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Italian Anise Cookies

Italian Anise Cookies
Makes 7 dozen

  • 1/2 pound butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 6 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla or anise extract (We used 1 teaspoon anise so it wouldn't be overly strong)
  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 4 teaspoons baking powder


  • 3-3/4 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 5 to 6 tablespoons 2% milk


  • Flaked coconut or assorted sprinkles

1. In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs and extract. Combine flour and baking powder; gradually add to creamed mixture and mix well.

2. Drop by rounded teaspoonfuls onto ungreased baking sheets. Bake at 350° for 9-11 minutes or until bottoms are lightly browned. Remove to wire racks to cool completely.

3. For icing, in a small bowl, combine the confectioners' sugar, vanilla and enough milk to achieve desired consistency. Dip cookies in icing; allow excess to drip off. Place on waxed paper; decorate as desired. Let stand until set.

Recipe from Taste of Home