52 Reviews

Great recipe! I used vanilla extract instead of anise extract because I don't like the taste of anise.

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KitchenPrincess28 November 05, 2013

The Anise cookies are great, my Calabrese Grandma made them, but she twisted them into a kind of knot. I don't do that. Too much work.

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tinorozzo_10162950 January 15, 2013

I make these cookies at Christmas and Easter to take to work (just change the colors of the sprinkles!) where they are a big hit. I do add more milk to the icing to thin it out, otherwise I run out before all the cookies are glazed. My kitchen is usually a mess when I'm done with sprinkles and icing everywhere, but the dog enjoys hunting down and destroying stray sprinkles. All is good...

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deraysa December 20, 2012

Yum...been looking for a recipe like this for years! So good - add a bit more anise to the icing if you want a bit more of a licorice flavor!

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Chef Rupes December 05, 2012

1st time trying to make these cookies & what a HUGE success! My daughter has been asking for these for years as my Aunt & Grandmother always made them. Ours came out better then I remember ever having. Doubled the batch but followed it exactly , perfect amount of Anis flavor, cant wait to make these again as a lemon cookie.

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jenlen63 February 19, 2012

Awesome! I love anise cookies and these are wonderful. Soft and cakey with just the right amount of anise flavor. Am laughing now as I see the directions to leave these out overnight to allow the icing to harden. They didn't make it that long at my house! Even the neighbor kids and my son who swears he hates licorice were picking them off the cooling racks. I got 44 cookies and had exactly the right amount of icing, so next time I may make a little extra just to be safe. Thanks for sharing the recipe!

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LonghornMama December 18, 2011

Like other reviewers I was trying to duplicate anise cookies I had made long ago but had lost the recipe. These cookies are actually better than my original recipe. They are easy to make and delicious.

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boston cook January 29, 2011

Wonderful cookies! Easy to make and taste great

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Julianna76 December 25, 2010

use cake flour instead of all purpose flour if not they come out too dry and biscoutty...and really no more than 8 mins is necessary

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R DePino December 24, 2010

Sorry, I wasn't loving these. I felt the anise flavor was too weak in the cookies and too strong in the icing. But I am used to anise flavored things that use the seeds as an ingredient, not the extract.

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Demandy May 11, 2010
Italian Anise Cookies With Icing and Sprinkles