Italian Anisette "S" Cookies When most Italians see Anisette cookies they think of their Nonnas in the kitchen baking these delicious cookies during the holidays. It is virtually impossible to have an Italian Christmas without these delicious Italian Anisette cookies ! The sweet anise extract in them gives them the taste of black licorice, which is common is various Italian Christmas cookies. They are known for their soft and airy texture. Their icing and sprinkles add to the Christmas spirit!