almond and anise. In a separate bowl mix the flower and the baking powder. Mix in the dry ingredients slowly. Then add in milk. This dough is going to be sticky and wet. That is normal.
Make into desired size balls. They will expand so keep that in mind. The dough will be sticky and hard to work with so wet your hands to shape the ball if you need to. Don't use more flour.
Pop those suckers into the oven on 350 degrees for 10-12 minutes or until golden brown.
Let them cool and make the glaze while you wait. When they are cooled off dip the top of the cookie into the glaze and add sprinkles right away. The glaze will harder so you want to add the sprinkles pronto!
These are so good! I promise! Enjoy!
Hello friends! I am Lisa. Lover of Christ and family, a former television reporter, a wife and a mom who strives to live a healthy, toxic free lifestyle.