Grandma Roses Italian Genettis 1946

"Soft Italian cake type cookie. this recipe has been in the family before I was born, so I will label it as 1946..."
photo by Jill L. photo by Jill L.
photo by Jill L.
photo by andypandy photo by andypandy
Ready In:
48 cookies




  • Beat eggs with oil and sugar five minutes.
  • Combine the milk and anise flavour.
  • Combine the flour and salt and baking powder.
  • Add dry ingredients into wet ingredients.
  • Make a soft, very soft dough.
  • Soft but not sticky.
  • If you add too much flour they will be dry cookies.
  • Roll pieces of dough into finger lengths,and widths, and shape into a figure 8.
  • Bake on parchment lined cookie sheet.
  • Bake 350F for 8 to 10 minutes, just bottoms slightly golden.
  • Tops should have no colour.
  • Frost with a glaze of , icing powder, and anise flavour; drop of milk.

Questions & Replies

  1. Should I let the cookies proof before I bake them? I baked them right after cutting them and they did not rise as much as I thought they would.
  2. can i get more recipies to my mail box. i invented a recipie. i.made,a cookie with chopped brazillian nuts ,chopped.almonds ,1 cup.comfectonr sugar flour ,a quarter cup.strong expresso coffe and just like almond cookies recipie i wanted somthing exoctic.


  1. As a child I grew up with these cookies. Looking for the recipe for years untill I lucked out with putting in Italian puff cookie and wala,here it is. I made them the next day waiting for my first tast of memories. As I took the first bite I started to cry I was a child again sitting on my grandmothers porch eating this cookie all over again. That was 50 years ago. Thank you andypandy for bringing me back to a part of my childhood that I had lost many years ago.
  2. I can so relate to the other lady who said she felt like crying because of the flood of childhood memories. Thank you soo much for sharing this piece of Italian heaven. I followed the recipe exactly as shown and they turned out perfectly. I am not used to this success with authentic Italian recipes. I guess my mom and nonna we're helping me a bit.
  3. I come from an itallian community in Canada and when I served this recipe to family and friends - they absolutely said they were the best ever. They are soft and cake like and melt in your mouth. Really easy to bake and if the Itallian community here loves them - then you know you have real winner!
  4. This was refered to me because I posted a request on a message board. I fell in love with this type cookie but the woman who baked them refused to give me the recipe. I was so happy that someone at zar was able to give me a recipe that made almost if not the same cookies. LOVED THEM
  5. i have a really big colection of italian cookie recipes .im going to ad this one it sounds so good.i saw where a women said she asked a person for the recipe and she woulnt give it up . i bake italian cookies every xmass and always asked for recipes and i ahve no problem giving them up. my family loves them and i knwo there will be a day i wont be here anymore or be unable to bake like i do now so i am happy to give my recipes .i will give my email address if anyone is interested in more recipes


Grandmother of two boys, great grandmother of one ...worked in hardware and construction for forty years, read all cookbooks, watch all cook shows on tv. like to cook all types of new recipes.
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