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    Italian Grandmother Anise Cookies

    Italian Grandmother Anise Cookies. Photo by lalalucy

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    35 mins

    25 mins

    10 mins

    lalalucy's Note:

    This is my grandmother's recipe, but since I didn't have a chance to know her I think of them as my mom's cookies. She uses 5 pounds of flour in her batch because she makes them once a year for the family reunion, so I whittled her recipe down into a 4 dozen batch. The amount of anise is up to you. If you think you didn't add enough anise to the cookies, you can add some to the icing. I like to leave some of them unfrosted since they're pretty darn good plain.

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    Serves: 24



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    1. 1
      Combine the flour, sugar and heaping tablespoon of baking powder.
    2. 2
      In another bowl whisk together the eggs, vegetable oil and anise extract.
    3. 3
      Combine wet and dry ingredients. Dough will be sticky, add up to an extra 1/4 cup of flour if needed.
    4. 4
      Shape cookies as desired (lightly oiled hands will help). One way to do it: roll about 2 tablespoons of dough between hands until you have a rope, fold rope in half and twist. You can also just make little dough patties.
    5. 5
      Place on ungreased cookie sheets. Bake at 350 degrees for 10 minutes (this is good for dark nonstick sheets, you might need to bake a little longer if using airbake sheets).
    6. 6
      Remove from cookie sheets and let cool completely.
    7. 7
      To make icing, melt butter then add milk. Gradually mix in powdered sugar. Add more sugar or milk until at desired spreading consistency.
    8. 8
      Frost cookies. Icing will harden quickly so add non-pareils or other sprinkles immediately after frosting each cookie.

    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on January 02, 2011


      I looked at a few anise cookies but yours is the one I decided on! I half-ed your recipe, a good recipe in my opinion can be shrunk down, I did use about 1/4 cup more flour. I love anise and could have used 5 teaspoons in my half recipe but I used the recommended so not to make them over powering plus that is all I had.After tasting just the cookie so good not dry at all I thought I needed more anise so with a quick run to the store to buy more anise I will add some to the frosting as well ...nothing like layering flavor, a sprinkle of gold to let every one know that they are as precious as gold! YUMMY they are DELICIOUS! I got 36 on a half recipe.

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    Nutritional Facts for Italian Grandmother Anise Cookies

    Serving Size: 1 (63 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 24

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 230.9
    Calories from Fat 61
    Total Fat 6.8 g
    Saturated Fat 1.6 g
    Cholesterol 46.9 mg
    Sodium 68.6 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 38.7 g
    Dietary Fiber 0.5 g
    Sugars 22.5 g
    Protein 3.5 g

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