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Frosted Anise Cookies

I love anise flavoring, and my nana loved sugar cookies, so I put them together. These have a soft, from-scratch texture. It’s hard to stop at just one! —Rachele Angeloni, North Providence, Rhode Island
  • Total Time
    Prep: 30 min. Bake: 10 min./batch + cooling
  • Makes
    3-1/2 dozen

Ingredients

  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1-1/2 cups sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon anise extract
  • 2-3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 can (16 ounces) vanilla frosting
  • Holiday sprinkles

Directions

  • Cream butter and sugar in a large bowl until light and fluffy. Beat in egg and extract. Combine the flour, baking soda and baking powder; gradually add to creamed mixture and mix well.
  • Drop by tablespoonfuls 2 in. apart onto ungreased baking sheets. Bake at 375° for 9-11 minutes or until golden brown. Remove to wire racks to cool completely.
  • Spread cookies with frosting and decorate with sprinkles. Let stand until set. Store in an airtight container.
To Make Ahead: Package cookies in an airtight container, separating layers with waxed paper and freeze for up to 1 month.
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  • JaculinU
    Dec 6, 2016

    I've made similar cookies in the last several years and just love anise and borrowed a step from my grandmother and that is on the parchment paper before baking, pour a little of the anise extract and "smear" all over the paper and then place the dough. and baked

  • lfalana
    Dec 26, 2014

    Great results from this recipe. These seemed easy to make and the family all loved them.Will add this to my favorites file !

  • angieherzberger
    Dec 21, 2013

    I don't like anise flavoring but these cookies are really great. It's my new tradition for baking for my grandparents who do love the flavoring. Everyone enjoys them.

  • AMANDALEEANN
    Dec 2, 2013

    YUMMY!!! This is a wonderful recipe! People who normally don't like anise flavor even liked these. I also tried them with almond flavor in place of the anise (and in the frosting as well) and they were equally tasty!Note: I increased the flour by 1/2 cup because I live at a higher elevation.