Italian White Cookies

Angela Pietrantonio


Of all the cookies in the world, these are my all time favorite. To me the anise is the best! I make these for the Christmas season and I give them out as gifts!
From my family's own personal recipe!


★★★★★ 3 votes

About 6 to 7 dozen
20 Min
15 Min


  • 1/2 c
  • 2 Tbsp
  • 6
  • 1 1/4 c
  • 3/4 c
  • 2 Tbsp
  • 2 Tbsp
    anise (or your favorite extract)
  • 6 c
  • 6 Tbsp
    baking powder
  • ·
    pinch of salt

  • 1 lb
    powdered sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsp
    vanilla extract
  • 1/2 c

How to Make Italian White Cookies


  1. Preheat oven to 350*

    Melt butter & shortening; cool.
    Beat eggs, stir in sugar, milk, oil & extract. Mix in butter/shortening mixture. Add flour, baking powder & salt, mix well. Dough should be soft but not sticky, add small amounts of flour if needed to reach a soft consistency.
  2. Roll dough into 1" balls and place on lightly greased baking sheet about 1" apart. Bake 12-15 minutes or until bottoms are lightly browned, cool on racks.
  3. Icing:

    Mix powdered sugar, vanilla extract & milk until smooth. I use my food processor to mix the icing, it comes out smooth and silky!

    Glaze with icing and sprinkle with colored sprinkles or jimmies.

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About Italian White Cookies

Course/Dish: Cookies
Regional Style: Italian
Hashtag: #Anise

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