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Italian Anise Christmas Cookies – Recipe πŸŽ„

This recipe makes several dozen cookies, perfect for holiday parties!

These cookies taste just like Christmas during my childhood! I love the flavor of anise, especially in cookies. I used different Christmas cookie cutter shapes which you can find here. This dough can be sticky so I recommend using extra flour for dusting your rolling pin, the cookie cutters and your work surface. This recipe is great for cookie bakes and parties because it makes several dozen cookies.Β 


  • 3 cups ap flour + more for dusting
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/2 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/2 tablespoon baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 2 tsp anise extract
  • Red and green colored sugar for decoration


  1. In a bowl, using a hand or stand mixer, beat the butter and sugar together until creamy. Next, beat in the eggs one at a time followed byΒ the anise extract.Β 
  2. Slowly mix in the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt.Β Β 
  3. The mixture should be creamy and smooth. Cover and let rest in the fridge for at least an hour until firm.Β 
  4. Preheat oven to 375 F.Β 
  5. On a well-floured work surface, roll out dough with a floured rolling pin until it’s about 1/4-1/2 inch thick.
  6. Using cookie cutters, cut dough into shapes and lay on a greased baking sheet. Note: You can also use silicone mats or parchment paper. Decorate with the colored sugar.
  7. Bake 6-9 minutes or until golden brown. Let cool on the tray for 5 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.Β 
  8. Enjoy!

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