Glazed Anise Cookies Recipe
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Glazed Anise Cookies Recipe

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Years ago, my German neighbor made similar cookies and hung them on her Christmas tree for the neighbor kids to eat. I finally came up with my own recipe and have been very pleased with the results.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. + chilling Bake: 10 min./batch + cooling
MAKES:36 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. + chilling Bake: 10 min./batch + cooling
MAKES: 36 servings


  • 2/3 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tablespoon aniseed
  • 2 teaspoons anise extract
  • 2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • GLAZE:
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 cup hot water
  • 1/8 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1 teaspoon anise extract
  • Paste food coloring, optional
  • 2-1/2 to 3 cups confectioners' sugar

Nutritional Facts

2 each: 165 calories, 4g fat (2g saturated fat), 21mg cholesterol, 82mg sodium, 32g carbohydrate (24g sugars, 0 fiber), 1g protein.


  1. In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in aniseed and extract. Combine the flour, baking powder and salt; gradually add to the creamed mixture. Cover and refrigerate for 1 hour or until easy to handle.
  2. On a lightly floured surface, roll out to 1/4-in. thickness. Cut with floured 2-1/2-in. cookie cutters. Place 1 in. apart on ungreased baking sheets.Bake 375° for 10-12 minutes or until lightly browned. Remove to wire racks to cool.
  3. In a large heavy saucepan, combine the sugar, water and cream of tartar; bring to a boil over low heat. Cook and stir until a candy thermometer reads 226° (thread stage). Cool to 110° (do not stir). Stir in the extract, food coloring if desired and enough confectioners' sugar to achieve spreading consistency. Spread over cookies. Yield: about 6 dozen.
Editor's Note: We recommend that you test your candy thermometer before each use by bringing water to a boil; the thermometer should read 212°. Adjust your recipe temperature up or down based on your test.
Originally published as Glazed Anise Cookies in Best of Country Cookies 1999, p46

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joan c User ID: 5793120 86537
Reviewed Apr. 23, 2012

"This recipe caught my eye as a sugar cookie which I make usually during the holidays. What I like about this recipe is it takes less than an hour to chill and your ready to roll. For sugar cookies I would substitute vanilla instead of anise extract and delete the aniseed. I only needed to bake mine for 5 minutes, not 10 minutes!"

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