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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
  • Total Time
    Prep: 30 min. Bake: 10 min./ batch + cooling
  • Makes
    7 dozen


  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1-1/2 cups sugar
  • 6 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon 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 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 and enough milk to achieve spreading consistency. Dip tops of cookies into glaze. If desired, decorate with sprinkles. Let stand until set.
Nutrition Facts
1 cookie: 82 calories, 3g fat (2g saturated fat), 22mg cholesterol, 42mg sodium, 13g carbohydrate (9g sugars, 0 fiber), 1g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1 starch, 1/2 fat.
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  • Danielle
    Nov 19, 2020

    I have been making these cookies for the past two years and are now a permanent part of my Christmas cookie recipe collection. The anise flavor paired with the softness of this cookie is unlike any Christmas cookie I’ve ever had. I color the glaze light blue and sprinkle with clear fine sprinkles which makes them look like they are kissed with icy snow.

  • Kathleen
    Mar 2, 2019

    I am pretty disappointed in these cookies. I was waiting for the pop of Anise flavor and uh oh...nothing. Also they are kind of bland...not much flavor ...I would suggest added much more anise.

  • patricia
    Dec 20, 2018

    Absolutely love these cookies!

  • Foxycook
    Dec 18, 2017

    This is a delightful change from the usual crispy, loaded with something cookie.The cake like texture makes it special. The anise extract makes it great.For those who don't like anise flavoring, I think orange, lemon, or vanilla extract would beperfect, though I would make the icing for vanilla cookie flavored.I didn't make icing to frost the cookie. I made a simple glaze and spoon drizzled it over them, then sprinkled colored sugar on top.

  • msmmitchell
    Jun 23, 2014

    Delicious, but best of all so simple.

  • LindaS_WI
    Jan 2, 2014

    What a delicious cookie. It's now going to be on my must-have Christmas cookie list.