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Anise Icebox Cookies

These crisp, old-fashioned spice cookies are one of my favorite anise recipes to cook up—especially around the holidays. —Sharon Nichols, Brookings, South Dakota
  • Total Time
    Prep: 25 min. + chilling Bake: 10 min./batch
  • Makes
    about 5-1/2 dozen


  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 large egg, room temperature
  • 2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped pecans
  • 1 tablespoon aniseed


  • In a large bowl, cream butter and sugars until light and fluffy, 5-7 minutes. Beat in egg. Combine the flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon and cloves; gradually add to creamed mixture and mix well. Stir in pecans and aniseed.
  • Shape into two 10-in. rolls; wrap each in waxed paper. Refrigerate for 4 hours.
  • Preheat oven to 375°. Unwrap dough; cut 1/4 in. off the ends of each roll. Cut dough into 1/4-in. slices. Place 2 in. apart on ungreased baking sheets. Bake 8-10 minutes or until golden brown. Remove to wire racks to cool.
Nutrition Facts
1 cookie: 74 calories, 4g fat (2g saturated fat), 10mg cholesterol, 61mg sodium, 10g carbohydrate (6g sugars, 0 fiber), 1g protein.
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  • Kami
    Dec 14, 2017

    I love these cookies and have been making them for years! They are simple, but tastey and hard to resist! The dough is yummy, too. I love that the dough can be kept frozen and then removed, sliced and baked as needed.... perfect for unexpected company! My 15 year old son and I are making a batch of these for an assignment in his German class. He loves them, too.

  • Issherrijo
    Jan 26, 2016

    Best in taste and texture! My favorite "adult" cookie.

  • webesmiley
    Jun 14, 2012

    This cookie recipe is one of my go-to recipes...I've lost count as to how many times I've baked them! Flavor reminds me of Dutch (Speculaas) spice cookies that I used to dunk in my tea as a kid. Easy to whip the dough up and bake fresh as needed. Also freeze extremely well. Highly recommended recipe to try!

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    Dec 11, 2005

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