Culture Desserts Recipes

Anise Cookies Recipe


  • Yield: 3 dozen cookies


  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 3/4 cups sugar
  • 1 teaspoon anise extract
  • 1 teaspoon lemon extract 
  • 3 cups flour
  • 3 teaspoons baking powder (Yes, really. These guys will puff up. And they are supposed to be airy, almost like a biscuit, but not quite.)
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3 eggs
  • Glaze Ingredients:* 1 cup powdered sugar
  • Milk (eyeball it, no specific measurement, you choose your consistency)
  • Colored sprinkles



  1. Pre-heat oven to 350 F.
  2. Beat together butter and sugar until creamy.
  3. Stir in anise and lemon
  4. Add eggs. Blend.
  5. Add dry ingredients – blend together.
  6. The dough should be almost crumbly, but when you roll it in your hand it stays together.
  7. Form dough into 1-inch balls and place 2 inches apart on ungreased cookie sheet. (Try not to get much bigger than 1 inch)
  8. Bake for 15 minutes.
  9. Cool and glaze.


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