Italian Anise Cookies

10 Dec

 

 

I love making  these cake-like Italian cookies with Anise during the holidays.  They bring back fond memories of baking in the kitchen with my mother when I was a little girl.  These cookies taste good frosted or plain and what’s even better is dipping them in coffee!  Enjoy!

 

Susan T's Kitchen

Susan T’s Kitchen

 

Ingredients For The Cookies

  • 1/2 cup butter or margarine softened
  • 1/2 cup of sugar ( I like sugar in the raw)
  • 3/4 cup applesauce or 3 large eggs (if you want no eggs in your cookies use 1/4 cup applesauce per egg)
  • 2 teaspoons anise extract
  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose unbleached flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 2-3 tablespoons of non-dairy milk (rice dream, almond dream, soy milk) or you can use regular milk

 Ingredients For The Icing

  • 2 cups confectioners’ sugar
  • 3 tablespoons non dairy milk or regular milk
  • 1/8 teaspoon anise extract

Directions For Cookies

  1. Pre-heat  oven to 350.  Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
  2. In a mixer cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
  3. Add the applesauce 1/4 cup at a time, or the eggs  one at a time, mixing after each and last add the anise extract.
  4. In a separate bowl mix flour and baking powder.
  5. Add 1/3  at a time of the dry ingredients to the butter sugar mixture.
  6. Mix and then add 1 tablespoon of milk.
  7. Add another 1/3  of the dry ingredients and 1 tablespoon of milk – mix.
  8. Add the remaining dry mixture and milk , mix until the dough is soft like drop cookie dough.
  9. If needed add more flour.
  10. Use a cookie scooper to make simple round drop cookies. Or a spoon.
  11.  Bake the cookies for 10-12 minutes, do not allow to brown, so the insides will be soft and cake like.
  12. Use a toothpick to check.
  13. Remove and allow to cool.

Directions For The Icing   

  1. Mix sugar, milk beverage and Anise extract to make a sugar glaze.
  2. When cookie is cool enough spread the icing on top.
  3. Allow the icing to harden on the cookies and then store in air-tight containers or freeze.
  4. Hint…they taste good frozen!

 

I love dipping these cookies in coffee!

Italian Anise Cookies

 

 

 

 

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3 Responses to “Italian Anise Cookies”

  1. Joy December 15, 2014 at 6:24 pm #

    These look and sound amazing. My next sweet treat! 🙂

  2. Frugal Hausfrau January 28, 2015 at 6:32 pm #

    My family has a recipe for Anise Cookies, but they were German, and a bit harder and no frosting! It was fun to see the differences!

  3. Susan T's Kitchen December 6, 2015 at 3:47 am #

    Reblogged this on Susan T's Kitchen.

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