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Anise Sugar Cookies

As much as I love giving away my baking, a few goodies—like these anise Christmas cookies—are keepers. The light flavor and melt-in-your-mouth texture make them one of my favorite anise recipes. —P Marchesi, Rocky Point, Long Island, New York
  • Total Time
    Prep: 40 min. Bake: 10 min./batch
  • Makes
    9 dozen


  • 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.
Nutrition Facts
1 cookie: 40 calories, 2g fat (1g saturated fat), 8mg cholesterol, 53mg sodium, 5g carbohydrate (3g sugars, 0 fiber), 1g protein.
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  • Sylvia
    Jan 8, 2017

    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!!

  • Susan
    Dec 28, 2016

    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?

  • sheila7m
    Feb 8, 2015

    Great recipe with just the right amount of anise flavor.

  • cxps
    Jan 19, 2014

    It's a great cookie and easy to make

  • 3254090
    Dec 19, 2012

    No comment left

  • Griahne
    Dec 15, 2012

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  • marilyn1960
    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
    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
    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 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.

  • cosmolady
    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...