- 1 cup butter, softened
- 1-1/2 cups sugar
- 2 large eggs
- 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon anise extract
- 3 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 to 1-1/2 teaspoons aniseed
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- Frosting and coarse sugar, optional
- In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs and extract. Combine the flour, aniseed, salt, baking powder and baking soda; gradually add to creamed mixture and mix well.
- Shape into 1-in. balls; place on greased baking sheets. Flatten with a glass dipped in sugar.
- Bake at 375° for 6-7 minutes or until set. Cool on wire racks. If desired, frost cookies and sprinkle with coarse sugar. Yield: 9 dozen.
Reviews for Anise Sugar Cookies
"Loved this recipe! We used cookie cutters and rolled out the dough. I wasn't sure if it would work at first but I had no problem at all and they came out perfect!!"
"Sorry, but this recipe must not "halve" well. I love anise and couldn't wait to try these. What a disappointment. Since it's only my husband and me I made half a recipe. Sticky and impossible to roll into balls, salty tasting, and baked flat and greasy. I am NOT a novice baker as I have been baking for over 50 years. What is wrong with this recipe?"
"Great recipe with just the right amount of anise flavor."
"Has anyone tried this recipe without frosting but used color sugars or other decorations? I try to not use any frosting on my cookies because I have to make a lot and storing is harder. Thanks."
"I am a cookie monster, I substituted one cup sugar substitute for the sugar, added one small bag of fresh frozen cranberries folded in from the freezer at the last in place of pecans,and added 1/3 cup Dark karo SURYP into the butter mixture. EVERYTHING ELSE I FOLLOWED TO THE LETTER, baking 7 mins, resting, 7 mins, then baking another 7 missThe purpose is to allow the old familliar Christmas popping sounds of the Cranberries, SIMULAR to bring inside tightly closed pine cones as they open indoors to spread their seeds. WONDERFULLY EXCITING FOR THE KIDS."
"I love the Anise flavor and am never sure how much to put in the cookie recipe. I solved it by putting the Anise in the frosting and I can adjust to my taste..."
"Wonderful cookies for Christmas!"
"Great and easy recipe! The anise adds in an excellent flavor. I am definitely making these again!"