Grandma Lu's Vanilla Anisette Christmas Cookies
Blue Ribbon Recipe
I really enjoyed these cookies! They are not overly sweet. The anisette flavor is lovely and subtle. The Test Kitchen smelled amazing while these were baking. I had a hard time waiting for them to cool so I could ice them. The Test Kitchen
1 cbutter, softened at room temperature
2 tsppure vanilla extract
6 call-purpose flour
2 Tbspbaking powder
3 cpowdered sugar
2 1/2 tsppure vanilla extract
How to Make Grandma Lu's Vanilla Anisette Christmas Cookies
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
In large bowl of stand mixer on high speed, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. (about 3 minutes)
- Next, add in eggs, 2 teaspoons pure vanilla and 1 teaspoon anisette, reduce speed to low, slowly add in flour, salt, and baking powder, mix until incorporated.
- Spoon out approximately 1 tablespoon each of dough, roll into a ball, then into a rope and shape into pretzel form.
Bake on ungreased large cookie sheets in preheated oven for approximately 12-15 minutes, until golden in color. Cool.
- To make frosting: Combine 3 cups powdered sugar, 1 tablespoon milk, 2 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla and 1/2-3/4 anisette together in medium bowl with hand held mixer on low or wooden spoon. (may add extra milk depending on consistency preference)
Spoon over cooled cookies, and top with sprinkles.
Makes approximately 4 dozen cookies depending on size preference.