Italian Anise Cookies


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These Italian Anise cookies have a mild anise flavoring, which is typical for many Italian desserts. Serve at Christmas, weddings or other special occasions.


6 eggs
5 cups flour
2 tablespoons baking powder
1 tablespoon anise oil
2 cups powdered sugar
1 cup shortening

For Icing:
2 cups powdered sugar
1 teaspoon anise oil
1 cup milk


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

1. Beat eggs until frothy (approximately 6 minutes)
2. Put dry ingredients in a large mixing bowl, add to egg mixture slowly.  Add in the liquid shortening (The dough should be a bead like texture)
3. Pinch into one inch balls and bake for approximately 8 to 10 minutes, making sure not to brown tops.
4. For the icing, mix powdered sugar, anise oil extract and milk with hand mixer.
5. Dip cookie face down in icing while still wet. Add sprinkles!!

Recipe courtesy of Jennifer Scala-McGrath, Cookies by Jenn, 2010.