Italian Anisettes

Kathie Carr


One of my mother-in-laws famous Christmas cookies. If your family does not like anise you can use lemon or almond extract.

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4 c
1 c
1/2 c
2 tsp
baking powder
3/4 c
vegetable oil
1 Tbsp
anise extract


1 c
powdered sugar
1 Tbsp
hot water
1 tsp
anise extract

How to Make Italian Anisettes


  • 1Preheat oven to 375 degrees. In large bowl, mix flour, baking powder and white sugar. Make a well in the center and add oil, milk, 1 tablespoon anise extract, and eggs. Mix together well.
  • 2Oil fingers and pinch off dough in 1 inch pieces. Roll into a ball and place on a lightly greased cookie sheet, 1 inch apart, flatten top slightly. Bake for 8 minutes. Frost while warm.
  • 3To make icing blend in 1 teaspoon anise extract and enough hot water to 1 cup confectioner's sugar to form a smooth icing. You can decorate with colored sugar or sprinkles if desired.

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About Italian Anisettes

Course/Dish: Cookies, Chocolate
Hashtag: #Anise

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