Anise Sugar Cookies Recipe
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Anise Sugar Cookies Recipe

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As much as I love giving away my baking, a few goodies—like these cookies—are "keepers". The light anise flavor and melt-in-your-mouth texture make them a perfect after-dinner treat. —P Marchesi, Rocky Point, Long Island, New York
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 40 min. Bake: 10 min./batch
MAKES:108 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 40 min. Bake: 10 min./batch
MAKES: 108 servings


  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1-1/2 cups sugar
  • 2 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


  1. 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.
  2. Shape into 1-in. balls; place on greased baking sheets. Flatten with a glass dipped in sugar.
  3. 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.
Originally published as Anise Sugar Cookies in Country Woman Christmas Annual 1998, p30

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sheila7m User ID: 1150454 220080
Reviewed Feb. 8, 2015

"Great recipe with just the right amount of anise flavor."

cxps User ID: 6523407 25062
Reviewed Jan. 19, 2014

"It's a great cookie and easy to make"

marilyn1960 User ID: 5086926 32568
Reviewed Dec. 3, 2012

"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."

karen1941 User ID: 6971364 49182
Reviewed Nov. 14, 2012

"After looking for months to find the exact anise sugar cookie that my grandmother made when I was little, I FOUND IT!!! Truly delicious and so easy to make. I am making them for my Cookie Exchange party in December. Hope everyone loves them as I do!"

jockcrush User ID: 6554699 71228
Reviewed Mar. 1, 2012

"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 miss

The 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."

cosmolady User ID: 4075551 32080
Reviewed Jan. 17, 2012

"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..."

spiker1 User ID: 264159 25049
Reviewed Dec. 13, 2011

"Wonderful cookies for Christmas!"

Kridavisrn User ID: 6355740 71018
Reviewed Nov. 25, 2011

"Great and easy recipe! The anise adds in an excellent flavor. I am definitely making these again!"

Jenaz User ID: 5468250 19767
Reviewed Feb. 26, 2011

"My family love the taste of anise so I tried these and already had to make a new batch before a week was up because they were so in demand. They are so easy to make and are so delicious!"

JustKate User ID: 5712590 202995
Reviewed Dec. 19, 2010

"Fab! I think I may have flattened my cookies a little too much. They are thin and crispy, but they don't fall apart. They are delicious! I added Anise extract to my frosting as well, and the coarse sugar gives them a magical appearance. I got at least 108 cookies. I will definitely make these again!"

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