Anginettes or Orange Juice Cookies

"Small, light delicious, easy to make cookie. You can make two ways, either with anisette extract or lemon extract, depends upon your preference. Note: this is a dry type cookies, but delicious"
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Ready In:
30-40 cookies


  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 34 cup sugar
  • 3 teaspoons baking powder
  • 12 teaspoon baking soda
  • 12 cup Crisco
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon lemon extract (your preference) or 1 teaspoon anise extract (your preference)
  • 12 cup orange juice
  • Glaze

  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 4 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 2 tablespoons orange juice
  • 1 teaspoon lemon extract (your preference) or 1 teaspoon anise extract (your preference)
  • candy sprinkles, for shaking over cookies


  • Cream crisco and sugar until well blended, add eggs, mix well, then the extract & orange juice,blend in, then add the baking powder and baking soda, mixing well, finally adding the flour mixing well. Bake at 450 degrees. Preheat oven prior to baking. Bake for 5-6 minutes. Can leave in a minute longer for a very slightly browned cookie. Do Not Overbake, or they will be no good, as this is not a moist type of cookie.
  • Drop by teaspoonful fairly closely set, as they do not really expand out. Depending upon "your teaspoonful size" you will get several dozen of these. Or you can roll pscs. into small logs and then spiral.
  • Glaze:

  • Melt the butter in medium pan, adding all the other ingredients, whisking until sugar melts and it is heated through. Consistency should not be too loose nor too thick, should coat cookie evenly without a great deal of dripping. You can add additional small amounts of confectioners sugar if necessary to thicken a bit more.
  • Apply glaze with spoon or dipping into the pan, and immediately sprinkle with the colored sprinkles. Let Dry.
  • Note: I have on many occasions added an extra teaspoon of extract and a tad bit more of orange juice to both the cookie mix and the glaze for extra flavor. Hope you enjoy this little bit of Italian flavor!

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  1. Mary Beth T.
    I love this recipe. I bake @ 375 use almond and orange extract with a squeeze of fresh lemon. Also butter crisci makes a huge difference. Thanks for posting.
  2. cmp2491
    I've always loved these cookies (purchased from Italian bakeries in NY). Haven't found them in ages and delighted to find the recipe. They are PERFECT. Everyone who has tried them thinks they are delicious. Easy to make, company worthy and delicious enough to bring to someone's house. Can't believe only two of us have reviewed this. Everyone should try them.
  3. ajplacido
    I absolutely love this recipe! Thank you so much for posting it- these cookies remind me of my childhood and I could never find a recipe that was so easy or so very tasty. Thank you again!



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