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Frosted Anise Sugar Cookies

 Frosted Anise Sugar Cookies
These soft, cake-like cookies have a pleasant anise flavor that's distinct but not overpowering. I add red and green sprinkles for Christmas, but you could decorate them to suit any occasion.—Janice Eanni, Willowick, Ohio
84 ServingsPrep: 30 min. Bake: 10 min./ batch + cooling


  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1-1/2 cups sugar
  • 6 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon McCormick® Pure Vanilla Extract
  • 3/4 teaspoon anise extract
  • 3-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 4 teaspoons baking powder
  • GLAZE:
  • 3 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 4 teaspoons butter, softened
  • 3/4 teaspoon McCormick® Pure Vanilla Extract
  • 1/4 to 1/3 cup whole milk
  • Colored sprinkles, optional


  • Preheat oven to 350°. In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar
  • until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs and extracts. In another bowl,
  • whisk flour and baking powder; gradually beat into creamed mixture.
  • Drop by tablespoonfuls 2 in. apart onto greased baking sheets. Bake
  • 8-10 minutes or until light brown. Remove from pans to wire racks to
  • cool completely.
  • For glaze, in a large bowl, mix confectioners' sugar, butter, vanilla

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Frosted Anise Sugar Cookies (continued)

Directions (continued)

  • and enough milk to achieve spreading consistency. Dip tops of
  • cookies into glaze. If desired, decorate with sprinkles. Let stand
  • until set. Yield: 7 dozen.
Nutritional Facts: 1 cookie equals 82 calories, 3 g fat (2 g saturated fat), 22 mg cholesterol, 42 mg sodium, 13 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, 1 g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1 starch, 1/2 fat.